(MONCTON, NB) Three members of the UNB Varsity Reds women’s soccer team have been named First Team Atlantic University Sport All-Stars.
Keeper Sami Jo Bell, defender Hayley Gates and midfielder Lucy Parkin were honoured at the AUS women’s soccer awards banquet Thursday, in Moncton.
Bell (East Dover, NS) was the top goal keeper in the AUS, recording a miniscule 0.29 goals against average and a 0.925 save percentage. She allowed just three goals all season.
Gates (Bridgewater, NS) is regarded as one of the top defenders in the conference. Her lone goal of the season stood up as the game winning goal in UNB’s regular season finale, last Sunday.
Parkin (Sheffield, UK) started all 13 of the Varsity Reds’ games during the regular season, scoring three goals and assisting on four others.
All three women will play key roles in Thursday’s AUS quarter-final match, against St. FX.
Both teams won six regular season games, but October wasn’t easy for the X-Women, who lost five games during six game stretch.
The two teams only met once during the regular season, a 1-1 draw back on September 13th.
Based on that result, VReds head coach Jon Crossland says the quarter-final match should be close. “We’re confident, but we know we’re playing against a good team.”
Crossland says while he’s not looking past today’s game, his team does have an eye on winning a conference title. “We packed our bags and we’re not planning on coming home until Sunday, that’s the end goal of this.”
The Varsity Reds advanced to last year’s AUS final, losing to Memorial. Crossland says that loss still lingers. “We know what that feeling of defeat feels like and we don’t want to have that this year.”
UNB and St. FX play the first of today’s two AUS quarter-final games. They kick-off at 5PM, at Moncton Stadium. You can follow the action on www.austv.ca