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St. FX scores early in 3-0 win in AUS quarter-final play

The UPEI Panthers were eliminated Thursday evening by a determined St. FX X-Men squad 3-0 in an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men's soccer quarter-final.

The Panthers never got off to a good start as the X-Men came out strong, winning most balls in the air and then attacking with their second ball effort. What proved to be the game-winner came in the 14th minute when the X-Men’s Joe Ward cut in on the left side and took a blistering shot that surprised Panther keeper Brett Strba. The Panthers, hoping to counter attack against a three-man back-line were stymied on numerous occasions without even getting close to a scoring opportunity. 

St. FX led 1-0 at the half.

The second half was no more promising as in the 50th minute St. FX’s Dylan Lawrence split the defence to add the insurance goal and then in the 84th minute William Warren sealed the win for St. FX. 

The rain got heavier as the game progressed but there was no denying the X-Men on Thursday. 

The Panthers did not quit and battled to the final whistle, but without result.

“Allowing the early goal hurt us,” said Panther head coach Lewis Page.  “You're kind of chasing the game from there. Full credit has to go to St. FX as they came out hard right from the start, moving the ball quickly. They were excellent today.”

Page said the Panthers struggled to get a hold of the ball.

“They were really good at closing us down and not giving us time to play.”   

X had 10 shots, eight on goal while the Panthers had five shots toward goal and two on target.

The semifinals go Friday.

Fifth-year fullback Mark Ashlee was named a first team all-star at Thursday afternoon’s banquet.

The UPEI Panthers were eliminated Thursday evening by a determined St. FX X-Men squad 3-0 in an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men's soccer quarter-final.

The Panthers never got off to a good start as the X-Men came out strong, winning most balls in the air and then attacking with their second ball effort. What proved to be the game-winner came in the 14th minute when the X-Men’s Joe Ward cut in on the left side and took a blistering shot that surprised Panther keeper Brett Strba. The Panthers, hoping to counter attack against a three-man back-line were stymied on numerous occasions without even getting close to a scoring opportunity. 

St. FX led 1-0 at the half.

The second half was no more promising as in the 50th minute St. FX’s Dylan Lawrence split the defence to add the insurance goal and then in the 84th minute William Warren sealed the win for St. FX. 

The rain got heavier as the game progressed but there was no denying the X-Men on Thursday. 

The Panthers did not quit and battled to the final whistle, but without result.

“Allowing the early goal hurt us,” said Panther head coach Lewis Page.  “You're kind of chasing the game from there. Full credit has to go to St. FX as they came out hard right from the start, moving the ball quickly. They were excellent today.”

Page said the Panthers struggled to get a hold of the ball.

“They were really good at closing us down and not giving us time to play.”   

X had 10 shots, eight on goal while the Panthers had five shots toward goal and two on target.

The semifinals go Friday.

Fifth-year fullback Mark Ashlee was named a first team all-star at Thursday afternoon’s banquet.

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