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Hurricanes sweep Rams in road games on Saturday

October 15, 2018

The men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled to Truro, Nova Scotia on Saturday to take on the Dal AC Rams in ACAA regular season soccer action.

Dal AC got on the board first on the women’s side, in the 17’, but the Hurricanes would quickly respond.

In the 19’, Sabrina Molnar tied the game, followed by a Brittany Stafford goal in the 35’, to put the ‘Canes up 2-1; Molnar would add her second of the game in the 38’ to put the Hurricanes ahead 3-1 entering halftime.

The second half started with early Hurricanes goals from Nicole Fergusson (52’) and Laura Wells (54’).  They would extend their lead with goals from Jade Stewart (85’) and Ali Fahie (89’), giving them the 7-1 victory.

The victory improves the Hurricanes record to 7-3-0 on the season as they sit in third place in the ACAA standings.  They trail the MSVU Mystics, who are in second, by four points with one game in hand. The Hurricanes have two regular season games remaining on their schedule.

‘Canes winger, Sabrina Molnar, had a strong offensive game, scoring twice.

“When we play like a team we are at our best.  As a team, if we stay composed and keep our intensity up we will be tough to beat. The pressure is on with only two regular season games remaining.  We need to take things to the next level in the final weeks of the season.”

In the men’s game, the Hurricanes jumped out to an early lead with Teagan Misener putting one by the Rams goalkeeper in the 11’. Misener would score twice more at the 17’ and 31’ minute to complete the hat trick and give the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead heading into the second half.

Misener thinks the key to their success is team play and good ball movement.

“We came out really strong against Dal AC on Saturday. We played well together as a team and moved the ball well. It was great to score the three goals against them and help us earn another win.”

Theo Ngezahayo got on the board in the 52’ to make the score 4-0 for the Hurricanes. James Briand followed up a goal 14 minutes later before Shunya Kobayashi put the exclamation point on the game, giving the Hurricanes a 6-0 win over the Rams. Brandon Lund stopped all shots he faced in the 7-1 victory as the Hurricanes goalkeeper.

Entering the final weekend of regular season action the men’s Hurricanes sit atop the ACAA standings with a 7-2-1 record.  They hold a slim one-point lead over the STU Tommies with the MSVU Mystics four points back in third, having played one more game.

The ‘Canes will finish their regular seasons at home on Saturday October 21 versus the UNBSJ Seawolves before taking on the STU Tommies on Sunday, October 22.  Games take place at 2 and 4pm each day (w/m) at the Terry Fox Sports Complex.

 

Post-game comments from the coaches

Kris McKinnon (women’s soccer Hurricanes head coach)

“Saturday was another great team win.  We controlled the play and had chances to take the lead but were unable to find the back of the net.  Dal AC caught us on a counter attack to take the lead early.  It was great to see the team pick up their play after going down early and committing to winning the game.  Once again we had players come into the game and contribute to the win off the bench.”

Jonathan Vos (men’s soccer Hurricanes head coach)

“We’re pleased with the win, everyone did their jobs.  Most impressive was the way that our players contributed off of the bench. This weekend was important as we have teams behind us fighting for playoff positions.  The top five teams are all very close.”

 

 

What they said

Nicole Fergusson (women’s soccer striker, Oakfield, NS – 1 goal on Saturday)

“It was a great team win on Saturday, I feel like our team is peaking at the right time.  Our confidence is at a high going forward and we feel good with the playoffs approaching.”

Jade Stewart (women’s soccer winger, Bahamas – 1 goal on Saturday)

“There was good communication with the team on Saturday.  We started off with a great starting 11, which set the tempo for the match. We were able to remain composed as we moved the ball, which led to us finishing seven chances.  I’m excited for the remainder of the regular season.”

Ali Fahie (women’s soccer striker, Hammonds Plains, NS – 1 goal on Saturday)

“We got the result we wanted this weekend against Dal AC.  Now it’s time to focus on finishing strong in the regular season. It is a bitter sweet feeling that the season is coming to an end, but we are right where we need to be to take it to the next level.”

Laura Wells (women’s soccer winger, Halifax, NS – 1 goal on Saturday)

“Our win was well deserved.  The start of the game was slow but we knew we had to pick it up if we wanted a good outcome. The team is ready for the playoffs; we have to keep up our hard work these last two regular season games.”

Hailey Terstege (women’s soccer goalkeeper, Stratford, PEI)

“We started off sluggish but once we started to work together as a team, and do what we do best, that’s when the intensity picked up and we started to score.”

Theo Ngezahayo (men’s soccer midfielder, Butare, Rwanda – 1 goal on Saturday)

“Playing on the road is not easy but we managed to pick up the win.  We have been working on different strategies and they’re working well.  We’re going to keep training hard to make sure we continue to improve.”

James Briand (men’s soccer winger, Antigonish, Nova Scotia – 1 goal on Saturday)

“We played our game, moved the ball very well and created a lot of space to work through.  We’re almost where we want to be.  It’s a big weekend coming up against tough teams that will really test us.  We will have to work hard, do the little things well and stick to our game if we want to stay on top of the standings going into the playoffs.”

Shunya Kobayashi (men’s soccer winger, Yachiyo, Japan – 1 goal on Saturday)

“Winning feels great.  We continue to study what we need to do to improve and we will work on these things in training.  We’re remaining focused as we enter the final two games of our regular season.”

 

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, October 15, 2018