It wasn’t a perfect weekend against visiting Acadia, but Memorial team’s have reason to be pleased
The Memorial Sea-Hawks got a goal two minutes before full time to earn a 2-2 draw with the Acadia Axewomen in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s soccer Sunday, while the Sea-Hawks men’s team beat Acadia 2-1 for its first win of the season at King George V Park.
© — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Memorial University Sea-Hawks’ goalkeeper Hannah Noseworthy makes a save off of the Acadia Axewomen’s midfielder Kinsella Noseworthy-Smith (10) during first-half action in their Atlantic University Sport women’s soccer game at King George V Park on Saturday afternoon. Acadia won 3-1 and the teams followed up with a 2-2 tie on Sunday.. Also shown are MUN’s Clair Skanes (20) and Paula Whitten (2) and Acadia’s Alana Fairfax (12).
In women’s action on Saturday, Acadia defeated Memorial 3-1, with the Axewomen getting a pair of goals by Mount Pearl’s Meghan Earle.
MUN women’s team coach Walt Mavin was pleased to pick up what he described as “a crucial” point Sunday given that the competition is so close for playoff spots.
The win improved MUN’s record to 4-2-1 for 13 points, good enough for fourth place in the AUS standings, one point behind third-place Acadia (4-2-2).
“We played a very good team in Acadia and they took it to us Saturday,” noted Memorial coach Walt Mavin, who felt his players gave the visitors “way too much time on the ball and you can’t do that against a good team.
However, he noted, the Lady Hawks “responded well today (Sunday), especially in the second half.”
Acadia led 1-0 at the half, but Jessie Noseworthy scored a minute into the second half to tie the game 1-1.
Acadia went ahead 2-1 when Michelle Pryde scored off a corner kick, but Memorial was able to pull out a draw on a goal by rookie Jane Pope.
“The girls just kept plugging away and we were rewarded after a very nice build-up when (Pop)e finished off a play from Jen Burry and Jess (Noseworthy),” explained Mavin about the tying tally.
It was Pope’s fifth goal of the season, leaving her two behind league leader Karolyne Blain of the Cape Breton Capers.
Noseworthy was selected player of the game Sunday, while Katie Goodland got MUN’s POG nod Saturday.
The Sea-Hawks travel to Charlottetown for a weekend series against the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers on Oct. 5,6. UPEI are undefeated with a 3-0-3 record in AUS play.
MUN men’s soccer
“Finally,” said MUN men’s coach Scott Betts about the team’s first win this season.
“It was a long time waiting.”
He’s not kidding. The Sea-Hawks were winless last season, finishing last with just a pair of draws to their credit in 13 games.
Rookie midfielder Jordi Slaney scored both goals for Memorial Sunday, including the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.
The Sea-Hawks (1-5-1) played a man short for much of the second half after defender Adam Drover picked up his second yellow card of the game in the 60th minute.
“They showed a lot character,” Betts said of the way his team battled while a man down.
“A pat on the back to them.”
Slaney, who has three goals in seven games, was chosen as MUN’s player of the game both Saturday and Sunday.
Zach Shaffelburg’s penalty kick, which came after what Betts termed a “soft” call in the 67th minute was all Acadia (4-3-1) needed in beating MUN Saturday.
“The guys have worked very hard and its good to get a result,” said Betts.
“We played to our best defensively and we finally got some breaks.”
The Sea-Hawks play at University of Prince Edward Island next weekend. The last-place Panthers are 0-3-3 on the season.