MSVU win 3-1 against the UNBSJ
The Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics sailed past UNB Saint John Seawolves, 3 to 1 on October 17 at UNB Saint John Canada Games Stadium
Coming into the game the Seawolves knew that this game could make or break their playoff chance.
With the Seawolves ranked 6th overall, and Mystics ranked 4th overall. The Seawolves knew that they had to play a good game to possibly have a chance making it to playoffs.
The Mystics pressured offensively early on, as well as playing a strong defense against the Seawolves squad.
Although the Seawolves were playing well defensively, the Mystics had the wind as an advantage.
Mount Saint Vincent’s, Louis Barriault, was the first to score on a dangerous play with a well placed shot into the top corner of the net.
Although both team missed opportunities in the first half, the Mystics made up for that by creating their own opportunities with using very player on the field to move the ball around.
With less than 5 minutes of the first half, beautiful play by Nick MacDonald and Jeff Rodgerson. MacDonald sliding over a defender taking the ball with him, and a cut back to Rodgerson, but hitting the cross-bar.
Barriault scored his second as the Mystics pushed to take advantage of the wind in the dying minutes of the half.
Seawolves start the second half strong keeping possession of the ball.
The Seawolves PJ Ward, had a great shot on net, forcing Mystics goalie to make an excellent save, and opening up opportunities for the team.
The Mystics were able to muster more offence with Chris Gallanrt, scoring putting the away team up 3-0 with less than 20 minutes.
Moments later, Andrew Henry of the Seawolves, scored what was to be their only goal for the game.
Head coach for the Seawolves, David Vicente, commented “I think we came out flat considering we needed a win today to stay in the play-off picture. When we were down 2-0 at the 1st half, the work rate and sense of urgency just wasn’t there. We came out and played much better in the second half but still lost.”
The Seawolves faced off against the University of King’s College on sunday and despite a strong offensive showing ended up with a 3 – 2 loss.
As of publishing no further analysis of the game was available.
For the Seawolves this has been a building year, with a young team and many members playing together for the first time this season.
The Men’s team finishes off the season next weekend playing two away games, the first on Saturday, 4pm at Dalhousie, and Sunday against the first place Holland College squad, start time 2pm in Charlottetown.