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Varsity Reds soccer teams clinch first place

For the first time ever, both UNB Varsity Reds soccer teams will finish first overall in the Atlantic University Sport regular season standings.

For the first time in the team’s existence, the Varsity Reds women’s soccer team has clinched first place. They did so on a rainy Wednesday night at BMO Centre, defeating the Mount Alison Mounties 3-2.

It was a dramatic, come-from-behind victory for the V-Reds. The Mounties led 1-0 after the first half and grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the second. Hayley Gates and Lauren Cubbon then scored five minutes apart to tie things at 2-2. In the 85th minute, Nicola Small scored to give the Varsity Reds a 3-2 lead and eventual win.

Goalkeeper Rebecca Duda made five saves in the win.

UNB now has a 9-1-2 record, good for 29 points. Even with one game remaining on their regular season schedule, Wednesday’s win guarantees them a first place finish, the top seed position in the AUS playoffs, and a first round bye.

Meanwhile, the Varsity Reds men’s soccer team clinched first place for a third consecutive season with a big 5-0 win over the Mounties at BMO Centre.

Shea Nordheim and George Lawton scored in the first half to put UNB up 2-0. In the second, Kenneth Van Aarle scored twice while Nordheim added his second of the game to give UNB a solid 5-0 win.

Brandon Eagle got the start in net for the V-Reds and made two saves in the win.

The men’s team still hasn’t lost a game this season. Their record of 10-0-2 clinches them not only first place but also the top seed position in the playoffs and a first round bye.

Both UNB squads have one game remaining on their schedules as they host the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Friday. The women kickoff at 5 p.m. while the men are scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.

The AUS women’s soccer playoffs take place Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 in Halifax. The men’s playoffs take place during that same time period in St. John’s. Both UNB teams will play their first game on Nov. 1.

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