MUN to face UPEI in quarter-finals on Friday in Moncton
The Memorial University Sea-Hawks women’s soccer team went into the final weekend of the regular season needing at least one point for a shot at qualifying for the Atlantic University Sport conference playoffs.
That’s just what they got.
The Lady-Hawks, in fifth place and a point behind the University of Moncton heading into the weekend, lost 1-0 to first place Cape Breton on Saturday, but played to a scoreless draw with St. Francis Xavier University on Sunday in Antigonish, N.S., to earn a single point.
The result left MUN tied with the University of Moncton, but having bested them 1-0 in the teams’ only head-to-head meeting this season, the Sea-Hawks out on top of the tie-breaker.
“It’s the first time we’ve qualified in five years, so that’s a feather in these girls’ hats, and for some of these girls, it’s their first year in the league, so it’s good that they get to experience this the first time around,” says MUN head coach Walt Mavin.
Mavin says the Sea-Hawks should have been able to put the game away in the first half.
“We were just not converting on our opportunities. We probably could have been up by three goals.
“The game remained scoreless and thankfully we did a good job on the back end keeping a clean sheet that’s what we needed to get that point to put us into the playoffs.”
Mavin credits St. FX keeper Maris Miller, a St. John’s native and product of Gonzaga High School, with making “a couple of outstanding saves on close-range shots.”
Against Cape Breton, the league’s highest scoring team with 35 goals in 13 games, it was MUN’s defence that kept the game from turning into a rout.
“They’re a good solid team and I thought we did well overall in containing then,” Mavins says. “They managed to get through just once in the second half and unfortunately converted on that one great chance.”
This year’s AUS playoffs are being hosted by Mount Allison University — ninth in the standings — but with only a grass pitch that’s also used for football available, the tournament will be played on the artificial surface at the University of Moncton.
MUN will play the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers in the quarter-final round Friday morning at 11 o’clock.
In head-to-head play this season, the Sea-Hawks took four of six points from the Panthers in the schools’ two-game meeting earlier this month. They tied in the first match, with MUN winning 1-0 in the rematch.
“We feel good, but we’re not overconfident,” Mavin says of the upcoming playoff game. “We’ve got to make sure we do good job on our back end again and take advantage of the opportunities we know we’re going to get.”
Meanwhile, the men’s soccer side finished in last place in the league standings after closing the regular season with back-to-back losses on the road. Before being blanked 4-0 by St. FX on Sunday, Aaron Anstey scored the Sea-Hawks’ only goal in a 6-1 thrashing by the Capers on Saturday.
MUN VARSITY ROUNDUP
MUN’s men’s cross country team won bronze as the Atlantic University Sport cross-country running season culminated with the championship races this weekend at the University of Moncton.
Jordan Fewer was the top Sea-Hawk, coming in 10th place with a time of 34 minutes and 35 seconds on the 10-kilometre course. Saint Mary’s runner John Kuto won the individual race and St. Francis Xavier won the team gold with four finishers in the top 10.
Joining Fewer were Connor Bolton, with an 18th overall finish (35:40), and team captain Mark Hayward in 20th place (36:26). Also competing for MUN were Matt Power (26th, 37:26), Jon Allan (28th, 37:27), Rudy Riedlsperger (29th, 37:28) and Mike Scott (34th, 38:41).
Memorial alternate Stephen Pike raced in the 6km open race that took place prior to the AUS meet. Pike finished fourth overall.
In the women’s 6km race, Caroline McIlroy turned in a time of 23:28 to finish fourth overall, garnering her AUS all-star status for the third straight year. She also earned the right to represent MUN at the Canadian Inter\university Sport championships Nov. 19 in London, Ont.
Deer Lake’s Melissa Hardy, competing for St. FX, won the individual race in a time of 22:52.
MUN’s women’s team finished fifth overall, with Dalhousie claiming gold.
Other MUN finishers in the women’s race: Emily Hickey (25th, 26:58), Amanda Wilkins (28th, 27:01), Justine O’Leary (33rd, 27:20), Stephanie Pomeroy (37th, 27:56), Amanda Loveys (44th, 29:20), and Jessica Besaw (45th, 29:44).
Memorial’s volleyball teams returned home winless from interlocking tournaments in the Maritimes over the weekend.
At Dalhousie University in Halifax, the men’s squad failed to win a single set as they dropped three matches to Quebec-based schools.
They lost straight-set decisions to Sherbrooke, Laval and Montreal.
The women’s team didn’t fare much better at the interlocking tournament hosted by the University of New Brunswick. After dropping three straight to McGill, Sherbrooke and Laval, MUN took pushed Montreal to the limit in a 3-2 (19-25, 25-13, 25-15, 24-26, 15-7) loss.
Angela Peddle had a team-high nine kills, while Adrienne Penney and Sam March had eight apiece. Lauren Miller led MUN with 14 digs and Kirsten Sorensen had 25 assists in the loss.
Both teams open the regular season next Saturday at the MUN Field House. The women play host to the University of Moncton at 6 p.m., with the men welcoming Dalhousie for an 8 p.m. match. The teams play again Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.
Six Memorial University wrestlers opened their season at the Concordia Open on Sunday.
Carla Chaytor (72kg) and Myfanwy Price (82kg) finished fifth in their respective weight classes.
For the men, Robbie Jewer (76kg), Ian Janes (72kg), and Rober Hermanto (130kg) all finished six. Steve Adams placed eighth in the 72kg class.