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Soccer 'Canes kick-off regular season over weekend

The Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall, PEI was the place to be this weekend as the Hurricanes kicked off their 2019 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season.  The Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics were in town on Saturday while Sunday’s opponents were the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils.

The Hurricanes women were in top form on Saturday, earning a victory over the Blue Devils before winning again on Sunday versus the Mystics; both wins were by scores of 2-0.

Emily Lepine scored twice in the first half on Saturday (6’ and 12’) to propel the ‘Canes past the UKC Blue Devils.  Jade Stewart and Jazae Smith earned assists in the game while Nicole McInnis picked up the shutout for the Hurricanes in goal. 

The ‘Canes outshot the Mystics 15-5 in the victory.

On Sunday it was Jazae Smith scoring at 6’ followed by a goal from Emily Cormier at 12’ to double their lead.  Keeper, Sam MacEachern was strong in goal as the ‘Canes earned their second straight 2-0 victory on home turf. 

Emily Lepine picked up two assists in the win while the ‘Canes outshot the Blue Devils, 15-10.

Head coach, Kris McKinnon, was obviously pleased with the 2-0 start to the regular season.

“We knew it was going to be a tough opening weekend against two strong opponents.  The players came ready to battle as we looked to start the season on a winning note.  We were able to score early in both games and that settled nerves.  The players deserved a six-point weekend; they’ve been training hard in preparation for these first two tests.  It is a great start but we have to keep progressing as we get ready for two more battles this week.”

The Hurricanes currently sit atop the ACAA standings with UNBSJ sitting in second at 1-0-1.

The ‘Canes men were victorious in their season opener on Saturday versus MSVU, 3-1, before settling for a draw on Sunday versus the Blue Devils.

Corey Mullett and Alex Lourenso got the ‘Canes on the board early in Saturdays match versus MSVU, scoring at 3’ and 13’ respectively.  Kaito Yamamoto increased the Hurricanes lead in the 63’ to 3-0 before surrendering a goal to MSVU in the 70’, scored by Dominic Stutz.

Devon Griffin played a strong game in goal for the Hurricanes in a match where the ‘Canes outshot the Mystics 24-5.

Sunday was a different story for the ‘Canes as they fell behind in the 16’ after a Will Fitzgerald goal for UKC.  The Blue Devils followed up with another in the 46’ to double their lead to 2-0 over the Hurricanes.

With time ticking down, Kaito Yamamoto got the ‘Canes on the board in the 59’ before Alex Tougher scored in the 79’ to even the match at 2-2.

Pressing in the final minutes of the game, the Hurricanes could not find the back of the net for the third time and the match eventually ended in a draw.  The ‘Canes outshot the Blue Devils 25-12 in the game while Hayden Porter performed solidly for Holland College in goal. 

Head coach, Jonathan Vos, was pleased with the effort from the weekend while focusing on areas the team will need to continue to work on.

“It was great to finally be out on the pitch and begin our regular season.  There are a lot of positives we will take away from this weekend but understand there are areas we need to build on as well.  It’s still early in the season and we will make adjustments this week prior to our next games versus Dal AC and Crandall.”

The UNBSJ Seawolves currently lead the ACAA standings at 2-0-0 while the ‘Canes sit in second alongside the Blue Devils at 1-0-1.

The soccer Hurricanes will now focus on a rare Friday matchup at the Terry Fox Sports Complex when they welcome the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (Dal AC) Rams.  The men and women will play simultaneously on side-by-side fields beginning at 7pm.  The Hurricanes also play on Sunday in Moncton, NB versus the Crandall University Chargers at 12 and 2pm (w/m).

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

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and 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 16, 2019