Panthers play to a draw with Axemen in Wolfville

Panthers play to a draw with Axemen in Wolfville

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Axemen soccer team settled for a 1-1 draw against the visiting UPEI Panthers in the last regular season match of the 2017 season. 

The draw clinches a playoff berth for the Axemen after posting a regular season record of 5-4-3. 

The Axemen out-shot UPEI 16-3, with Panther Brett Strba stopping 8 shots on goal, but on the other end, Acadia keeper Nic Jefferies was tested several times. 

Sam Smiley opened the scoring at the 16 minute mark of the first half for the Panthers after a nice feed from Mohammad Jaber 

The Axemen responded back at the 35th minute on an unassisted goal by Cale Sanders. 

The second half saw no additional goals, but plenty of opportunities including four of five corner kicks  for the Axemen couldn't help grab the win.  

The Axemen will finish the 2017 AUS regular season in fourth place in the standings with 18 points – four points ahead of Dalhousie and UPEI who will play tomorrow in their last scheduled match of the regular season.  

The winner of tomorrow's UPEI at Dalhousie game will take on the Axemen in quarterfinal play next weekend at the AUS championship hosted by Cape Breton.