SOC | Hurricanes men perfect to open up season while women split games
September 11, 2017
Another Holland Hurricanes soccer season has begun as the ‘Canes completed four games over the weekend in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to begin their 2017 ACAA regular seasons.
On Saturday both the men and women from Holland College were in Truro to take on the Dal AC Rams. The women would play a solid game on their way to a 3-1 win before the men would take the victory by a score of 6-0.
On Sunday the women would drop the match to the Crandall Chargers 2-1 before the men would take the win 4-1.
The Hurricanes women would open up the scoring on Saturday in the 9’ with a goal from Nicole Fergusson but the Rams would bounce back and tie the game in the 21’.
Shortly after, Hurricanes goals from Ali Fahie and Sabrina Molnar before the half would give them a 3-1 lead.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second half as the Hurricanes went on to pick up the win.
A slow start on Sunday in Moncton caused the women’s ‘Canes to not be able to find their rhythm.
The Chargers would open up the scoring in the 9’ but the ‘Canes Kendra Craswell tied the game in the 16’. The Chargers took their final lead of the game in the 21’ and once again, nobody could find the back of the net in the second half taking the game 2-1.
The Hurricanes (1-1) will look bounce back next weekend when they face the Blue Devils and Mystics in Halifax.
Head coach Kris McKinnon reflects on his teams opening weekend.
“One loss will not dictate our season. We have learned some lessons this weekend and need to move forward with those and get back to work this week ahead of a big pair of games next weekend in Halifax.”
The men’s Hurricanes would score early and often on Saturday in Truro, starting in the 3’ when Austin Blades would find the back of the net.
Additional first half goals from James Briand (29’), Charles Aondo (36’) and Ibra Sanoh (39’) would give the ‘Canes a 4-0 lead at the break.
In the second half the Hurricanes would score twice more; first in the 75’ (Briand) and again the ’86 (Sanoh) to give them the 6-0 win.
In Moncton on Sunday the ‘Canes would face a tougher test against the Chargers, finally opening the scoring in the 42’ when Ibra Sanoh would score his third of the season. Crandall would tie the match at 1-1 just two minutes later on a penalty kick.
Starting the second half tied 1-1, James Briand would score in the 70’ to give the Hurricanes the lead. A Harrison Ellison goal in the 83’ and another Briand goal in extra time would give the ‘Canes the 4-1 victory.
The 2-0 start for the Hurricanes puts them alone in first place in the ACAA standings ahead of the UKC Blue Devils and MSVU Mystics (both 1-0-1).
As mentioned, the Hurricanes will be on the road next weekend for four big matches in Halifax.
On Saturday, September 16 the Hurricanes will visit the UKC Blue Devils (women, 0-0-2 – men, 1-0-1) before meeting the MSVU Mystics (women, 0-1-1 – men, 1-0-1) on Sunday. Game times are 2 and 4pm (W/M) on Saturday with both games taking place at 2pm on Sunday.
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