For the first time in five seasons of Western Women’s Canadian Football, the Saskatoon Valkyries have suffered a loss on their home turf. Said loss came courtesy of their archrivals, the Regina Riot (who also handed them their first loss in league history in 2013). The win elevated the Riot into first place in the Prairie Conference.
Held at Saskatoon Minor Football Field, the Valkyries were hoping to set the tone early with a 29-yard touchdown run by Samantha Matheson. Despite the early 7-0 lead, the Valkyries would quickly fall behind.
A remarkable 270 rushing yard performance by Carmen Agar (plus two touchdowns) resulted in the most yards ever allowed by a Valkyries defense. By halftime, Agar had already burned the Valkyries defense for 170 yards, as the Riot offense assembled a convincing 28-7 lead. Aimee Kowalski, the Riot’s signal caller had a pair of touchdown tosses also.
Other players who contributed on offense in the aftermath of the 49-9 victory included Sami Bray and Amanda Hungle, who both scored touchdowns on one-yard scores. Carly Kentz would scamper into the end zone on a five-yard score. Defensively, several members of the Riot made key contributions. Artemis Kouropoulou had an interception, while Mallory Starkey and Katie Royal combined on a turnover. Registering a quarterback sack, Starkey would also force a fumble, recovered by Rogal.
The shocking 49-9 troucing was the highest margin of points for a Valkyries loss. As so many other clubs in the Prairie Conference can attest, usually, the Valkyries dominate on both sides of the ball, resulting in lopsided victories. One minor point of consolation for the Valkyries is that the last time they suffered a loss to the Riot, they avenged said loss in the postseason. As the 2015 edition of the Prairie Conference final shall likely take place between the two powerhouse franchises, a proud Valkyries franchise shall ensure that a lopsided loss will not occur twice in the same season.