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Hurricanes end regular season with strong home performan

October 22, 2018

The men’s and women’s soccer Hurricanes ended their regular seasons at home this weekend with strong performances against the UNBSJ Seawolves and STU Tommies.

The Hurricanes women picked up a 2-0 win on Saturday against the Seawolves before a 2-2 draw on Sunday versus the top-ranked Tommies.

The men used a 2-1 win over UNBSJ on Saturday, before a 2-0 victory over STU on Sunday to clinch first place in the ACAA standings entering the conference championships next weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Sabrina Molnar scored twice in Saturday’s women’s game versus the UNBSJ Seawolves (12’ and 44’) to push the ‘Canes to victory, while Hailey Terstege was perfect in goal in the Hurricanes 2-0 win.

On Sunday versus the STU Tommies, the Hurricanes pulled out to a 2-0 lead after first half goals from Grace Peardon (39’) and Emma Vos (41’).

The Tommies, the ACAA’s top-ranked team, came out charging in the second half however, scoring in the 55’ (Leandra Upton) and 60’ (Moira Kinney), to even the game at 2-2; this is how it would finish.

Sabrina Molnar was pleased with how the Hurricanes played this weekend.

“We believed in each other and we fought as a team. I’m very proud of the results this weekend and the hard work that was put in. When we work as a team, great things can happen”.

With the victory and draw, the Hurricanes end their regular season in third place with a record of 8-3-1; a successful season after the team missed the playoffs in 2017.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s ACAA Championships in Halifax, NS, the ‘Canes will challenge the second-ranked, MSVU Mystics, who are also the championship hosts.  This semi-final matchup will take place on Saturday, October 27 at 10am.

This season the ‘Canes dropped both matches against the Mystics (9-2-1), but after a draw with the ACAA’s top-ranked team, the Hurricanes are playing their best soccer of the season.

The men’s Hurricanes opened the scoring in the 23’ on Saturday versus the UNBSJ Seawolves, when Alex Lourenso found the back of the net.  This was followed in the 25’ by a Tegan Misener goal to put the ‘Canes up 2-0.

UNBSJ would answer back in the 42’ when Alex Allison scored to cut the ‘Canes lead in half, but this is where the game would eventually end.

In Sunday’s match versus the STU Tommies, the number one seed entering the ACAA Championships was on the line.  The Hurricanes needed a win or a tie to secure the top-spot as they entered the match leading the Tommies by a single point in the standings.

After a hard-fought first half, Tegan Misener scored in the 55’ to break the tie.  Aleco Iatrou would follow this up with another in the 59’ to give the Hurricanes the 2-0 lead.

Brandon Lund played in goal, and like the day before, was solid.  He recorded the shutout in Sunday’s 2-0 win.

Hurricanes goal scorers, Tegan Misener and Aleco Iatrou, were pleased to finish the regular season in first place.

“We came out really strong this weekend to finish the regular season. Finishing at the top of the league is great for us. We’re moving the ball well and finished our chances. I think we are ready for the semifinals,” shared Misener.

Iatrou agreed.

“This weekend was a great end to the regular season. Clinching the top of the table was big for us; we have a reputation in this league and we wanted to reinforce its presence. Now we shift our focus to the ACAA championships.”

With two victories this weekend, the Hurricanes end their regular season at 9-2-1, and in first place in the ACAA standings. They will shift their focus to the MSVU Mystics next Saturday at 2:30pm in semi-final action at the ACAA Championships.

This season the ‘Canes defeated the Mystics (6-3-3) in both meetings.

The annual ACAA soccer awards banquet takes place this Friday in Halifax, NS, where they will announce the major award winners, including conference all-stars.

For more information on the 2018 ACAA Soccer Championships, visit www.acaa.ca.

 

Coaches post-game comments

Kris McKinnon, Hurricanes women’s soccer head coach

“We had a successful weekend that has proven to the team we can compete with the best the ACAA has to offer.  We feel that we are peaking heading into the championships. We face a strong MSVU team who has given us a lot of trouble defensively.  We will need to be organized on the defensive side of the ball to limit their chances.  Offensively we will need to be clinical in front of goal and take our chances as we get them.”

Jonathan Vos, Hurricanes men’s soccer head coach

“We’re very pleased with the results this weekend. The boys adjusted well at halftime to add more quality chances.  It was a great way to finish the regular season and to clinch the top seed. It is nice to go undefeated on home turf.   MSVU will be a tough opponent on Saturday.  They gave us a hard game at home earlier this season.  Desire and discipline will be key for us in the playoffs.  It should be exciting.”

 

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Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018