Sea-Hawks clinch AUS playoff spot
The Memorial Sea-Hawks women's soccer team did what they needed to do to clinch an AUS playoff spot this weekend, earning a critical single point in a scoreless Sunday draw with StFX after losing to the undefeated Capers Saturday.
Saturday Cape Breton 1 Memorial 0 (boxscore)
The Cape Breton Capers set the Memorial Sea-Hawks quest for a playoff spot back with a 1-0 victory in AUS women’s soccer on Saturday afternoon in Sydney.
The Capers finished the season undefeated at 9-0-4. Karolyne Blain scored the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute. It was Blain’s 14th goal of the season. Her 14 goals are a team record and the most in the league.
The Sea-Hawks played a defensive 4-5-1 scheme which seemed to neutralize the Capers league-best offense through the first half.
Sunday Memorial 0 StFX 0 (boxscore)
The Memorial Sea-Hawks and StFX X-Women played to a scoreless draw on a wet day at Oland Stadium in Antigonish on the final day of the AUS women’s soccer regular season. The draw earned Memorial their first playoff berth in five seasons.
Memorial had the best chances of the opening half as Jessie Noseworthy and Chelsea Tiller both had shots turned away by senior StFX keeper Maris Miller.
In the second half both teams played evenly with four shots on goal each. The rain was much heavier in the second half which impacted the play.
Miller finished the game with 13 saves for the clean sheet in her final varsity game.
Memorial rookie keeper Jaime Crocker (pictured above) continued her streak of not allowing a goal. She has now shut out the opposition in all three starts of her varsity career. She turned away 6 shots.
Memorial defender Paula Whitten was named player of the game while Claire Gibbons was the player of the game for StFX.
StFX finished the season in 8th place with a record of 3-6-4. Memorial clinched a playoff spot with their 5th place record of 5-4-4. They edged out Moncton for the final playoff spot based on the tiebreaker of wins in head-to-head play. Memorial blanked Moncton 1-0 on September 21.
Memorial will now compete in the 2013 Subway AUS Women’s Soccer Championship hosted by Mount Allison next weekend.