Women Panthers post wins over Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie, men’s team loses after settling for draw
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Dalhousie Tigers’ Ashley Salvador, left, and UPEI Panthers’ Jenna Jo McDonald battle for the ball during AUS women’s soccer action Sunday in Charlottetown.
The UPEI Panthers men's and women's soccer teams are heading in different directions after the weekend in Atlantic University Sport soccer action.
The women's team beat Saint Mary’s 1-0 Sunday and Dalhouse 2-0 Saturday while the men’s squad lost 1-0 to Saint Mary’s Sunday and tied Dalhousie 1-1 Saturday.
UPEI (3-0-3) is undefeated in women’s play while the men (0-3-3) sit last in the league. Both teams face Moncton on the road Wednesday. Games times are 5 p.m. (women) and 7:15 p.m. (men).
Panthers 1, Huskies 0
UPEI edged the Saint Mary’s Huskies 1-0 on a late second half goal by midfielder Sarah Stanley to six points on the weekend and remain unbeaten in the Atlantic conference.
The two wins vaulted the team to sixth place from eighth, only four points out of first place.
“I thought my tackles were clean, although I don’t know how the referee felt about them,” said right back Kim Brown, UPEI player of the game. “It’s so nice to kind of get my head back into it. I feel like I’m finally back from my leg injury.”
Ashley McKenna faced 10 shots for her third straight shutout. UPEI had eight shots on goal.
Panthers 2, Tigers 0
Midfielder Sarah Stanley scored twice and Ashley MacKenna kept out 17 Dalhousie shots for the win
UPEI won despite only four shots, giving up eight corner kicks and earned two yellow cards.
“It was a good game, we played hard and won the battles we needed to,” said Stanley, the UPEI player of the game. “We knew this was a big win we needed today and we went out and did the job. I thought it was a total team effort and we got two goals.”
Huskies 1, Panthers 0
Saint Mary’s lone goal by Kyle Denbrook was all it needed for a 1-0 win and to send UPEI to the bottom of the standings.
UPEI tried many different formations and substitutions, however the Huskies were better on the day.
“I thought our second- half effort was better,” said UPEI men’s coach Lewis Page. “We got more pressure on the ball and played with a little more urgency than in the first half. Now we just have to build on that.”
The win was the Huskies’ fourth one-goal victory this season.
Saint Mary’s outshot UPEI 16-12.
Panthers 1, Tigers 1
All the scoring came in the first half as Islander Sang Muk Choi opened the scoring for Dal and UPEI’s Harminder Singh tied things.
“I thought everyone put in a good effort. Everyone knows we need a win and we showed that,” said Cole MacMillan, UPEI player of the game.
“We just need to put together a full 90 minutes and put the ball in the back of their net.”
A second-half goal for UPEI was called back because of an offside call.
Dal outshot UPEI 20-8 and outpaced UPEI in corner kicks 6-0.