Young Sea-Hawks still learning to fly

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Rookie-laden men's team drops a pair to UNB; MUN women win twice on opening weekend

The Memorial Sea-Hawks dropped their second straight game on the opening weekend of play in Atlantic University Sport men's intercollegiate soccer Sunday, prompting coach Scott Wells to preach patience with his youthful club.

"Rebuilding year? I'd say," said Betts following the Sea-Hawks' 3-0 shutout loss to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds at King George V Park. That comes on the heals of a 2-1 setback Saturday.

Memorial Sea-Hawks' goalkeeper Tyler Putt holds on tightly to the ball as Galen Smith (20) of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and Alex Mitchell (24) of the Sea-Hawks jump to avoid running over him during Sunday's Atlantic universities men's s

The Memorial Sea-Hawks dropped their second straight game on the opening weekend of play in Atlantic University Sport men's intercollegiate soccer Sunday, prompting coach Scott Wells to preach patience with his youthful club.

"Rebuilding year? I'd say," said Betts following the Sea-Hawks' 3-0 shutout loss to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds at King George V Park. That comes on the heals of a 2-1 setback Saturday.

"It's tough, but we need to have patience."

Of the 11 Sea-Hawks starting this weekend, eight were rookies - Greg Keats, Jeff Slaney, Taedy O'Rourke, Kevin Connolly, Jake Warren, Aaron Anstey, Chris Pope and Jarratt Rose.

And of the seven players on the bench, five were first-years.

"We've got five guys we're hoping to add for next weekend," Betts said. "We've got appeals out there, a flu bug, pneumonia."

One potential big addition to the lineup could be keeper John Douglas, who backstopped the St. Lawrence Laurentians to another provincial Challenge Cup championship last weekend.

Douglas, who graduated from Memorial in 2005, has returned to the university to complete a few courses, but has been ruled ineligible for varsity athletes, a decision which the Sea-Hawks are appealing.

Memorial is also appealing the case of Andrew Murphy, who played for the University College of Cape Breton last year, but left the team before the season ended.

"We were totally unfamiliar with each other out there," Betts said of the rookies on opening weekend. "The left hand didn't know what the right was doing."

On the women's side, the Lady Hawks - expected to be a contender for the conference title this season - made it a weekend sweep of UNB with a 3-1 win Sunday. Goalscorers were not available.

Memorial won 2-0 in its season-opening game on Saturday.

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: University College of Cape Breton, Atlantic University Sport, University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds

Geographic location: King George V Park

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  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    The young Seahawks should learn how to run before they try and learn how to fly.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    The young Seahawks should learn how to run before they try and learn how to fly.