Women on the ball

19 March 2008 | Story by Megan Morris

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Fancy footwork: Laila Salimi starts an attack in UCT's 2-0 win over CPUT this past Saturday

The women's soccer team kicked off their 2008 soccer season on a winning note on Saturday, 15 March, outscoring Cape University of Technology (CPUT) by 2-0.

UCT did well to keep a clean sheet in the first half, playing head-on into a full-blooded South Easter. Playing with the Cape Doctor at their backs proved equally tricky, with long passes carried away by the wind.

They did manage a goal in both halves, however - the first by Tory Tripp, the second by Caroline Bergeron.

It's just the start the doctor ordered as UCT aim to go one better than they did in the national university competition in 2007. After topping the Western Cape log - featuring CPUT as well as the Universities of Stellenbosch and the Western Cape - the team headed for the South African Students Sports Association competition with high hopes.

Sadly, they didn't win, but their hearty team spirit earned them the event's Team of the Tournament award, while Michelle Thompson walked off with manager of the tournament prize.

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