It was a brilliant start for both Holy Cross teams at the national Challenge Cup and Jubilee Trophy men’s and women’s soccer championships Wednesday.
In Saskatoon, Sask., the two provincial championship teams registered wins on opening day at the nationals, the Holy Cross-Avalon Ford women’s squad blanking Nova Scotia 3-0, while the Crusaders’ men’s team came up with a huge 4-2 decision over Manitoba, the reigning national silver medalists.
Jessie Noseworthy scored a pair of goals, and Jaime Crocker registered the shutout for the Holy Cross women, who won the bronze medal at the nationals last year in Surrey, B.C.
Noseworthy scored on two corner kick crossovers from Nicole Torraville to lead the Crusaders.
She scored at 49 and 60 minutes. Teri Murphy also scored for the Newfoundland and Labrador squad, on a blast from about 35 yards out.
Holy Cross plays Saskatchewan 7:30 p.m. (NL time) today.
Jake Warren staked the Crusaders’ men’s squad to a 2-0 lead with goals at 15 and 25 minutes, and Tyler Kirby gave Holy Cross-Kirby Group a 3-0 lead at halftime. Kirby scored again at 55 minutes, a penalty kick that turned out to be the insurance marker.
The two Manitoba goals came at 51 and 81 minutes.
Holy Cross plays Ontario 9 p.m. Friday (NL time).