CALGARY, ALTA., (Oct. 28, 2018) - The NAIT Ooks are your 2018/19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Soccer Champions.
The Ooks received a goal from Yuri Akatsi in the 109th minute sealed the deal, as they beat the host SAIT Trojans 2-1 in overtime to earn their ninth career ACAC title Sunday afternoon at SAIT's Cohos Commons Field.
By reaching Sunday's championship final, both teams have earned berths in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship - hosted by Douglas College in Coquitlam, B.C.
In the game, it was NAIT who struck first when Yumi Ishimura beat Trojans goalkeeper Amy Offredi.
SAIT waited until right after halftime to equalize when Deanna Kuan broke through the NAIT defense, lost control of the ball, regained control and tucked the ball just inside the left post.
Tied 1-1 after regulation, the teams went to a pair of 15-minute halves.
In the second half of overtime, the Ooks went ahead on a corner kick in which they caught the Trojans napping. A quick kick to Akatsu was followed up by a bullet off her foot and inside the right post.
SAIT pushed and pushed to find a way to tie the game, but could not find a way to get the job done.
The silver medal earned by the Trojans is the first of its kind for the program.
Akatsu was named her team's Player of the Game, as well as being named the Tournament's MVP. Teammates Kailey Mohn and Marissa Webb were named Tournament All-Stars.
Kuan and teammate Mataya Blakney earned All-Tournament honours for the Trojans.