This past Sunday UNB’s varsity soccer teams faced off against Acadia in their second home game of the season.
On the women’s side Acadia controlled much of the game and outshot the Varsity Reds 9-2.
Fortunately Reds Keeper Sami Jo Bell – who was named Subway’s Player of the Game – was able to save most of those shots, only allowing one goal through in the 42nd minute of the game.
Acadia was able to hold on to their lead for almost the whole game, but second-year player Abby Sullivan equalised for UNB, scoring a header goal off a corner kick from fellow second-year player Emily Burton, in what was her first goal of the season. It was a timely goal in the 88th minute of the game, allowing the Reds to finish the game tied at 1-1 without losing points in the process.
At the end of what might have been one of their toughest games of the season, the UNB team was happy with the outcome.
Veteran player Laura McNicholas acknowledged that the tie was definitely better than a loss. “Acadia are a good team, and up to date no one has managed to take a point from them. So a tie is a good result … we managed to find a way to get a point, and a point is better than nothing.”
She agreed that the result of this game leaves the women’s team in a good mental place when they face Dal on Friday. “We are confident in our abilities and know that if we execute our plan which we have then we can be successful.”
The men’s team continued their winning and shutout streak, beating Acadia 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Acadia who fought hard throughout the game, in what UNB head coach Miles Pinset admitted was a face off against their best opponent of the year.
The Reds were able to score in the 61st minute of the game, with the goal coming from second-year midfielder Jose Lopez, who was also named Subways Player of the Game.
Lots of scoring opportunities created by both teams, but neither were able to find the back of the net, and the game ended 1-0 to UNB.
Rookie keeper Evan Barker earned his fourth consecutive clean sheet. Captain of the men’s side, George Lawton, agreed this was a key win for the UNB side. “Overall I’m very happy with the score” he said. “To get the fourth shout out in a row was great defensively … we knew we needed to get three points but I asked for a good, solid performance too. I think we did that.”
Both UNB soccer teams are on the road this weekend when they play the Dalhousie Tigers on Friday, Sept. 30.