UBC Thunderbirds claim national women's soccer title

T-Birds 1, Dinos 0: Danielle Steer headed in the winning goal in the 79th minute

UBC Thunderbird Natasha Klasios, right, congratulates teammate Danielle Steer for scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal against University of Calgary Dinos goalkeeper Lauren Houghton during the 2019 U Sports Women's Soccer Championship final in Victoria. Rich Lam/UBC Athletics Photo / PNG

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Danielle Steer headed in the winning goal in the 79th minute as the UBC Thunderbirds claimed the 2019 U Sports women’s soccer national championship with a 1-0 win over the Calgary Dinos on Sunday in Victoria.

“I saw the ball coming in deep and knew from what we worked on in practice to go to the penalty spot,” Steer, a third-year player out of Surrey, told U-Sports.ca. “I saw the ball coming and knew I needed to get something on it. I put everything in my body to get a touch on it. I got a bit of my head on it and when I saw it roll in, it was the best feeling I’ve ever had.”

UBC Thunderbirds celebrate after defeating the University of Calgary Dinos 1-0 to win the 2019 U Sports Women’s Soccer championships at UVic in Victoria, BC, November, 10, 2019. Rich Lam/UBC Athletics Photo / PNG

Steer’s winning goal, which sailed over the head of Dino keeper Lauren Houghton, came off a cross from Natasha Klasios.

The win capped a perfect championship weekend for the T-Birds, who won all three of its games by the same 1-0 score. Fourth-year goalkeeper Emily Moore earned three clean sheets in the UBC net.

The win also provided the ultimate measure of revenge for the T-Birds, who lost 1-0 to the same Dinos in the Canada West final.

It was UBC’s seventh national women’s soccer title and first since 2015.

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