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Lady Hawks begin new AUS season with a flourish

Nicole Torraville (9) was one of a trio of Memorial Sea-Hawks players to total three goals on the weekend at King George V Park in St. John’s in a two-game sweep of the Saint Mary’s Huskies in their opening games of the 2019 AUS women’s soccer season. Torraville and Holly O’Neill each tallied twice in a 5-1 win Sunday, a day after Lauren Taylor’s hat trick led Memorial to a 6-0 victory in a match that also saw Torraville and O’Neill score. — Memorial Athletics photo/Allison Wragg
Nicole Torraville (9) was one of a trio of Memorial Sea-Hawks players to total three goals on the weekend at King George V Park in St. John’s in a two-game sweep of the Saint Mary’s Huskies in their opening games of the 2019 AUS women’s soccer season. Torraville and Holly O’Neill each tallied twice in a 5-1 win Sunday, a day after Lauren Taylor’s hat trick led Memorial to a 6-0 victory in a match that also saw Torraville and O’Neill score. — Memorial Athletics photo/Allison Wragg

After scoring just six goals all of last season, Memorial women get that many in their 2019 AUS opener en route to sweep of Huskies; reverse result as MUN-SMU men open 2019 campaign

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

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.

Kyle Williams (left) of the Memorial Sea-Hawks heads the ball past Adam Dunsworth (3) of the Saint Mary’s Huskies to score a goal during their opening game of the 2019 AUS men’s soccer season Saturday at King George V Park in St. John’s At right is the Sea-Hawks’ Michael O’Brien. Memorial came up just short in the game, losing 4-3. The Huskies were also victorious in a Sunday rematch with a 3-0 shutout. - Keith Gosse/The Telegram
 Kyle Williams (left) of the Memorial Sea-Hawks heads the ball past Adam Dunsworth (3) of the Saint Mary’s Huskies to score a goal during their opening game of the 2019 AUS men’s soccer season Saturday at King George V Park in St. John’s At right is the Sea-Hawks’ Michael O’Brien. Memorial came up just short in the game, losing 4-3. The Huskies were also victorious in a Sunday rematch with a 3-0 shutout. - Keith Gosse/The Telegram

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.

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