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Panthers defeat Varsity Reds in pre-season men's soccer

UPEI’s Neil Harte plays the ball over UNB defender Matt Boem during Tuesday’s exhibition game in Fredericton, N.B.
UPEI’s Neil Harte plays the ball over UNB defender Matt Boem during Tuesday’s exhibition game in Fredericton, N.B.

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.   

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