CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The UPEI Panthers men’s soccer team finished off their pre-season on a high note Sunday afternoon with a 6-0 crushing of the Mount Allison Mounties at the UPEI turf.
This has to be one of the most successful pre-season schedules on record as the Panthers completed their four-game run without conceding a goal while scoring a combined 15 against Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, Holland College and Mount Allison.
“The whole team has been playing really well since we started training,” said centre back Cohen Reddick. “To put four games like that and have no goals against is a credit to all the work our players and coaches have put in.”
Sunday’s game started off fairly even until midway through the second half when the Panthers started to put together their passing game that frustrated the Mounties, who were unable to get more than one or two touches on the ball before being smothered by UPEI players.
The Panthers split the goals evenly in each half with Nail Harte (34th minute), Reddick (36th minute) and Moe Jaber (44th minute) giving the Panthers a 3-0 advantage going into the second half.
Rookie Duncan Murray (57th minute) notched his first, followed by Reddick’s second of the game (63rd minute) that had to be the prettiest goal of the game from a blistering free kick 25 yards out. Noah Bitar closed out the scoring in the 87th minute.
Fifth-year keeper Nathan Ford picked up his second clean sheet of the pre-season as he and Brett Strba split the first four contests.
“We played the system that coach (Lewis) Page has given us and its obviously been working for us,” said Reddick, a Cole Harbour, N.S., native. “It’s a much better start than we had last year, so hopefully this will contribute as to how we play the season.”
With points on the line from here on in the Panthers hope to continue where they left off with a doubleheader this weekend in St. John’s, N.L., against the Memorial Sea-Hawks as the Atlantic University Sport season begins.
By the numbers
A look at the statistics from Sunday’s pre-season men’s soccer match between the host UPEI Panthers and Mount Allison Mounties.
Score 6 0
Shots towards goal 23 7
Shots on goal 14 3
Chances 14 0
Fouls 10 9
Corner kicks 8 1