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Back-line leads Panthers to win over Hurricanes

The UPEI Panthers play in the Atlantic University Sport.
The UPEI Panthers play in the Atlantic University Sport. - Contributed

UPEI is 3-0 in pre-season men's soccer action, host Mount Allison Mounties this afternoon

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The annual pre-season derby between cross-town rivals the Holland College Hurricanes and the UPEI Panthers was played Saturday evening at the Panther turf before a good crowd from fans of both squads.

It was the Panther fans though that dominated in the celebration as UPEI romped to an easy 4-0 victory.

Again, it was the solid defence that limited the Hurricanes to one chance, a saved penalty shot, late in the second half by Panther keeper Brett Strba.

Two first-half goals by Lucas Ross (32nd minute) and Sam Smiley (44th minute) gave UPEI a well-deserved first half lead. The second half saw Moe Jaber (56th minute) and Neil Harte (88th minute) round out the scoring for the Panthers.

The win for the Panthers comes off two previous mid-week road wins in Halifax against Dalhousie (3-0) on Wednesday and Saint Mary’s (2-0) on Thursday.

The Panthers have yet to concede a goal thanks to the strong play of the back-line.

“I think today’s result all started with our defending,” said head coach Lewis Page. “One goal chance tonight, three clean sheets in a row now. I also thought our ball movement was really good. We moved the ball quick and pulled the Hurricanes into bad positions.”

The stats were a bit lopsided as well with UPEI having 23 shots toward goal with 15 shots on goal as opposed to one for the Hurricanes. Holland College were out chanced 13-1. UPEI out fouled the Hurricanes 16-4 and edged in corner kicks 10-1.

The Panthers will host the Mount Allison today at 3 p.m. to wrap up their pre-season stretch before preparing for their season-opening games against the Memorial Sea-Hawks in St. John’s next weekend.

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