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Hurricanes drop opener at CCAA women’s national soccer championship

November 6, 2013

Hurricanes during Tuesdays practice session in Surrey, British Columbia.

Hurricanes during Tuesdays practice session in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Hurricanes began the 2013 CCAA national women’s soccer championship on Wednesday with their first match versus the MacEwen Griffins from Edmonton Alberta.

The Hurricanes entered the match ranked at number seven in the CCAA after winning the ACAA championship at the end of October while the Griffins are ranked at number two after winning the ACAC championship.

The crowd was said to have shown lots of enthusiasm prior to the beginning of the opening game of the tournament and in the first half the Griffins Jenny Lam received a free kick in the 9’ and capitalized to give her side the early 1-0 lead. The Griffins continued to press and were able to go up 2-0 in the 36’ when Kacey Paplawski found the back of the net. The Hurricanes increased their offensive pressure near the end of the first half but the Griffins keeper played well, highlighted by a tremendous save in the 42’. The game entered half time with the score of 2-0 in favor of the Griffins.

The Hurricanes were able to carry over a strong finish to the first half into the start of the second half which paid off when Molly Gallant scored in the 54’ when her shot deflected off the crossbar and in to bring the score to 2-1 in favor of MacEwen. This would be the closest the Hurricanes would get.

Running into injury problems in the second half the Griffins capitalized with goals from Nicola Weber on a penalty kick in the 61’, Lindsay Butler in the 69’, Erika Vecchio in the 75’, Maryse Beauregard 77’ and Jenny Lam in the 84’ and 92’ to eventually defeat the Hurricanes 8-1.

“It was a hard fought match, the scoreline wasn’t indicative of how the game played out. It was a one goal match in the second half so full marks to Holland,” said Griffins coach Dean Corderio.

The Hurricanes Bethany MacLean was awarded the player of the game for Holland College while Marlea Moroz was chosen for the Griffins.

The Hurricanes will now take to the field on Thursday at 10 am local time (2 pm Atlantic) for their second match of the tournament; there opponent has yet to be determined. They will take on the loser of the Ahuntsic Indiennes vs Algonquin Thunder match that took place Wednesday evening.

Head coach Kris McKinnon had this to say on the remainder of the Hurricanes tournament. “Now it’s time to regroup. We still have a shot at the bronze.”

For information on the 2013 CCAA national women’s soccer championship, including live streaming of all games, visit www.ccaa.ca.

For live updates on the games via twitter visit www.twitter.com/ccaasportsacsc.

For live updates of your Hurricanes visit http://www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes or www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes.

CCAA is the governing body for college sports in Canada that oversees five regional sporting associations. Champions from each association gained entry to this year’s championship, along with two wildcard teams and the host, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The tournament takes place from Nov. 6 to 9 at Newton Athletic Park and admission is free for children under 18.

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