September 29, 2013, Charlottetown, PEI – The UPEI women’s soccer Panthers kept their undefeated streak intact on Saturday afternoon with a stunning 2-0 victory over first place Dalhousie Tigers, while the men’s side settled for a 1-1 draw.
For the women, a magic 3 minutes in the first half was the difference in two goals off the foot of midfielder Sarah Stanley. The first came in the 36th minute from a pass between the Dal center backs by Tessa Fudge giving Stanley an open lane right up the middle. A high shot over Tiger keeper Taryn McKenna made it 1-0 for the Panthers. The second came in the 39thminute when Panther striker Emilie Pelletier was able to again find Stanley in a run from the midfield. A simple touch on the ground to the open right side just inside McKenna’s left post sealed the deal. The half ended 2-0.
The second half came out, I’m sure explicit instructions to do what coach Page does best with his teams in this position and that is to defend, defend, defend. And defend they did, keeping the Tigers outside the defensive box.
“It was a good game, we played hard and won the battles we needed to,” said Panther player of the game Stanley. “We knew this was a big win we needed today and we went out and did the job. I thought it was a total team effort and we got two goals.” Panther keeper Ashley McKenna continued her strong play in goal picking up the clean sheet.
In the men’s game, the Panthers started well and then faltered late in the first half resulting in the Tigers opening the scoring in the 36th minute. Islander Sang Muk Choi got his foot on a ball at the top of the box to beat Panther keeper Brett MacDonald. Coach Page made two changes immediately after that, bringing in striker Harminder Singh and midfielder Cullan Mullally and it paid dividends as Mullally sent Singh in on the left flank in the 41st minute. A chip over the onrushing Tiger keeper TJ Leopold evened the score and that’s the way the half ended.
The second half saw chances by both teams, and late in the game UPEI thought they had the go ahead goal, only to be called back by an offside call. It was a game that either team could have won by finishing that final chance.
UPEI center backs Adam Lowther and UPEI player of the game Cole MacMillan were workhorses throughout the entire game thwarting a number of good Tiger attacks. “I thought everyone put in a good effort today. Everyone knows we need a win and we showed that,” said MacMillan. “We just need to put together a full 90 minutes and put the ball in the back of their net. Our subs came in and gave us our boost that we needed.”