(ANTIGONISH, NS) A high-scoring first half was followed by a defensive struggle, as the UNB Varsity Reds earned their first point of the season, in a 2-2 draw, with the X-Women, at St. FX, on Sunday.
The X-Women put early pressure on UNB, leading to a corner kick in the first minute. Off the set piece, freshman midfielder Mercy Myles(Accra, Ghana) took a feed from junior midfielder Chloe Brennan(Brookside, NS), before ripping a strike short side. UNB goalkeeper Rebecca Duda(Halifax, NS) made a great, soaring stop with her right hand.
After Alix Bruch(Calgary, AB) rang a shot off the goal post, the X-Women were awarded a penalty kick off a Varsity Reds hand ball.
Just a couple minutes later, MacNicholas almost had her second of the match, but her shot just missed.
Less than a minute later, Bruch knotted the contest, with a low shot along the turf that beat Duda.
In the 38th minute, Bruch found Brennan, who ripped a strike just over the crossbar from 25 yards out.
In the 88th minute, Kelsey Ellis(Ottawa, ON) got behind the UNB defenders, but Duda slid out to corral the rolling ball.
BY: St. FX Sports Information
PHOTO CREDIT: Gordon La