Late goal lifts soccer Axemen past Memorial
Axewomen, Sea-hawks settle for draw
A late goal by rookie Dante Borsella lifted the Acadia Axemen soccer team past the visiting Memorial Sea-hawks in a 2-1 win.
Scoreless after the 32 minutes of play, Sea-hawk Jordi Slaney tipped in a free kick taken 30 yards out from Axemen keeper Nic Jefferies.
Less than a minute later, the Axemen struck on a cross kick by Ryan Parris that was settled quickly by Spencer Buck and sent to the back of the net pass Sea-hawks Player of the Game Braedan Sheppard.
The game continued with the Axemen posting several great chances, only to fall short of the needed game- winning goal.
Out-shooting Memorial 14-10 with six shots landing on goal, not until the 65th minute did Borsella score the game winner. Travis Fenning, near the goal line, sent a pass back to the top of the 18-yard box where Borsella fired a strike to the top corner of the net, out of reach of Sheppard.
It was Borsella’s first game of the regular season after dealing with an injury since late August.
“After the opening goal, we didn’t play composed, but after five minutes after their goal, we began to dominate. Coach told us to slow the game down and stick to our game. We were giving the ball away cheaply, which we normally don’t do. It was more of a mental thing, rather than an ability thing. The intensity was there, it was more about our mental side,” noted team captain Matthew Berrigan.
The win keeps the Axemen in the playoff hunt as they sit fourth in the AUS standings. Cape Breton, St. FX and UNB have clinched playoff spots.
The Axemen close out the regular season with two games at home that include St. FX on Oct. 27 and UPEI on Oct. 28.
Axewomen, Sea-hawks go 0-0 Memorial keeper Sydney Walsh kept the Axewomen at bay and earned the Subway POG as the Sea-hawks and Acadia battled to a 0-0 draw. Second-year Axewomen keeper Spencer Skinner was equal to the challenge in earning the shutout.
Despite opportunities by both teams, the game remained in a scoreless deadlock. The Axewomen out-shot the Sea-hawks 13-10 with most of the Acadia offensive pressure occurring late in the second half. The Seahawks and Axewomen are the second and third highest scoring teams in a tight league, which made the 0-0 draw all the more surprising.
Credit was given to Memorial in a tight hard-fought battle, where the Sea-hawks played yesterday against UPEI before they faced a rested Acadia squad.
“The schedule gives competitive advantages to different teams every week. We were on the wrong end of it a couple of times this year and Memorial would have had to battle through because they played the day before,” noted Axewomen head coach Amit Batra.
Rachel Cunningham was named the Acadia Player of the Game for her effort.
“That was a really great game between two really good teams. We keep making progress and there were a lot of positives to take from today. We had our goal scoring chances but you couldn’t ques- tion our work rate and discipline today so you have to be proud of that. There are no easy games this year and that is a great thing for the League and for our players to have to battle through,” said Amit Batra on his team’s play.
While the tie didn’t affect the Seahawks position in the standings, the Axewomen fell several slots to fifth spot overall. The Axewomen wrap up the regular season at home against St. FX and UPEI. In the one meeting this year against St. FX, Acadia picked up a 1-0 win.