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Soccer teams stay hot

The AUS soccer regular season is winding down just as UNB is gearing up. Both women’s and men’s teams are surging to the top of the AUS standings. With two games remaining in the AUS schedule, the men are in first and the women are fourth, sitting six points off the pace set by first place Acadia.

The women will get a chance to gain three points on Acadia next week as they take on the Axewomen at Raymond field in Wolfville on Friday.

Both UNB soccer teams played two games each this past weekend as they travelled to Moncton on Friday and came home Sunday to host Mount Allison.

The Reds swept all four games this weekend as the men won both of their games by identical 2-0 scores while the women demolished Moncton 7-0 and bested Mount Allison 2-0.

UNB women’s squad, which has had difficulties scoring all season, netted nine goals over the weekend while conceding zero.

This is a good sign for the V-Reds as they have the best goals against record in the AUS. If they can figure out how to score more consistently they could make a serious run at making the CIS championships.

Courtney Strba was the only multi-goal scorer over the weekend as she scored three total including both goals in the 2-0 win against Mount Allison. Sami-Jo Bell made a total of three saves in her two clean sheet performances.

The men’s team extended their winning streak to six in a row and their unbeaten streak to nine in a row with their two wins last weekend.

UNB now leads CBU for first place in the AUS standings by four points. If the Reds can secure a win in one of their final two games of the season they will clinch first place.

With two goals over the weekend, UNB forward Robert Park is tied for second in AUS goal scoring with eight. Oliver Jones sits third in the AUS in the total point category with nine.

UNB goalkeeper, Brandon Eagle earned two clean sheets as he was forced to make only four saves all weekend. Moncton and Mount Allison challenged Eagle with two shots each.

The Reds will look to cap their regular season with wins over third place UPEI and fourth place Acadia.

The men play Acadia Friday night and will travel home to host UPEI at BMO Field on Sunday, kickoff is at 3:15 p.m. The women will also play the Panthers, their game gets under way at 1 p.m.

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