Sea-Hawks earn gutsy victory Sunday
Slaney’s pair of goals lead Sea-Hawks to 2-1 win (boxscore)
Sept. 29, 2013 (St. John’s N.L.) The Sea-Hawks earned a 2-1 win over the visiting Acadia Axemen on Sunday in AUS men’s soccer action. Rookie midfielder Jordi Slaney scored both goals for Memorial, including the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.
Acadia opened the scoring early as Andrew Snyder scored in the fourth minute to put the visitors up 1-0. Slaney evened the score with a strike from outside the box that got past Acadia keeper Eric McGarry.
The Sea-Hawks were playing a man down for much of the second half after defender Adam Drover picked up his second yellow card of the game in the 60th minute.
The Sea-Hawks were forced to drop back and defend after Drover’s ejection but an Acadia foul in the penalty area gave them the opportunity to win. Slaney made no mistake on the penalty kick as he scored his third goal of the season.
Slaney was the player of the game for Memorial while Erik Merchant was the player of the game for Acadia. Both players were players of the game for the second consecutive game.
Sea-Hawks keeper Michael Bartellas had four saves in the win including a pair of late saves that thwarted the Axemen rally.
Memorial coach Scott Betts was very happy with his team’s performance.
He said, “The guys showed a tonne of guts to pull out this victory. They have been working hard all season and they deserved to win today against a tough Acadia team.”
The win was Memorial’s first of the season. Their record is now 1-5-1. Acadia fell to 4-3-1 with the loss.
The Sea-Hawks will travel to Charlottetown next weekend for a pair of games against the UPEI Panthers. UPEI are 0-3-3 on the season.
Saturday recap: Axemen earn 1-0 victory over Sea-Hawks (boxscore)
Sept. 28, 2013 (St. John’s N.L.) Zach Shaffelburg’s penalty kick in the 67th minute was the difference as the Acadia Axemen defeated the Memorial Sea-Hawks 1-0 in AUS men’s soccer action on Saturday in St. John’s.
Acadia improved to 4-2-1 with the win. Memorial fell to 0-5-1 with the loss.
The game was tightly contested late with a number of challenges resulting in yellow cards. Acadia were handed three yellows while Memorial picked up a single yellow card.
Players of the game were forward Erik Merchant for the Axemen and rookie midfielder Jordi Slaney for the Sea-Hawks.
Photo of Memorial's #13 Aaron Anstey by Dustin Silvey