Axewomen top V-Reds 1-0 to hold onto 1st place

Axewomen top V-Reds 1-0 to hold onto 1st place

WOLFVILLE, N.S. - The Axewomen soccer team stepped one game closer to finishing the season in first place in the AUS standings with a 1-0 win over the visiting UNB Varsity Reds.

Axewomen head coach Amit Batra was relieved with the win. "It was a nice win. UNB is a playoff team and you could see why tonight. It was tough to breakdown the win but credit to our players for their effort. We are on to Sunday now."

Acadia improves to 9-1-2 with one game remaining in the regular season, while the Varsity Reds drop to 5-2-5 and hold onto fourth spot in the standings - four points ahead of StFX who have a game in hand.

The only goal of the match game from AUS scoring leader Meghan Earle (Mt. Pearl, Nfld.) who effortlessly sent the ball to the high corner against UNB Keeper Sami-Jo Bell (East Dover, N.S.). The goal was Earle's 11th of the season. Jemma LeBlanc assisted on the lone goal.

The Axewomen, against a brisk breeze in the first half, had several opportunities and kept the V-Reds deep in their own end but by halftime UNB applied pressure to tie the game.

By the end of the match, the Varsity Reds had 12 shots, landing three on goal compared to Acadia's nine to six, but the Axewomen played sound defense to keep UNB at bay.

Emily Nickerson (Coldbrook N.S.) was named the Subway Player of the Game for her defensive efforts while UNB's Laura McNicholas (Doncaster, UK) captured the honour for the V-Reds.

The Axewomen host Moncton at 1:00 pm on Sunday, while the Varsity Reds are at home against UPEI

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