U of M women's soccer in Top 10

ADAM WAZNY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

The Manitoba Bisons women's soccer program woke up to some good news yesterday, finding themselves situated among the Canadian Interuniversity Sport elite once again.

The Herd, ranked eighth in the nation (the first time the team has been in the Top 10 since 2005), took both games last weekend, scoring a 2-1 win over Fraser Valley and a 2-0 decision against Trinity Western to push their record to 3-1 this young season.

"To shut out Trinity Western, who (was) ranked fourth in the country, on their home field was phenomenal," assistant coach Gary Johnson said. "To shut down the leading scorer in the conference, Carlee O'Brien, was phenomenal. I'm bubbling like a young bride here."

The Bisons are led by forward Karli Colpitts, who was named the Canada West female athlete of the week yesterday. After scoring twice on the B.C. trip, the third-year Winnipeg-product is tied for the conference lead in goals (four) -- a nice start considering she missed the 2006 season with a knee injury.

Matching up against one of the top players in the country was a huge motivator for Colpitts.

"(O'Brien) was the (reigning) Canada West athlete of the week and I said at our meeting before the games it was going to be 'the Karli (vs. Carlee) showdown,' " Colpitts recalled, laughing. "I was just being goofy and dumb, but the next day I thought about it and I really wanted to step up and beat her."

Manitoba takes on Lethbridge (Saturday, 10 a.m.) and Calgary (Sunday, noon) at University Stadium this weekend.

VOLLEYBALL: The 2007 NORCECA Women's Continental Championship isn't the only big volleyball tournament in the city this weekend as the University of Winnipeg's Leah Marc Invitational gets underway at a number of locations Friday.

"There are 11 CIS teams coming to watch the national women's team and they're also getting together to play volleyball against different conferences," Bisons head coach Ken Bentley said. "(Wesmen head coach) Diane Scott put this together and has done a great job organizing this pre-season event."

Toronto, Regina, Trinity Western, Saskatchewan, Sherbrooke, Alberta, McGill, Simon Fraser, and Guelph are the other schools in town for the three-day event.


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