Squads end weekend today at St. F.X.
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By Fred Foster
The UPEI Panthers soccer teams earned ties with the Cape Breton University (CBU) Capers Saturday in Atlantic University Sport soccer action.
In Sydney, N.S., the men played to a 0-0 draw while the women’s game ended 1-1.
A Saturday night game under the lights in the drizzling rain might not be everyone's cup of tea, but no one could say this scoreless tie between was not exciting.
The intensity was high and the tackles tough, with neither side giving an inch. It was an excellent proving ground for the young Panther side, who had to withstand attacks down the wings and hard crosses into the box.
Panther striker Cole MacMillan had the two best scoring chances for his team as he was able to break in all alone twice on Caper keeper Ethan MacInnis only to have him knock the ball away.
Late in the game, with the Panther net completely vacant a CBU striker could only rattle his shot off the goal post as the game ended scoreless.
“It was quite a game, with the goal chances, it probably could have ended 4-4,” said Page. “But you know any time you come out of Cape Breton with a point, its a good result.”
Panther keeper Brett MacDonald, playing his first game of the year was strong in goal, taking away a number of quality scoring from the Capers.
UPEI is 0-1-2 while CBU is 0-2-1.
The women Panthers battled to a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Sydney, N.S., against an offensive-minded Cape Breton squad.
The Capers came out flying in the first 15 minutes and it looked as though they would blow the Panthers right off the field. But a determined defence and the good hands of Panther keeper Ashley McKenna weathered the storm and it was UPEI that drew first blood in the 17th minute. Striker Emily Pelletier got her body in front of a clearing kick from Caper keeper Tiffany O'Donnell deflecting the ball behind the keeper and giving Pelletier the whole net to shoot at.
A light rain played on both teams causing the ball to skip, resulting in many throw-ins and goal kicks. The half ended 1-0 in favour of the Panthers.
The second half started like the first with occasional counter attacks launched by the Panthers.
You knew CBU were going to do some damage along the way and in the 68th minute, after a goalmouth scramble, the ball was cleared to the top of the box where Robin MacNeill was waiting. A well-placed drive high to McKenna's left gave her no chance.
The Panthers absorbed tremendous pressure from CBU the rest of the way but the defence held strong.
“There were times that they were launching five attackers at us,” said coach Lewis Page. “We did well to stop them but it did open themselves up to our counter attacks.”
Both teams are 1-0-2 on the season.
The Panthers play Sunday in Antigonish, N.S., against St. F.X.
The women’s game is at 2 p.m. and the men’s game is at 4:15 p.m. Both St. F.X. teams are 1-1-1.
A look at Saturday’s Atlantic University Sport soccer games between the Cape Breton Capers and the UPEI Panthers in Sydney, N.S.
Score 0 0
Shots toward goal 23 11
Shots on goal 12 6
Fouls 11 15
Corner kicks 5 7
Score 1 1
Shots toward goal 21 11
Shots on goal 9 8
Fouls 4 7
Corner kicks 7 1