Coming off a win against the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Panthers, the Mount Allison Varsity men’s soccer team was looking to build momentum as they took on the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds (UNB) and the Dalhousie Tigers (DAL) in back to back action this weekend. Despite some positive play, especially against DAL, the Mounties lost both games and fell to a 1-3 overall this season.
On Saturday the men travelled to Fredericton where they were blanked three to zero by a strong UNB squad, who were unbeaten at the time before a loss to the University of Moncton Aigles Bleus. The Mounties allowed a penalty kick thirteen minutes into the game before allowing another goal at the twenty-seven minute mark. Mt. A was unable to claw itself back into the game, and eventually fell 3-0.
After a loss to Acadia last week, striker Bradley Joseph talked about how the team “put it behind [them] and went to UPEI with a new mindset and strategy which allowed [them] to gain a well deserved win.” A similar situation played itself out again the following week, as the Mounties looked to put the loss to UNB behind them as they took on the Tigers the day after for the home opener at MacAulay Field.
For the second straight game the Mounties suffered an early penalty. A hand ball in the box three minutes into play allowed for an early penalty shot. DAL scored another one only eight minutes later on what many thought should have been an offside call. Federico Mora added a goal only two minutes later.
Unfortunately that was all the scoring that would occur in the match. Mt. A pressed late and had a good chance off a free kick. This had the Mountie fans screaming for a penalty kick, but the referee did not bother with the complaint. It was a good effort for the Mounties who matched the level of play by the Tigers. You can catch the Mounties next week as they take on Memorial University at 1 pm on MacAulay Field.