WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Axewomen soccer team concluded the 2017 regular season with a 3-1 win against the visiting UPEI Panthers. Acadia improves to 7-3-2 and third place in the standings, while the Panthers drop to 4-6-1.
Out-shooting UPEI 24-2 with Panther keeper Amanda Stanyer posting 11 saves on 14 shots on goal, the Axewomen dominated the last 45 minutes by scoring all of their goals in the second half.
Team leading scorer Jenna Boudreau scored her fifth goal of the season on a great individual effort at the 52 minute mark.
Twenty-four minutes later, Meghan Earle scored an amazing goal on a bicycle-style kick that thrilled all of those in attendance.
Annie little scored the 'insurance goal' with twelve minutes remaining in the half.
Panther Jennifer Balderston scored with just over two minutes remaining in the game on back-up keeper Nicole McInnis who replaced Spencer Skinner in the second half.
"We had a lot of the play the first half, it was a matter just continue to do the same things. Our locker room was actually great on making sure we focus on the process. We kept creating the chances on goal, but their goalkeeper was excellent," said Acadia head coach Amit Batra following the game when asked what changes were made in the second half.
"It was a complete team effort and a special day for so many of our fourth and fifth year seniors, who played their last game at Raymond Field. The team is so supportive of each other and that was evident pre-game. Great way to finish our season", concluded Batra on his team's efforts.
The Axewomen sit third in the AUS standings with Dalhousie Tigers in fourth – three points behind and a game remaining in their schedule. A win by Dalhousie over visiting UPEI tomorrow, will create a tie between Dalhousie and Acadia. The Axewomen's loss to the Tigers in early September, would settle the possible tie.