The Memorial Sea-Hawks will face the Dalhousie Tigers in the quarter-final round of the Atlantic University Sport women’s soccer championship Thursday in Sydney, N.S.
The Sea-Hawks (4-4-4) clinched a playoff berth with a 1-0 win over the visiting St. Francis Xavier X-Women Friday evening at King George V Park in St. John’s before dropping a 3-0 decision to the X-Women in Saturday afternoon rematch at KGV.
That Sunday result meant St. FX (5-3-4) finished in fourth place in the AUS standings, three points ahead Memorial, which was left to settle for sixth place and the final playoff berth.
While Memorial will play third-place Dal (7-4-1) in one-quarter-final game Thursday, St. FX will take on fifth-place Saint Mary’s (6-5-1) in the other.
The first place Cape Breton Capers, who are also the defending champions, and second-place Acadian Axewomen earned byes into the semifinals, where they will face quarter-final winners.
Both Cape Breton and Acadia had 10-1-1 regular-season records, but the Capers earned first based on their head-to-head record.
Those two teams turned in the top defensive records on the season, with the Axewomen surrendering only four goals and the Capers allowing six.
Backed by a strong defence and Sydney Walsh’s goalkeeping, Memorial also was stingy, giving up eight goals in 12 games, but the Sea-Hawks were hamstrung by a woeful offence, which produced just six goals.
In the Sea-Hawks’ playoff-clinching win, fifth-year Teri Murphy had game’s only goal while Walsh posted her seventh shutout of the season for Memorial.
Murphy was one of three graduating Sea-Hawks who played their final home games for Memorial over the weekend. Keisha Younge and Maria Mackey were the others.
The Sea-Hawks team dropped two weekend decision to St. FX, losing 1-0 Friday and 4-1 on Saturday.
Memorial (1-8-3), which had entered the weekend out of playoff contention, finished ninth in the 10-team AUS standings. The X-Men, meanwhile, moved into second place and gained a first-round playoff bye by virtue of their two wins at KGV.
Harry Carter had the Sea-Hawks’ goal on Saturday.