If the early indications are correct, the Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s soccer team has solved its goal-scoring woes which plagued the squad last season.
The Lady Birds opened their 2019 Atlantic University Sport campaign over the weekend in St. John’s, scoring a total of 11 goals in a pair of wins over the Saint Mary’s Huskies at King George V Park.
That’s more than they scored all of last season, when the Sea-Hawks managed six tallies in 12 games. In fact, they equaled that total in the season-opener Saturday, a 6-0 win over the Huskies.
Memorial’s men’s squad wasn’t as fortunate over the weekend, losing two games to Saint Mary’s.
Sunday at KGV, the Memorial women completed the sweep with a 5-1 win, on the strength of two goals each from Nicole Torraville and Holly O’Neill. Stacey Hanlon had the single, as the Sea-Hawks pummeled the Huskies’ net with 17 shots.
Sydney Walsh had an easy time registering the win, making two stops in the Sea-Hawks’ goal.
In the first game of the year Saturday, Lauren Taylor scored three goals for Memorial. Torraville, O’Neill and Kate Hickey also scored, and Walsh stopped four shots for the shutout.
The Huskies blanked the Sea-Hawks 3-0 in the men’s game Sunday, following a 4-3 Saint Mary’s win Saturday.
In the first game, the Huskies won it on Kwaku Korankye’s goal in the 87th minute. Scoring for Memorial were Harry Carter, Jacob Grant and Kyle Williams. Jacob Dyer was called on to make four saves for the Sea-Hawks.
Next weekend, both Memorial teams are in New Brunswick. On Saturday, the Sea-Hawks tangle with the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton before heading to Moncton Sunday for games against the University of Moncton.