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AUS women's soccer playoffs: Sea-Hawks confident, front to back

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<p>Memorial’s Jessie Noseworthy (9), whown in action against the Dalhousie Tigers earlier this season, leads the Sea-Hawks into their AUS women’s soccer semifinal in Cape Breton today. On Thursday, Noseworthy was named the 2016 conference MVP.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Memorial’s Jessie Noseworthy (9), whown in action against the Dalhousie Tigers earlier this season, leads the Sea-Hawks into their AUS women’s soccer semifinal in Cape Breton today. On Thursday, Noseworthy was named the 2016 conference MVP.</p>

Facing a must-win game with a bye to today’s semifinal on the line, the Sea-Hawks blanked the Acadia Axewomen 1-0 Saturday at King George V Park in St. John’s. “Acadia threw everything at us in the second half, and they had the wind at their backs,” Power said. “But we only gave up one shot on goal. We proved to ourselves and to everyone else we play a shut-down game as well.”

The Sea-Hawks aren't done with Acadia.

Those two teams square off at 8 p.m. today in one of two semifinal games at the University of Cape Breton. Third-seed Acadia advanced with a 2-1 quarter-final win over teh Dalhousie Tigers Thursday night.

The host Capers, who have the other semifinal bye, play St. Francis Xavier 5:30 this afternoon.

The Sea-Hawks were second in the Atlantic University Sport standings this season with a 10-1-1 record. Only the Capers, at 11-1, had a better record.

Memorial led all teams with 51 goals, and allowed only nine. Cape Breton gave up all but four goals this season.

In terms of individual stats, the Sea-Hawks’ Jessie Noseworthy, named the AUS MVP Thursday, won the scoring title with a conference-high 14 goals and 23 points. Teammate Hannah Rivkin, one of four IceCaps named all-stars, was second with 16 points.

Both players were also key cogs in the 2014 Sea-Hawks squad which won Memorial’s first and only AUS women’s soccer championship.

They are two of eight players from that championship squad on this year’s team, and Power says this year’s Sea-Hawks’ squad has been drawing on that experience.

“That team had a great attitude towards defending, and they showed grit and teamwork,” he said. “Maybe they were a little stronger than us from a defensive perspective, but you can say I’m certainly comfortable with our attack.

“The players from that squad have been leading the way for us this season.”

Lost in all the discussion involving offence has been the play of rookie keeper Taylor Doyle.

The 18-year-old from the Southern Shore, who played with the St. John’s under-18 squad, appeared in 11 of 12 games this season, and her 0.86 goals against average was fourth-best amongst goalies.

“She wasn’t battered this year,” Power said, “but I can assure you she more than held her own.”

The winner of today’s semifinals hook up in Sunday’s final which goes 2:30 p.m. (NL time). It will be available via webcast at www.AUStv.ca.

 

rshort@thetelegram.com

 

 

The Sea-Hawks aren't done with Acadia.

Those two teams square off at 8 p.m. today in one of two semifinal games at the University of Cape Breton. Third-seed Acadia advanced with a 2-1 quarter-final win over teh Dalhousie Tigers Thursday night.

The host Capers, who have the other semifinal bye, play St. Francis Xavier 5:30 this afternoon.

The Sea-Hawks were second in the Atlantic University Sport standings this season with a 10-1-1 record. Only the Capers, at 11-1, had a better record.

Memorial led all teams with 51 goals, and allowed only nine. Cape Breton gave up all but four goals this season.

In terms of individual stats, the Sea-Hawks’ Jessie Noseworthy, named the AUS MVP Thursday, won the scoring title with a conference-high 14 goals and 23 points. Teammate Hannah Rivkin, one of four IceCaps named all-stars, was second with 16 points.

Both players were also key cogs in the 2014 Sea-Hawks squad which won Memorial’s first and only AUS women’s soccer championship.

They are two of eight players from that championship squad on this year’s team, and Power says this year’s Sea-Hawks’ squad has been drawing on that experience.

“That team had a great attitude towards defending, and they showed grit and teamwork,” he said. “Maybe they were a little stronger than us from a defensive perspective, but you can say I’m certainly comfortable with our attack.

“The players from that squad have been leading the way for us this season.”

Lost in all the discussion involving offence has been the play of rookie keeper Taylor Doyle.

The 18-year-old from the Southern Shore, who played with the St. John’s under-18 squad, appeared in 11 of 12 games this season, and her 0.86 goals against average was fourth-best amongst goalies.

“She wasn’t battered this year,” Power said, “but I can assure you she more than held her own.”

The winner of today’s semifinals hook up in Sunday’s final which goes 2:30 p.m. (NL time). It will be available via webcast at www.AUStv.ca.

 

rshort@thetelegram.com

 

 

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