Women's soccer team to play Dal Saturday in semifinal play
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Maria Scichilone of the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers women's soccer team, left, controls the ball in front of Mount Allison Mounties Emily Van Diepen during the quarter-final match of the AUS Championships Friday at the Cape Breton Health Recreation Park. Van Diepen is from Morell while Scichilone is from Rothsay, N.B.
The UPEI women's Panther soccer team has advanced to Saturday's semifinal with a 3-0 victory Friday over the Mount Alison Mounties in Sydney.
The Panthers, led by Maria Scichilone’s two goals, dominated the match from the opening kick off.
“I thought our strikers would cause them problems, which they did,” said Panther coach Mike Redmond. “Maria’s second goal was top of the charts. We played well, Sarah Stanley was excellent in the middle of the park, winning everything.”
The Panthers outshot the Mounties 16-4 and outchanced them 28-6. By the time Scichilone opened the scoring in the 16th minute finishing off a nice Lindsay Noonan cross into the box, UPEI had half a dozen quality chances. Jenna McDonald in the first minute, Stanley in the eighth, Scichilone off the crossbar in the 10th and a missed open net by Meaghan Malcolm in the 11th should have had the green and white well in front.
Mount Allison's best chances came in the 11th minute when they had two excellent chances turned away by Panther keeper Channelle Roy.
Mount Alison were more than fortunate to be trailing 1-0 at half as UPEI had 10 shots and 17 chances to score.
UPEI continued to apply the pressure in the second with Scichilone scoring in the 62nd minute on a tremendous individual effort. She turned the defender inside out with a series of moves before cleanly beating the keeper to the lower left side.
Kelsie Collier completed the scoring in the 85th minute, finishing a cross after a buildup from Scichilone and Stanley finding the back of the net for her first AUS goal.
The Panthers face the second-seeded Dalhousie Tigers Saturday at 3 p.m.