The team, only four seasons after the creation of a CIAU National Championship for women’s soccer, was crowned national champions and was highlighted by an undefeated season.
The Axettes capped an undefeated season with a championship win in Vancouver, B.C. in November. Their 16-0 record shattered national offensive and defensive records and created new standards that teams would strive to achieve in the following years.
In 12 AUAA regular season games, the Acadia squad posted an amazing 52 goals and only allowed one goal.
Then head coach Laura Sanders was chosen as an AUAA and CIAU coach of the year and several Axettes were named CIAU All-Canadians including keeper Alison Tuton who recorded 14 shutouts in 16 regular season and playoff games along with Wendi Wells.
Entering the AUAA playoffs as the No. 1 ranked team in the country, Acadia handed Mount Allison a 1-0 loss in the semi-finals and captured their sixth AUAA title with a 1-0 win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies.
The national championship format included hosting the OUAA champion Sir Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks on Acadia’s Raymond Field. The Hawks scored at the 18-minute mark and held onto a 1-0 lead into halftime. AUAA Rookie of the Year Cindy Montgomerie tied the game at the 77th minute to force the game into overtime and an eventual free kick win over the Hawks.
All eyes would be set on Vancouver as the Axettes took on the CIAU final host UBC Thunderbirds.
“A lot of our kids had been to the national championship all four years. In terms of their maturity and their focus, they were well prepared and knew what they were in for. There was absolutely no way that they wanted this to slip away from them this time,” recalled Sanders.
At the end of regulation time, the contest was knotted at 0-0 and the game remained scoreless after overtime play. The Axettes calmly scored four out of five attempts and won the shootout 4-2 to become national champions. A perfect ending to a perfect season.
Tuton stopped 13 shots in the national championship final and Bridget Anakin was the recipient of the Gunn Baldursson Most Valuable Player Award of the championship game.