Stanley scores overtime winner for UPEI in quarter-final action
Sarah Stanley scored in the second half of overtime Friday as the UPEI Panthers defeated the Memorial Seahawks 1-0 in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s soccer quarter-final action in Moncton.
Fullback Meagan Malcolm crossed the ball into the box that Stanley headed.
The Seahawks keeper stopped the initial shot, but not Stanley’s second header.
The Panthers kept Memorial off the board for the next 11 minutes to advance to today’s semifinal at 11 a.m. with the top-ranked Cape Breton Capers.
“They’re excited about getting the results and they’re looking forward to having a great game against Cape Breton tomorrow,” Panthers coach Lewis Page said Friday. “They’ve come here to try and win this thing and they’re not done yet.”
The teams tied 1-1 in Sydney, N.S., on Sept. 14 in the only meeting during the season. The Capers went 9-0-4 during the regular season and outscored their opponents 35-9.
“This is the AUS semifinal, anything is possible,” Page said.
Friday’s game was played in rain and with the wind howling.
“It was a very tight affair,” Page said. “The wind was making it really difficult for both teams, regardless whether it was at your back or in your face.”
Stanley is a fourth-year midfielder from Charlottetown, who was named a second team all-star by the AUS on Thursday. Ashley McKenna made five saves for the shutout.
Page called the Panthers performance a “gutty, courageous playoff performance.”
“It wasn’t a game for the purist. It was a game for those people who enjoy great competition,” Page said.
Third-place Acadia beat Mount Allison 1-0 in the other quarter-final. They play the second-seed Dalhousie Tigers at
2 p.m. in the other semifinal.
The championship game is
2 p.m. Sunday.
Dalhousie defeated Acadia 2-1 in penalty kicks in men’s quarter-finals in Halifax.
They will play second-seeded Saint Mary’s today at 3 p.m. in semifinal play.
The Cape Breton Capers beat St. F.X. 4-0 in Friday’s other quarter-final and will now play the top-ranked UNB Varsity Reds today at noon.
The final is set for 2 p.m.