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Wins for Axemen, Axewomen in soccer season opener

A UPEI player head butts the ball high into the air in front of Acadia's net in the men's soccer season opener Sept. 5. Acadia won the game with a 1-0 goal by Valley native Cochrane Noseworthy-Smith.
A UPEI player head butts the ball high into the air in front of Acadia's net in the men's soccer season opener Sept. 5. Acadia won the game with a 1-0 goal by Valley native Cochrane Noseworthy-Smith.

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Valley native Cochrane Noseworthy-Smith led the Acadia Axemen soccer team to its first regular season victory Sept. 5 after netting the lone goal of the 1-0 victory over UPEI Panthers.

Ten minutes into the second half, midfielder Noseworthy-Smith was granted a kick just outside the 18 yard box after he was pushed from behind by the defending Panther player. He took full advantage of the opportunity, giving Acadia the 1-0 advantage which they would hold onto until theend of the game.

See a slideshow of photos from the men's game here.

"I am pleased with the win tonight but we now must focus on the next game. The good news is that we can play better," said coach Findlay MacRae via Twitter. 

Axewomen dominate game

It was a 5-2 victory for the Axewomen's season opener against the UPEI Panthers. 

"A good start to the season. There is definitely a lot of positives to take from the win including a five goal output," said coach Amit Batra told Acadia Athletics. "At the same time I don't think the score reflected the battle between the two teams. The score was tied at one at the half and I think UPEI is dangerous and it's early in the season and their first road trip and it's a tough situation."

Although the PEI team got on the scorecard first with Emilie Pelletier's goal on Acadia keeper Caroline Wood only 15 minutes into the first half, Acadia responded with two goals. 

With four minutes left in the first half, Acadia's Michelle Pryde tied the game up at one for the Axewomen. A pass from Axewomen Meghan Earle to teammate Jenna Blackburn saw Acadia claim the 2-1 advantage in the second.

PEI quickly responded to tie the score at two, with Jerika Gimpel scoring the goal.

Earle came back to scored two unanswered goals, including a penalty shot after the Panthers were assessed a yellow card,  Up 4-2, Axewoman rookie Jenna Howell put the game away with her first AUS goal in the 5-2 Acadia win.

"I have to give credit to our players for coming back after being down 1-0 early in the game. There is a lot to say for our resilience. We came out at halftime and fixed our offside problem from the first half and we hit our stride during a little spell that bounced the score to 5-2," Batra told Acadia Athletics.

The Acadia soccer teams will travel to Halifax on Sunday to face off against Dalhousie.

Valley native Cochrane Noseworthy-Smith led the Acadia Axemen soccer team to its first regular season victory Sept. 5 after netting the lone goal of the 1-0 victory over UPEI Panthers.

Ten minutes into the second half, midfielder Noseworthy-Smith was granted a kick just outside the 18 yard box after he was pushed from behind by the defending Panther player. He took full advantage of the opportunity, giving Acadia the 1-0 advantage which they would hold onto until theend of the game.

See a slideshow of photos from the men's game here.

"I am pleased with the win tonight but we now must focus on the next game. The good news is that we can play better," said coach Findlay MacRae via Twitter. 

Axewomen dominate game

It was a 5-2 victory for the Axewomen's season opener against the UPEI Panthers. 

"A good start to the season. There is definitely a lot of positives to take from the win including a five goal output," said coach Amit Batra told Acadia Athletics. "At the same time I don't think the score reflected the battle between the two teams. The score was tied at one at the half and I think UPEI is dangerous and it's early in the season and their first road trip and it's a tough situation."

Although the PEI team got on the scorecard first with Emilie Pelletier's goal on Acadia keeper Caroline Wood only 15 minutes into the first half, Acadia responded with two goals. 

With four minutes left in the first half, Acadia's Michelle Pryde tied the game up at one for the Axewomen. A pass from Axewomen Meghan Earle to teammate Jenna Blackburn saw Acadia claim the 2-1 advantage in the second.

PEI quickly responded to tie the score at two, with Jerika Gimpel scoring the goal.

Earle came back to scored two unanswered goals, including a penalty shot after the Panthers were assessed a yellow card,  Up 4-2, Axewoman rookie Jenna Howell put the game away with her first AUS goal in the 5-2 Acadia win.

"I have to give credit to our players for coming back after being down 1-0 early in the game. There is a lot to say for our resilience. We came out at halftime and fixed our offside problem from the first half and we hit our stride during a little spell that bounced the score to 5-2," Batra told Acadia Athletics.

The Acadia soccer teams will travel to Halifax on Sunday to face off against Dalhousie.

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