The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s soccer teams were in New Brunswick over the weekend for important Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season games. On Saturday the ‘Canes visited the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies in Fredericton before facing the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves in Saint John on Sunday.
The women’s Hurricanes entered the weekend sitting atop the ACAA standings alongside the Tommies, while the Seawolves were battling for the fourth and final playoff spot in the conference.
The ‘Canes women used a 3-2 victory over STU, and a 2-0 win over the Seawolves to increase their lead at first place by six points with three regular season games to play.
On Saturday versus the Tommies, Emily Cormier scored in the 22’ to give the Hurricanes the early lead. Jade Stewart added a second ‘Canes goal in the 39’ to double their lead; a Tommies goal just before halftime cut the ‘Canes lead to 2-1.
In the second half the Tommies would complete the comeback in the 86’ to knot the game at 2-2. With time ticking down, the Hurricanes would pick up the exciting victory when Rachel Green scored off a free kick to put the ‘Canes up 3-2.
Nicole McInnis was the winning goalkeeper for Holland College in the match. The ‘Canes outshot the Tommies 6-5 in the win.
On Sunday versus the Seawolves, the ‘Canes used a goal in the 44’ by Emily Cormier to give them the lead; they followed it up with a Jade Stewart goal in the 87’ to secure the shutout win.
McInnis once again backstopped the Hurricanes to victory; the ‘Canes outshot the Seawolves 14-3 in the match.
With the victories, the Hurricanes improve to 8-0-1 on the season and sit in first. The Tommies fall to 6-2-1 and sit in second while the Seawolves are 3-5-1 and in fifth place.
The ‘Canes next home game takes place this Wednesday, October 16 when they host the Tommies at 7pm at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall.
“That was a tough stretch in the season,” shared Hurricanes women’s head coach Kris McKinnon. “Five games in eight games really tested us mentally and physically. The players were exceptional and we were rewarded this week.”
The men’s ‘Canes held the top spot in the ACAA standings entering the weekend while the Tommies and Seawolves were competing for the final playoff spot as the ACAA Championships approached.
3-2 wins on both Saturday and Sunday for the Hurricanes have moved them ahead of the second-place, Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics, by five points in the standings.
The Hurricanes opened the game down by a goal on Saturday versus the Tommies when they opened the scoring in the 14’. This lead was doubled when they found the back of the net in the 24’, giving them a 2-0 lead entering the half.
The ‘Canes returned to the field for the second half looking like a new team. A goal in the 56’ by Alex Lourenso cut the Tommies lead in half until Ehab Moustafa scored in the 80’ to tie the game at 2-2. With time ticking away, Jonathan Mackenzie was the hero for the ‘Canes when he scored in the 90’ to give the Hurricanes the 3-2 victory.
Hayden Porter was the ‘Canes goalkeeper in the win; the Hurricanes outshot the Tommies 7-4 in the match.
In Sunday’s match versus the Seawolves, Corey Mullett got the ‘Canes on the board in the 12’ off a penalty kick; Ehab Moustafa would give the ‘Canes the 2-0 lead in the 43’ when he scored from 20 yards before the half.
In the second half the ‘Canes would increase their lead to 3-0 when Alexandros Iatrou finished the set piece play in the 63’.
The Seawolves would begin to claw back as time ticked away, first scoring in the 80’ to cut into the ‘Canes lead; they’d add another quick goal in the 83’ to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Hurricanes would ultimately hold on for the victory on the road.
Devon Griffin was the winning goalkeeper for the Hurricanes; the ‘Canes outshot the Seawolves 10-8.
“These were two very close games for us this past weekend,” expressed men’s soccer head coach, Jonathan Vos. “We’re very pleased to have earned our six points. The games did show our strengths but also showed that we cannot be complacent. We need to improve on both sides of the ball and be more consistent in the coming weeks.”
With the two victories over the weekend, the ‘Canes now sit at 7-1-1 and in first place while the Tommies and Seawolves drop to 5-3-1 and in a tie for third.
The Hurricanes and Tommies will meet this Wednesday at 7pm at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall.
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Date: Monday, October 07, 2019