By Kevin McCarville
Special to The Guardian
& The Guardian Staff
Meaghan Malcolm’s goal two minutes into the second half led the UPEI Panthers to a 1-0 win over the Memorial SeaHawks in women’s soccer Sunday.
The win gave the Panthers a split of the Atlantic University Sport doubleheader played in Mount Pearl, N.L.
The SeaHawks won the opener 1-0 Saturday.
The win improved the Panthers to 5-1-2, while the SeaHawks are now 2-4-1.
Sunday’s goal was Malcolm’s first of the season for the Panthers, who have registered only six goals in their eight games.
It was the first win for rookie Panther keeper Lauren Chamberlain, who played both games.
“Overall, we played better Saturday, lots of chances but few shots” said UPEI assistant coach John O’Brien after Sunday’s game. “Today, we attacked better, had more shots.”
O’Brien and fellow assistant coach Graeme McDonald guided the team on the weekend as head coach Mike Redmond remained on the Island.
Memorial won Saturdays game in the 83rd minute as Chamberlain had no chance on a shot to the top right corner from the top of the box.
Kayla Balderston was UPEI’s player of the game on Saturday, while Allyson Seviour won the award on Sunday.
The Panthers share first place with Cape Breton as the AUS takes its annual Thanksgiving break this weekend.
It is just as tight at the other end of the standings as only three points separate the fifth- and 10th-place teams.
The Panthers’ next game is Friday, Oct. 12, at home gainst Mount Allison.
The UPEI men moved to 5-1-2 after shutting out the SeaHawks on Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday, UPEI's Harminder Singh scored twice (73rd minute, 81st minute) while Jimmie Mayaleh (82nd minute) and Ibrahima Sanoh (87th minute) each chipped in single scores.
Trevor White stopped six shots in the Panthers’ goal for the victory.
Saturday, Mayaleh scored in the 65th minute for a 1-0 win.
Kieran Dutton earned the assist and White stopped seven shots for the shutout.
UPEI is tied with Saint Mary's (5-0-2) and Acadia (5-1-2) for the lead.
The Panthers break for Thanksgiving and return Friday, Oct. 12, at home against Mount Allison.