UPEI’s Neil Harte plays the ball over UNB defender Matt Boem during Tuesday’s exhibition game in Fredericton, N.B.
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FREDERICTON, N.B. – The UPEI men’s soccer Panthers opened their pre-season with a split in Fredericton, N.B.
The Panthers lost their initial game against McGill Monday afternoon in a close 1-0 decision on a goal scored by McGill in the 39th minute from a wide free kick that was headed off Panther keeper’s Brett Strba far goal post.
McGill midfielder Mohammed Kleit was Johnny-on-the-spot to head home the only goal of the game.
Game 2 was played Tuesday morning against UPEI’s arch-rivals, the UNB Reds. After even play through most of the game, UPEI got their first goal of the pre-season and the only goal of the game to edge the Reds 1-0.
The Panthers goal came in the 73rd minute from the foot of midfielder Sam Smiley, who was set up by veteran Lucas Holmes.
Panther keeper Nathan Ford played a strong game and was credited with three fine diving saves late in the game that kept a pressing Reds squad off the scoreboard.
UPEI will continue their training camp with a game against their cross-town rivals, the Holland College Hurricanes, Friday at 8 p.m., followed by two more friendly games on Saturday and Sunday against Mount Saint Vincent. All games are at the UPEI turf field as part of the Vince Mulligan Cup.