Lady Hawks win two of three on the road

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Men's side collects first point of the season with tie vs. Mounties

Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s soccer coach Walt Mavin wasn’t gloating following his team’s two Atlantic University Sport wins in three games over the in New Brunswick.
The six points, picked up from a 1-0 win over University of Moncton Blue Eagles Saturday and a 2-1 victory over Mount Allison Mounties Sunday, gave the Lady Hawks 12 points, one behind league-leading Dalhousie Tigers and with a game in hand. The Sea-Hawks were beaten 2-1 Friday night by the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds.

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Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s soccer coach Walt Mavin wasn’t gloating following his team’s two Atlantic University Sport wins in three games over the in New Brunswick.

The six points, picked up from a 1-0 win over University of Moncton Blue Eagles Saturday and a 2-1 victory over Mount Allison Mounties Sunday, gave the Lady Hawks 12 points, one behind league-leading Dalhousie Tigers and with a game in hand. The Sea-Hawks were beaten 2-1 Friday night by the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds.

“It feels all right now, I guess” said Mavin, who was most impressed that the team came back with two straight wins after losing the series opener.

The win against Mount Allison was on grass which was a first for MUN this season.

“It wasn’t a great field, so it was difficult for us to push the ball around,” said Mavin. “That meant the game was a little more direct. Still, we had more than our share of chances and probably should have been up by two or three goals in the first half,” the MUN coach said.

Rookie Jana Gordon scored on a pass from Noelle Stanford at 56 minutes with Jane Pope getting credit for the winner late in the match. Pope’s cross from about 35 yards out was redirected by a Mounties’ defender into her own net at the 90th minute. It was Pope’s fourth goal of the season.

“It was lucky for us, but unfortunate for the defender,” said Mavin.

Mavin said the team’s best effort was against Moncton Saturday.

 “A complete game where we created chances in both halfs,” he said.

The MUN coach said “It feels good to get six points and be where we are right now.”

Mavin pointed out it was a difficult weekend with a lot of travel and three tough games.

“Now we take a day’s rest and get back at it on Tuesday.”

The Lady Hawks (4-1-0) play host to  Acadia Axewomen (3-2-1) 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at King George V Park.

 

UNB 2, Memorial 1 (Friday)

Birthday girl Maria Oliver scored in the fourth minute to put the Sea-Hawks ahead.

The Varsity Reds scored at 40 and 48 minutes to pull out the win.

“We had a good start, but it didn’t last long enough,” said Mavin about the opening game of the series.

“They (UNB) came on strong midway in the game and were full marks for their win. They made it very difficult for us to get anything going offensively. And they played very physical,” he added.

 

MEN’S SOCCER

Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s soccer team managed to salvage one point out of their three-game set.

The Sea-Hawks (0-4-1) played Mount Allison Mounties to a 2-2 draw Sunday.

Stefan Slaney’s direct kick tied the game at 72 minutes. His brother Jordi, scored on a penalty kick late in the first half.

University of Moncton edged Memorial 2-1 Saturday. Stefan Slaney had the Sea-Hawks goal.

UNB blanked MUN 2-0 Friday

Memorial plays host to Acadia Axemen 5:15 p.m. Saturday and 1:15 p.m. Sunday at King George V Park.

AUS CROSS-COUNTRY

McIlroy wins St. FX invitational

The Memorial Sea-Hawks’ Caroline McIlroy broke away from the field early and went on to win the St. Francis University Invitational AUS cross-country race Saturday in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

McIlroy finished the six-kilometre race in 21 minutes and 58 seconds leading her team to a fourth-place overall finish.

St. Francis’s Melissa Hardy, a Deer Lake native, finished in second place, 22 seconds behind McIlroy.

MUN’s Amanda Wilkins cracked the top 20, finishing 16th in a time of 24:46. She was followed by Emily Hickey (27th), Justine O’Leary (32nd), Stephanie Pomeroy (36th), Amanda Loveys (39th), and Jessica Besaw (45th).

McIlroy, a 41 year old completing a master’s thesis in science, had to make a big adjustment in her training to shift from ultra-marathon distances to the AUS cross-country distance. She recently won the Deer Lake 67km race and was the second female finisher in the Canadian Death Race, a 128km endurance race that took place in Alberta in August.

Memorial’s next competition is Oct. 5 in Halifax, N.S., in a race co-hosted by Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie.

The Memorial men’s cross country team, meanwhile, made the podium with a third overall finish.

The Sea-Hawks team was led by Jordan Fewer who finished in 10th place with a time of 27:04 in the 8km race.

Connor Bolton was just five seconds behind Fewer in 13th place. Veteran racer Mark Hayward (21st place), Jon Allan (25th place), and Matt Power (27th place) all finished in the points for the Sea-Hawks. Rudy Riedlsperger finished 31st overall and Mike Scott came across the line in 38th place.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, University of Moncton Blue Eagles, University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds

Geographic location: Moncton

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