Sea-Hawks top Varsity Reds in AUS final

Sea-Hawks top Varsity Reds in AUS final

(Halifax, N.S. ) The second-seeded Memorial Sea-Hawks have won the 2014 Subway AUS Championship after Jesse Noseworthy scored two goals in the second half to give the Sea-Hawks a 3-1 over the top-ranked UNB Varsity Reds. This is the first AUS soccer banner for Memorial (men's or women's) since 1973 and the first ever in the women's team history.

The Sea-Hawks had lost both previous matches against the Varsity Reds this season, but they won when it mattered as they handed the Varsity Reds just their second loss in all of 2014.

For the Varsity Reds, it's the end of an incredible year of firsts for the team, who has had their best season in the university's history.

It was a dark and stormy day for the final of the 2014 Subway AUS Women's Soccer Championship. Both teams battled against the hurricane-like weather that poured down on Wickwire Field. In the 15th minute, Hannah Rivkin nearly opened the scoring when she got her head on a beautiful pass in by Jane Pope, but the ball sailed just right of the UNB net.

Meggie Spicer was all alone in the box with the ball in the 19th minute but she couldn't corral the ball into the net as the ball skipped wide to keep the game scoreless.

UNB's Hayley Gates, who had just one goal in the regular season, found herself on the receiving end of a nearly perfectly placed corner kick from Lucy Parkin in the 27th minute and headed in a laser of a header past Hannah Noseworthy to give the Varsity Reds a 1-0 lead.

Lauren Cubbon came up with a huge defensive play when she headed away a Memorial shot on the goal line, but the Varsity Reds failed to get the ball out of their end and their strong offensive pressure was finally rewarded with a goal, as Rivkin nailed a header that bounced over the line to tie the game at one in the 36th minutes. 

Kayla Painter nearly gave the V-Reds a 2-1 lead in the dying minutes of the first half when she found herself alone against the goalkeeper, but the shot didn't connect and the game remained tied going into halftime.

Jesse Noseworthy scored off a pass from Jane Pope to give the Sea-Hawks their first lead of the game in the 65th mintues after she connected with a solid strike in a mad scramble in the box. She followed it up with another goal from inside the box after a great pass from Jane Pope to make the game 3-1. 

Despite strong pressure from the Varsity Reds, the Sea-Hawks were up to the task defensively. They'd hold on to win 3-1 to capture the championship.

UNB head coach Jonathan Crossland says that although it's disappointing to lose the last game, it shouldn't take away from the V-Reds incredible season.
"You look back on the season, it's the best women's soccer team we've ever had at UNB," he said.
"Disappointing but we have a lot to be proud of. I think when we reflect back at some point they'll be proud of what we've done. It's part of a process and we hoped to skip a few steps and go right to the big one. But we just didn't get it done today. So we'll just keep going from here."

Memorial's Melissa Reid was named the MVP of the tournament, while UNB's Hayley Gates was named the Subway player of the game for the Varsity Reds. 

Jesse Noseworthy was named the Subway player of the game for the Sea-Hawks.

 

With files from Dalhousie Sports Information
Photo by Nick Pearce