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Men’s soccer cushions lead on top of AUS standings with weekend sweep

The first place UNB Varsity Reds men’s soccer team is pulling away from the pack in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) standings following two road wins this weekend.

The Reds travelled to St. Francis Xavier University on Friday and defeated the X-Men 2-0. On Saturday they returned to New Brunswick and beat the Mount Alison Mounties 4-0 to remain unbeaten on the season.

In front of more than 300 fans in Antigonish on Friday night, Shea Nordheim opened the scoring in the 50th minute with a low shot that eluded X-Men goalkeeper Sam Hutchison.

Oliver Jones tallied the second goal of the night in the 64th minute, making the final score 2-0 UNB. Varsity Reds goalkeeper Aaron McMurray recorded a four save shutout and earned Subway Player of the Match honours.

On Saturday night, UNB pulled off a convincing 4-0 win over the Mount Allison Mounties. All of UNB’s goals came in the second half as George Lawton (48th minute), Jones (57th minute), Marcus Lees (60th) and Diego Padilha (90th minute) scored in the win.

McMurray played in his second consecutive game for the first time this season and made three saves in the shutout victory.

This weekend’s wins bring the Varsity Reds record to 6-0-1, with their only tie coming against UPEI on Sept. 19.

Meanwhile, the V-Reds have outscored opposition by an impressive 18-3 margin over seven games. Oliver Jones leads the team in scoring with five goals and an assist in seven matches. Marcus Lees is a close second with four goals and an assist.

Next on the schedule for UNB’s men’s soccer team is a match in Moncton on Friday. The Aigles Bleus are currently in the basement of the AUS standings.

On Sunday at 3:15 p.m., the Varsity Reds return to their home field to take on the Dalhousie Tigers for the only meeting between the two this season.

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