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UPDATE: Axewomen lose Atlantic championship game to Capers

Acadia's Rachel Cunningham gains the ball in semifinal play against St. F.X. Nov. 6.
Acadia's Rachel Cunningham gains the ball in semifinal play against St. F.X. Nov. 6.

MONCTON - Acadia's women's soccer team fought fiercely on the Universite de Moncton field, but couldn't catch the title.

Cape Breton University Capers secured the Atlantic University Sport women's soccer championship with a 1-0 win Nov. 8.

“It’s a saying to leave everything on the field,” head coach Amit Batra said shortly after the game. “It’s no doubt that we did – that’s the way the championship final goes.

“There’s no regrets.”

CBU's Keona Simmonds scored late in the first half to take the lead. The Axewomen couldn't even up the score in the second, despite fierce effort and scrappy play near the end of the game that led to yellow cards for Michelle Pryde and Emelie Poirier.

Weather played a role on the field. Temperatures around 4 C felt much colder with winds gusting to more than 50 km/h.

“The wind played against both teams for sure,” Batra said. “In the first half, it was hard to get out of our end.”

In the second half, the breeze was blowing in favour of Acadia, with the Axewomen in the Capers’ half for most of the play, he pointed out.

Tamara Brown, Capers' player of the game and tournament MVP, was all over the field leading a strong defensive effort by CBU.

Candace Conrad was named player of the game for Acadia. "Candace did a great job,” the coach said of the fullback's efforts fending off the Capers' attack. “She’s mentally really strong.”

“Emily Nickerson and the whole back line played really well,” Batra added.  Michelle Pryde and Emelie Poirier had a lot of work to do in the midfield as well to shut down the (Capers.)”

In the front, he noted league MVP Meghan Earle had a number of good chances.

Keeper Emma Connell faced nine shots in nets for Acadia; Lysianne Trottier turned away six shots in the shutout win for CBU.

The Axewomen and Capers were neck and neck in league play through the regular season,  finishing first and second, respectively. Acadia's only loss before the final was Sept. 27 to CBU.

With the entire lineup eligible to return, the AUS coach of the year said he would have liked a trip to nationals this year to give the team experience before the Axewomen host the Canadian Interuniversity Sport tournament in 2016.

However, Batra said he expects the tight loss in the AUS final and preparing to host nationals next year would be a motivation for the Axewomen.

Acadia earned the spot in the finals with a 3-0 win over St. F. X. Nov. 6, with a goal by Kinsella Noseworthy-Smith and two from Katie Ross. Both top-seed Acadia and second-seed CBU had byes in the quarter-final round.

Cape Breton University Capers secured the Atlantic University Sport women's soccer championship with a 1-0 win Nov. 8.

“It’s a saying to leave everything on the field,” head coach Amit Batra said shortly after the game. “It’s no doubt that we did – that’s the way the championship final goes.

“There’s no regrets.”

CBU's Keona Simmonds scored late in the first half to take the lead. The Axewomen couldn't even up the score in the second, despite fierce effort and scrappy play near the end of the game that led to yellow cards for Michelle Pryde and Emelie Poirier.

Weather played a role on the field. Temperatures around 4 C felt much colder with winds gusting to more than 50 km/h.

“The wind played against both teams for sure,” Batra said. “In the first half, it was hard to get out of our end.”

In the second half, the breeze was blowing in favour of Acadia, with the Axewomen in the Capers’ half for most of the play, he pointed out.

Tamara Brown, Capers' player of the game and tournament MVP, was all over the field leading a strong defensive effort by CBU.

Candace Conrad was named player of the game for Acadia. "Candace did a great job,” the coach said of the fullback's efforts fending off the Capers' attack. “She’s mentally really strong.”

“Emily Nickerson and the whole back line played really well,” Batra added.  Michelle Pryde and Emelie Poirier had a lot of work to do in the midfield as well to shut down the (Capers.)”

In the front, he noted league MVP Meghan Earle had a number of good chances.

Keeper Emma Connell faced nine shots in nets for Acadia; Lysianne Trottier turned away six shots in the shutout win for CBU.

The Axewomen and Capers were neck and neck in league play through the regular season,  finishing first and second, respectively. Acadia's only loss before the final was Sept. 27 to CBU.

With the entire lineup eligible to return, the AUS coach of the year said he would have liked a trip to nationals this year to give the team experience before the Axewomen host the Canadian Interuniversity Sport tournament in 2016.

However, Batra said he expects the tight loss in the AUS final and preparing to host nationals next year would be a motivation for the Axewomen.

Acadia earned the spot in the finals with a 3-0 win over St. F. X. Nov. 6, with a goal by Kinsella Noseworthy-Smith and two from Katie Ross. Both top-seed Acadia and second-seed CBU had byes in the quarter-final round.

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