UPEI women see unbeaten string come to an end during action against host Moncton
The UPEI Panthers men’s soccer team is off the schneid, defeating the Moncton Eagle Eagues 2-1 Wednesday for their first win in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) action.
Cole MacMillan opened the scoring just before the 17-minute mark when he rushed about 40 yards down the left side of the field, cut in and released a rocket. The ball bounced off the goalpost, a defender and into the net.
The Panthers led 1-0 at halftime.
Mark Ashley headed a Lucas Holmes’ corner kick into the Moncton net at 49:41 to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
He had an opportunity on a similar play a few minutes later but this time popped the ball over the crossbar.
Moncton’s Ahmed Abdul-Rahman replied off a corner kick about 13 minutes after Ashley’s goal.
The Blue Eagles continued to apply pressure, but were unable to cash the equalizer.
Panthers’ keeper Brett Macdonald turned aside nine of 10 shots, including some big saves late in the contest, and was named the player of the game.
“I give full credit for all of this to my back-line for helping me clear the ball,” he said.
Samuel Charron made
five saves on seven shots for Moncton.
The Panthers are now 1-3-3 while the Blue Eagles are 3-2-3.
It was the Panthers first game on a grass field this season. As the night went on the dew on the grass made for a slippery field at times.
The UPEI Panthers undefeated streak was snapped Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to the Blue Eagles in women’s soccer play.
The conference-leading Blue Eagles scored three second-half goals to improve to 6-2 while the Panthers drop to 3-1-3.
The Panthers had their chances in a scoreless first half, but could not find the back of the net.
Alexandra Maltais (48:54), Roxanne Bernard (82:56) and Donya Salomon-Ali (90) scored for Moncton.
Panthers coach Lewis Page said the first goal changed the makeup of the game.
“We started pressing and we just opened ourselves up,” he said. “As a result, they got their other two goals.”
Ashley McKenna made 13 saves on 16 shots for UPEU while Catherine Poirier stopped all three shots she faced.
UPEI had only allowed two goals in its previous six games.
UPEI hosts Memorial for games Saturday at 3 p.m. (women) and 5:15 p.m. (men) and Sunday at 11 a.m. (women) and 1:15 p.m. (men).