On Saturday both squads of the Seawolves soccer program took on the field at Canada Games Stadium against the Dalhousie University Rams.
The women’s team took to the field first and within the first 15 minutes Amelia Haines put the Seawolves ahead, with her second goal of the season, assisted by Danielle Jenkins.
“Every season we always start with the goal being successful and hopefully becoming a league champion; we feel that this year’s squad is strong and deep enough to be in playoffs and challenging for a title” says head coach of the UNBSJ Women’s Soccer team, Robert Mather. “A lot can happen over the course of a season but this is the target we are committed to”.
Marina Comeau made 16 saves throughout the 90 minute game, helping bring the team closer to the coaches goal.
The Seawolves finished the game with 7 shots to the 6 attempts from the Rams.
“The game was a rough one, we held on for the win and clean sheet, but we didn’t play to the greatest of our abilities” says Marina Comeau, the goal-keeper for the UNB Saint John Women’s Soccer team. “No one was particularly happy with the way we played as a unit but in the end we came through and didn’t give up any goals”.
The Seawolves have played five games in the last seven days, with a good weekend pulling out with 4 of 6 points and they’re happy with their results and ready to continue to play for the rest of the season.
Final score was 1 to nil, with the Seawolves on top.
The Seawolves struck early, taking the game into their own hands scoring first on an unassisted strike from Dallas Casey.
The Dalhousie Rams responded seconds later with a goal from Craig MacEachern.
Fighting to break the tie, Dalhousie’s Jonathan Brent managed a shot past Saint John’s keeper scoring with three minutes remaining in the first half.
Sixty-nine minutes into the second half, Josh Hamlin of the Rams scored, leaving the Seawolves frustrated.
With eight minutes left in the second half Abdulrahman Rajih, assisted by Matt Smith scored for the Seawolves.
Saint John finished short of the Rams, ending the game 3-2
”This season will be difficult given we have lost seven players from last season, four of which were starters, but we still have some returning players with quality and we have picked up a lot of new face with lots of potential” says David Vicente, head coach of the UNBSJ Men’s Soccer team,
“We will be lacking the experience, but we’re ready for the challenge this season will bring.”
The Seawolves will be midway through their short but intense season after their September 26 game vs. Crandall University.