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Forsey to the rescue for Sea-Hawks

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Tyler Forsey’s goal in the 67th minute Sunday wasn’t just the game-winner, it might have been Memorial University’s biggest goal so far in the 2017 Atlantic University Sport soccer season.

Tyler Forsey

Forsey’s sixth of the campaign gave the Sea-Hawks a 1-0 win over the University of New Brunswick, but more importantly, it snapped a four-game losing skid for a Memorial team that opened the year 3-0.

Saturday at King George V Park, the visiting Varsity Reds humbled the Sea-Hawks 5-0, victimizing Braeden Sheppard for five goals on 11 shots.

Sunday, young Jack Haywood got the start and made three saves for the shutout.

The Sea-Hawks are now an even 4-4.

Halting the losing streak was also important in that Memorial now has a two-week break. The Challenge Cup national championship is next weekend in Surrey, B.C., with a number of Sea-Hawks suiting up for Holy Cross.

The Sea-Hawks return to action Oct. 21-22 at UPEI in Charlottetown, and Acadia in Wolfville, N.S. for games against the Panthers and Axemen.

As for Memorial’s women’s team, it, too, has a two-week break, which might be long enough for the team’s coaching staff to figure out where all the goals have gone.

For the third straight game, the Lady Birds played to a scoreless tie Sunday against UNB. The teams also failed to generate a goal Saturday.

Last Sunday, the Sea-Hawks and St. Francis Xavier X-Women were scoreless in Antogonish, N.S.

This is especially puzzling given the high-powered offence Memorial supposedly has. Even though the team has been held off the scoresheet in three straight games, the Sea-Hawks are still second in the conference with 16 goals.

The 4-1-3 Sea-Hawks, still sitting in second in the AUS, beat the net down Sunday with 11 shots, including five by Jessie Noseworthy, who shares the AUS goal-scoring lead.

However, UNB keeper Rebecca Duda was up to the task.

As for the Sea-Hawks, Sydney Walsh stopped three shots Sunday, and made six saves Saturday.

The Lady Birds also take on UPEI and Acadia Oct. 21-22.

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Sea-Hawks’ men’s basketball team kicked off its 2017-18 season over the weekend, with three exhibition games in Ontario.

The Sea-Hawks lost all three, to Brock University, McMaster University and York University.

In St. Catharines, Ont. Friday night, Brock downed MUN 96-56. Davion Parnsalu was Memorial’s top scorer with 16 points, and second-year Nathan Barker from Corner Brook scored 13.

The next day, in Hamilton, Ont., McMaster overcame an early Sea-Hawks lead to register a 92-77 win. Memorial raced out to a 33-17 lead after 10 minutes, but let it slip away.

Daniel Gordon had the hot hand for the Sea-Hawks with 28 points, and was seven of 12 from the three-point line. Barker scored 19 and Greg Manuel had 10 points.

The trip wrapped up in Toronto Sunday with a 99-81 loss to York.

The Sea-Hawks have more exhibitions coming up, starting with a game against MacEwan University in Edmonton Oct. 19. Starting on the 20th, the Sea-Hawks are entered in the University of Alberta Golden Bear Invitational in Edmonton.

Memorial’s AUS season opens Nov. 4-5 in Wolfville, N.S. against Acadia.

 

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The women’s volleyball squad took part in the Gee-Gees Pre-Season Classic in Ottawa for the third straight year, and went 2-3.

The Sea-Hawks split games Friday and Saturday, beating Western 2-0 (25-15, 25-19) before losing 2-0 (25-22, 25-23) to Montreal. Saturday, Memorial swept Guelph 2-0 (25-19, 25-22), but lost 2-1 (18-25, 25-16, 25-18) to McGill.

The Lady Birds wrapped up the tournament against Dalhousie Sunday, losing 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-12) to the Tigers.

That was a rematch of last year’s AUS final, which Dal won 3-0.

The Sea-Hawks’ regular season opens Nov. 3-5 when Memorial plays host to the University of Moncton.

 

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