Late goal lifts soc­cer Ax­e­men past Memo­rial

Ax­e­women, Sea-hawks set­tle for draw

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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.

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