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Axewomen score another success on the soccer field

The Axewomen soccer team put a strong game together and recently handed the visiting StFX X-Women a 2-0 loss. - GARY MANNING photo
The Axewomen soccer team put a strong game together and recently handed the visiting StFX X-Women a 2-0 loss. Here, Acadia’s Emily Nickerson leaps in the air after the ball. - GARY MANNING photo

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Axewomen soccer team put a strong game together and recently handed the visiting StFX X-Women a 2-0 loss.

All goals came in the opening half.

The first goal came at the hands of third year striker Jenna Boudreau who worked past the defender in the 18 yard box and picked up a lose ball for a one-time kick past StFX keeper Erin Visser 19 minutes into the opening half.

Senior midfielder Katie Ross scored the Axewomen’s second goal on a penalty kick assessed to Axewomen after Boudreau was taken down by an X-Women as she broke for the net. Ross’ kick was at mid-level and to the right of the keeper who dove in vain for the well placed boot.

“We played well and stayed disciplined,” said Axewomen head coach Amit Batra.

The Axewomen out-shot StFX 13-4, with Visser making six saves, while her Acadia counterpart Spencer Skinner, stopped two shots for the shut-out.

“Our whole goal was to try and peak at the right time of year. We've often started out really well, but the key is how we finish. We've had a solid season and look to keep improving every game,” noted Batra.

The Axewomen soccer team concluded the 2017 regular season with a 3-1 win against the visiting UPEI Panthers. Acadia improved to 7-3-2 and concluded the season fourth in the AUS standings.

Out-shooting UPEI 24-2 with Panther keeper Amanda Stanyer posting 11 saves on 14 shots on goal, the Axewomen dominated the last 45 minutes by scoring all of their goals in the second half.

Team leading scorer Jenna Boudreau scored her fifth goal of the season on a great individual effort at the 52-minute mark.

Twenty-four minutes later, Meghan Earle scored an amazing goal on a bicycle-style kick that thrilled all of those in attendance.

Annie Little scored the ‘insurance goal’ with 12 minutes remaining in the half.

Panther Jennifer Balderston scored with just over two minutes remaining in the game on back-up keeper Nicole McInnis who replaced Spencer Skinner in the second half.

“We had a lot of the play the first half, it was a matter just continue to do the same things. Our locker room was actually great on making sure we focus on the process. We kept creating the chances on goal, but their goalkeeper was excellent,” said Batra following the game when asked what changes were made in the second half.

The Axewomen were matched against defending AUS champion and host of this year’s AUS Subway women’s soccer championship StFX Nov. 1 in quarterfinal play. See our website for details as press time was before the game was played.

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