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Soccer 'Canes kick-off season with success in NB

It was a near perfect weekend for the soccer Hurricanes as they kicked off the 2021 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season with road games versus the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves and St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies.

On Saturday, the women’s Hurricanes opened their season with a 3-1 victory over the Seawolves in Saint John.

Hurricanes vet, Emily Lepine opened the scoring in the 37’ to take the lead before Karlee Duval replied in the 80’ for UNBSJ; the teams entered the half even at 1-1.

Lepine notched her second of the match for the ‘Canes in the 71’, giving Holland College the lead late in the game, with Emily Cormier securing the 3-1 win when she scored in the 89’.

Brianna Spencer was the winning goalkeeper in the game for the ‘Canes.  Holland College outshot the Seawolves 18-5 in the match.

The action continued on Sunday for the women’s Hurricanes, this time in Fredericton, New Brunswick versus the Tommies.

In a defensive battle, the ‘Canes managed to score the lone goal of the match when Miranda McKinnon found the back of the net off the rebound in the 19’, giving Holland College the 1-0 win.

Spencer was once again on her game in the net for the Hurricanes, earning the victory.  The Hurricanes outshot the Tommies 10-4 in the match. The only yellow card issued in the game went to Haley Coleman of the Tommies.

The women’s Hurricanes sit in first place after the opening weekend, currently the only 2-0 team in the ACAA.

The men’s Hurricanes matched the women’s team on Saturday, also defeating the UNBSJ Seawolves by a score of 3-1.

The ‘Canes opened the scoring in the 21’, when the header from Julien Jones got by the Seawolves keeper after a free kick from Kazuya Iwasaki.

Tegan Misener doubled the ‘Canes lead in the 28’ when he scored off a penalty kick to give the ‘Canes the 2-0 advantage midway through the first half.

The scoring continued for the Hurricanes when Mohammad Alhaj Ali lobbed the ball over the charging Seawolves keeper to score his first of the season; the 34’ goal put the ‘Canes up 3-0.

Nick Ellingwood put the Seawolves on the board in the 77’ but it was all they could muster offensively as the Hurricanes earned the 3-1 victory.

Keegan MacKinnon was the winning goalkeeper for the Hurricanes. The Seawolves held the shot advantage in the match, 12-8. The one yellow card issued in the match went to Thomas Ford of the ‘Canes.

On Sunday in Fredericton, the Hurricanes and Tommies battled to a scoreless draw in a highly anticipated match.  The Tommies outshot the ‘Canes 6-0 in the game and Keegan MacKinnon was back in goal for the Hurricanes in the tie.

The intense match included yellow cards issued to Josh Oakes, Chidubem Nkoloagua and Brett Springer of the Tommies, and a red card to Julien Jones of the Hurricanes.

The ‘Canes and Tommies are currently tied for the lead in the ACAA standings with 1-0-1 records after the opening weekend.

The men’s and women’s Hurricanes return to the field this Saturday to begin their home opening weekend.  On Saturday the ‘Canes welcome the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils before hosting the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics on Sunday; games are at 1 and 3:15pm each day (w/m) and hosted at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall.

The Hurricanes are currently limited to a seating capacity of 100 spectators per game.  Hurricanes soccer booster club members are guaranteed entry into the games, with the remaining available seats first-come-first-serve.  To guarantee your entry into the games, sign up to be a ‘Canes soccer booster club member at www.hollandhurricanes.com.  For $100, you will receive two personalized season ticket badges to both the men’s and women’s soccer Hurricanes home games, plus two Hurricanes travel mugs.

Connect with the soccer Hurricanes by visiting www.twitter.com/caneswsoccer, www.twitter.com/canesmsoccer, www.instagram.com/caneswsoccer and www.instagram.com/canesmsoccer.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes, www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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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, September 13, 2021