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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The UPEI Panthers men’s soccer squad finally brought their scoring boots to the game Sunday morning as they downed the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics 5-0 in Mulligan Cup action at the UPEI turf.
“Certainly it was great to see us take some more of our chances we created,” said coach Lewis Page. “It was great to see the whole squad get a game where we get lots on the scoreboard. I thought it was a great team effort and a great way to end our training camp.”
Strangely enough it was five players, who had never previously scored for the Panthers, who did the damage on the scoreboard.
UPEI opened the scoring at the five-minute mark on a nice cross from the right flank by Josh MacKillop to Neil Harte for an easy open net goal. The Panther’s second goal came from a cross from fullback Cohen Reddick from the left flank to right fullback Jesse Cameron who finished with a header.
The half ended 2-0 however it could have been a lot worse with UPEI dominating possession throughout.
The second half saw coach Page emptying his bench, giving everyone a chance to play. However that didn’t stop the bleeding from the Mystics side. Goals by Racine Diop (70th on a penalty kick), Thomas Carter Thompson (77th on a well-placed shot from 30 yards out) and Carlos Garces (86th on a long, wide free kick) rounded out the scoring.
Possession and offensive attacking was much like the day before as the Panthers had control in the Mystics defensive third. UPEI has 29 shots towards goal with 14 on target while Mount Saint Vincent could only manage five shots toward goal and one on target. UPEI out chanced the Mystics 11-2 and committed 12 fouls to 10 for the Mystics. The Panthers also had the advantage in corner kicks 9-2.
The women’s Panthers finished the Mulligan Cup with a 6-0 victory over the Halifax Selects.
Andrea Mahoney scored twice in the victory while singles went to Cassidy Doucette, Kamren Chaisson, Tyffanie Bordage and Jen Balderston.
The UPEI Panthers split a pair of exhibition games in women’s rugby action.
UPEI defeated Acadia 24-17 and lost 76-0 to perennial powerhouse St. FX during the Truro invitational tournament on Saturday.