While the Bisons football team had a fantastic pre-season game, stomping the University of Regina Rams 26-7 and with kicker Maya Turner continuing to make history by recording both a 39-yard and a 15-yard field goal, the home opener on Friday night at IG Field was a heartbreaker.
The herd put up 25 points in the first half against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies — who the Bisons have not beaten since 2019 — only to fall 30-27 after the hounds roared back in the second half of the game.
Bisons receiver AK Gassama was a star in the game, as was running back Breydon Stubbs, who carried the ball eight times for 33 yards, including a huge 19-yard scamper in the second quarter.
And although kicker Vinny De Rosa missed two field goal attempts, he was able to remain in the game after a vicious Huskies hit in the second quarter that led to a roughing the kicker penalty, allowing the Bisons to continue their possession and ultimately score a touchdown.
Starting quarterback Jackson Tachinski recorded 208 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
The defence were fantastic from the start, with interceptions from defensive backs Nick Conway and Sebastien Reid, the latter intercepting Huskies quarterback Anton Amundrud’s first throw of the game.
The Bisons golf team spent the weekend at the Augsburg Invitational hosted by Augsburg University at the Majestic Oaks Golf Course in Ham Lake, Minn. The herd finished mid-pack, seventh overall in the 12-school tournament, shooting a team total of +47.
Veteran golfer Cole Peters finished the best for the herd individually, tied for ninth overall with an impressive +6 over the two-day tournament.
Fellow veteran Trent Robertson finished not far behind, tied for 18th overall and shooting +9.
The Bisons had three individual players join their squad for the tournament. Chase Jonas and Jose Mekish-Lacquette both tied for 26th overall, shooting an impressive +11. In fact, Jonas had nine fewer strokes and Mekish-Lacquette shot seven fewer strokes on their respective day twos of the tournament.
The third individual player, Jack Rudick, finished with +16, with four fewer strokes on day two.
As for the other three returning Bisons, Derek Benson shot +15, Lachlan Allerton shot +19 and Brent Ingram shot +25, with all three players improving their scores on the second day of the tournament.
Bisons women’s soccer
The Bisons women’s soccer team started the 2023 campaign out of town Aug. 26 against the University of Calgary Dinos. The herd fell to the dinosaurs 4-0 in its first game of the season but quickly bounced back in its second game on Aug. 27 against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The Bisons beat the Pronghorns 2-1 with both goals coming from forward Camila Goldsztein. Goldsztein kept up the offensive output in her next game against the University of Alberta Pandas Saturday at IG Field in the herd’s home opener. Though the Bisons fell 2-1 to the Pandas, Goldsztein’s pass to forward Janelle Chomini off a steal from midfielder Jessica Tsai led to Chomini’s goal. Veteran goalkeeper Karina Bagi was also integral to keeping the herd in the game, with fantastic stops against the Pandas throughout the second half.
The herd started better in its final game of the weekend on Sunday against the MacEwan University Griffins. Bisons veteran forward Nicole Davis scored the opening goal early in the game off a header by Tsai. But the Griffins, who had been on a dominating 3-0 run in the standings, tied the score in the opening half before scoring again in the second, beating the herd 2-1.
The Bisons are now 1-3 on the season.