Third-year Acadia striker Meghan Earle of Mount Pearl, NL is the AUS women's soccer MVP for 2015. Earle scored 12 goals for the Axewomen this year, and helped lead Acadia to a first-place finish in the regular season.
WOLFVILLE, N.S. - The night began as a celebration, but didn't end with one for the Acadia Awewomen.
Acadia dropped a close 1-0 decision to the UBC Thunderbirds in the quarter-final match at the CIS Women's Soccer Championship Nov. 10 at Raymond Field in Wolfville.
Red, blue and white fireworks lit up the night sky during the event's opening ceremonies before the game, and the near capacity crowd cheered, clapped and chanted for the home side all game long.
The Axewomen, tournament hosts, came into nationals as the number eight seed, but managed to control much of the game against the defending national champions from UBC.
The lone goal of the match was scored on a counter attack in the 24th minute; a high shot from UBC's Amelia Crawford. Acadia goalkeeper Emma Connell got her fingertips on the ball, but couldn't deflect it over the crossbar.
Acadia head coach Amit Batra says the support from the community was fantastic, and he's very proud of his players and what they accomplished.
“The outcome wasn't what we wanted,” he said. “But how can you not be proud of our team and what we put out there in front of our home fans?”
Batra says some key players will graduate before next season, but a good core will be returning, and he's enthuiastic about the future of the program.
Meghan Earle, a Mount Pearl, NL native who had four shots to lead the Axewomen in the game, says the squad was energized playing in front of the passionate crowd.
“When we stepped out on that field, it's honestly amazing. It's a hard loss but at the end of the day I think we're really proud of our performance.”
Acadia's loss was one of three 1-0 results on the opening day of the championship. The Queens Gaels defeated the St. FX X-Women by the same score. The Ontario champion UOIT Ridgebacks also defeated the Trinity Western Spartans 1–0 in double overtime. In the first quarter-final, Laval Rouge et Or downed the Saskatchewan Huskies 5–0.
Games continue all weekend at Raymond Field in Wolfville. Acadia will now move on to the consolation semifinal on Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.