Men split games, women 0-2 in Nova Scotia
Mike Brushett (13) of the Memorial University Sea-Hawks and Andrew Rigby of the Cape Breton University Capers go airborne to contend for a ball during Atlantic University Sport men’s soccer play at the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex in Sydney on Sunday. Brushett scored the winner as the Sea-Hawks won 3-2 after having lost their AUS season-opener 2-1 to the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men Saturday in Antigonish, N.S. — Photo by Steve Wadden/Transcontinental Media/Cape Breton Post
The Memorial Sea-Hawks split a pair of games on the opening weekend of their 2010 Atlantic universities men’s soccer season over the weekend in Nova Scotia.
The Sea-Hawks defeated the Cape Breton Capers 3-2 Sunday in Sydney after losing 2-1 to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in their first game of the new AUS campaign Saturday in Antigonish.
On Sunday, rookie Michael Brushett scored the winner for the Sea-Hawks with five minutes left to play.
The result means Memorial has already equalled its win total from last year, when the Sea-Hawks finished in last place in the AUS standings with a 1-8-4 record.
The MUN women’s soccer team was also in Nova Scotia over the weekend and lost twice to open the new season.
On Sunday in Sydney, MUN goalkeeper Laura Pittman stopped a second-half penalty kick, but the Lady Hawks still fell 1-0 to Cape Breton.
MUN had lost 2-0 to X-Women Saturday in Antigonish.
The Memorial women finished seventh (4-8-1) last year, but got a playoff berth as AUS tournament host.
Both Sea-Hawks teams have next weekend off and will return to action with their home openers Sept. 24-26 against Acadia University.