12 Days of Christmas countdown #2 – Women’s soccer Hurricanes capture ACAA championship at home
December 23, 2013
After highlighting the dominance of the men’s golf Hurricanes in yesterday’s 12 Days of Christmas feature, we’re going in the opposite direction today. It’s hard not to love an underdog story, and the women’s soccer Hurricanes certainly fit the bill, overcoming the odds to win the ACAA Championship, along with being our #2 story from the season so far.
After hosting the 2012 CCAA Women’s Soccer Championships in Cornwall, the Hurricanes were determined to return to the national stage. However, things weren’t always rosy as the season progressed.
With a new head coach in Kris McKinnon, along with a season full of injuries throughout the lineup, the Hurricanes got into the ACAA Championships as the fourth seed, edging out UNB-Saint John by a single point in the standings. Going into the weekend, any statistical measure of the tournament would have generously put the Hurricanes as a long shot.
However, the Hurricanes had a distinct twelfth player that last weekend in October: Home field advantage.
Despite the odds, a late first-half goal from the returning Megan Spicer was enough for the Hurricanes to knock off the top-seeded University of King’s College Blue Devils 1-0 in Saturday’s semifinal.
In Sunday’s championship game, Hurricanes veteran and co-captain Shalan Armstrong scored in the 35th minute, and the Hurricanes got outstanding defensive efforts from rookies Alex Hicks, Natasha Wiegers, and Beth MacLean among others to give the Hurricanes an unlikely ACAA championship, their first conference title since 2010.
They went on to finish eighth at the CCAA championships in Surrey, B.C. two weeks later, but for that one weekend in October, the women’s soccer Hurricanes were on top of the world.
We’re almost there, folks! We will finally complete our 12 Days of Christmas tomorrow with our top story from the 2013-14 season! To bring everyone up to speed, here’s a quick recap of our 12 Days to date:
#12 – Holland College Juniors Hockey gets new road uniforms with Holland College Student Union backing
#11 – Women’s hockey returns to Holland College
#10 – Men’s soccer Hurricanes fall in extra time In ACAA championship match
#9 – Kris McKinnon, Kristin Hood win PEISA awards
#8 – Fast start gives women’s basketball Hurricanes national ranking
#7 – Eric Locke makes a hole-in-one en route to ACAA championship
#6 – Holland College plays host to many varsity, local events
#5 – Men’s basketball Hurricanes maintain national ranking
#4 – Holland College set to add baseball to varsity sport portfolio
#3 – Men’s golf Hurricanes win eighth straight ACAA team championship
#2 – Women’s soccer Hurricanes win ACAA championship at home
The Holland Hurricanes will be counting down the top 12 moments from the 2013-14 season so far, beginning Friday, December 13th until the #1 moment is revealed on Christmas Eve on their website and Facebook page. Count down with us as we celebrate the Hurricanes successes as we enter 2014!