Kovsies, who were 3-1 down at half time, managed to pull back three points to win 4-3 at the NWU Astro in the opening game on Sunday 12 May.
It was Este van Schalkwyk showed her class early on for Kovsies, but UCT who got the first points of the game when captain Andrea Leader crashed the ball into the back of the net from a short corner. UCT’s lead was short lived as Antonet Louw returned the favour and fired the ball into the back of the goal to draw level at 1-1 going into the end of the first quarter.
Nicole Koenig got the second quarter off to a strong start for UCT when she scored a fantastic field goal to put UCT 3-1 up, but Kovsies continued to build momentum despite being down going into half time.
Kovsies came out firing in the second half when Lizanne Jacobs scored to tie the score for the second time in the game. S’Thabile put Kovsies 4-3 up when she scored a fantastic field goal to take the lead for the first time in the game. UCT continued to fight for the equaliser, but too many mistakes cost them as the third quarter drew to a close.
UCT’s woes continued into the final quarter, with Lizanne Jacobs and Antonet Louw finding cracks in their defence, but goalkeeper Nepo Serage did enough to hold them off right until the end. Kovsies win keeps them at the top of the log, with three games left of the round robin stages left today to decide who will be joining them in the semi-finals tomorrow.
Mugg & Bean Star Saver Award: Nepo Serage (UCT)
MTN Connector Award: Lizanne Jacobs (Kovsies)
FNB Player of the Match: Shindre-Lee Simmons (Kovsies)
Goals: Andrea Leader, Nicole Koenig
Goals: Antonet Louw, Lizanne Jacobs, S’Thabile Motsa
UCT: 1. Nepo Serage, 3. Rosie Church, 4. Gillian Hermanus, 6. Jess Hutchison, 7. Andrea Leader, 8. Michelle Winter, 9. Nicole Koenig, 10. Chelsea Manoek, 12. Francesca Vercelotti, 13. Moletlo Somo, 14. Michelle Tullis, 15. Caity Barbour, 17. Courtney Wheeler, 18. Caroline Mills, 20. Modjadji Maake, 21. Candice Ewing, 24. Cameron Beckett, 28. Aaliah Dollie.
Kovsies: 1. Wiane Grobler, 2. Chane Hartel, 5. Anke Badenhorst, 6. Casey-Jean Botha, 7. Shindre-Lee Simmons, 8. Este van Schalkwyk, 9. Nadia van Staden, 10. Antonet Louw, 11. S’Thabile Motsa, 12. Heraldine Olin, 13. Lizanne Jacobs, 14. Catelen Briedenhann, 15. Refilwe Ralikontsane, 16. Mielanka van Schalkwyk, 17. Nela Mbedu, 18. Simone Gouws, 23. Kia-Leigh Erasmus, 24. Michelle Ngoetjane.
By Bronwen Bain