Mount Allison midfielder Ryogo Kanda (10) gets a faceful of cleat from the Memorial Sea-Hawks’ Tyler Kirby as Kirby follows through on a kick during AUS men’s soccer action at King George V Park in St. John’s Sunday afternoon. Memorial defeated Mount Allison twice on the opening weekend of the 2017 AUS season, with Kirby scoring two goals in each game.
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The Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s and women’s soccer teams got off on the right foot over the weekend, sweeping their opening games of the 2017 Atlantic University Sport season against Mount Allison University.
At King George V in St. John’s, the men thumped the visiting Mounties by a combined total of 12-1 — 8-0 Sunday, following a 4-1 decision Saturday.
The Lady Hawks also made short work of Mount A, coming up with 3-0 and 9-0 wins Sunday and Saturday.
The male Sea-Hawks scored seven second-half goals Sunday, with Ranaldo Morris, Tyler Kirby and Tyler Forsey each scoring a pair.
Rookie Mitchell Barry of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Memorial’s Subway player of the game, and Ryan Farrell from Ireland had singles.
Saturday, player of the game Kirby netted two goals, and Forsey and Farrell, with his first as a Sea-Hawk, added singles for the home side.
Braeden Sheppard registered the win in both games, stopping all five shots he faced Sunday. He allowed one goal on three shots Saturday.
It was a memorable debut for Memorial women’s keeper Sydney Walsh, even if she didn’t have to do a lot of work in preserving a pair of shutouts.
Walsh faced only a single shot in Sunday’s 3-0 win, and stopped both shots she faced Saturday night in the 9-0 pasting.
The Sea-Hawks outshot Mount Allison 8-0 in the first half Sunday, but were unable to solve Mounties goalkeeper Claire West. Both teams would go into the break scoreless.
Memorial pounded Mount A 14-1 in shots in the second half, with player of the game Teri Murphy, Jessie Noseworthy and Jane Pope getting the goals.
While the Sea-Hawks were able to put nine goals on the scoresheet Saturday, it wouldn’t be until the 27th minute before they could solve West. And then the floodgates opened.
Player of the game Nicole Torraville, Lauren Taylor and Emily Bailey all had a pair of goals apiece. Singles came from Noseworthy, Pope and Keisha Younge.
Both Memorial teams are in Halifax next weekend, to take on the Saint Mary’s Huskies Saturday and Dalhousie Tigers Sunday.