Sea-Hawks host Panthers in AUS soccer
This weekend the Sea-Hawks soccer team hosted UPEI with the women's team splitting the series and the men dropping both games.
Saturday Memorial 1 UPEI 0 (boxscore)
The Sea-Hawks relied on a complete team effort to upset the visiting UPEI Panthers 1-0 Saturday at Smallwood Drive field.
After a scoreless opening half that saw few legitimate scoring opportunities, the game opened up in the second half. Both teams had opportunities to break through but it was Memorial second year Nicole Jesso who would score the gamewinner in the 83rd minute. Sea-Hawks forward Heather Williams found Jesso with space in front of UPEI keeper Lauren Chamberlain. Jesso made no mistake, finding the top right corner for her first university goal.
UPEI increased their offensive pressure in the late second half but the Memorial team defence did not allow much to get through to keeper Hannah Noseworthy.
The loss for UPEI was their first of the season.
Noseworthy had the clean sheet for Memorial. It was her second shutout of the season.
Jesso was the HITS FM Player of the Game for the Sea-Hawks. Her goal was only the third goal of the season given up by the Panthers in seven games.
Jesso's goal was also the first by a Sea-Hawk in the number seventeen jersey since Laura Breen scored in 2009.
Sunday UPEI 1 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
The UPEI Panthers flipped the script on Sunday, using a second half goal of their own to propel them to a 1-0 victory over Memorial in AUS women's soccer action.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first half of action on a beautiful fall day in Mount Pearl.
However, the Panthers did not waste any time as Meaghan Malcolm scored in the opening minute of the second half. The goal would prove to be the winner as the Sea-Hawks could not get the equalizer.
Rookie defender Katie Goodland was the HITS FM Player of the Game for Memorial. Third year defender Allyson Seviour was the player of the game for the Panthers.
The goal was Malcolm's first of the season.
With the win the Panthers improved to 5-1-2.
The loss for Memorial puts their record at 2-4-2, which keeps them in the AUS women's soccer playoff hunt.
The next action for Memorial is in Fredericton against UNB on October 13 and 14.
UPEI 1 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
In a highly competitive contest that saw plenty of scoring opportunities it was a single goal by UPEI that was the difference as the Panthers defeated the Sea-Hawks 1-0 on Saturday.
Both keepers were very busy in the first half. Memorial's David Hickey turned away five shots on goal in the first half alone while his counterpart Trevor White had four. Memorial rookie Stefan Slaney had a good chance to open the scoring but his well-struck ball sailed over the bar late in the half.
In the second half the Panthers turned up the pressure with several scoring chances including an opportunity from close range that hit the post.
UPEI finally broke through as fifth year striker Jimmy Mayaleh booted home his third of the season.
The Sea-Hawks would work hard to find the equalizer, but it was to no avail. The final score was UPEI 1 Memorial 0.
White had the shutout for the Panthers.
Hickey made nine saves for the Sea-Hawks.
Third year forward Jake Warren played well for Memorial in the loss. The Memorial senior backline of Chris Pope and Jeff Slaney both were very busy and had very good efforts for the Sea-Hawks.
UPEI's Jared Murphy, a fourth year midfielder, had six shots on net, all of which were corralled by Hickey.
Sunday UPEI 4 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
The UPEI Panthers turned it on in the second half with four consecutive goals to give them a 4-0 victory over the Memorial Sea-Hawks Sunday.
Harminder Singh scored twice for UPEI while Jimmy Mayaleh and Ibrahima Sanoh added singles. Singh scored his third and fourth of the season in an eight minute span. His goals were at the 73rd and 81st minute marks. Mayaleh scored his fourth of the year in the 82nd and Sanoh notched his third of the year to round out the scoring in the 86th minute.
The teams played wide open soccer with both teams getting several scoring chances before the Panthers broke it open.
HITS FM Players of the Game were Singh for UPEI and keeper David Hickey for Memorial.
The win improved the Panthers to 4-1-2.
Memorial fell to 0-5-1 on the season with the loss.
The Sea-Hawks will next be in action on October 13 and 14 in Fredericton against UNB.