The Mounties salvaged a draw against the Sea-Hawks.
After the Mount Allison varsity men’s soccer team suffered a 4-1 loss to St. Francis Xavier (St. FX) on Saturday, they knew they had to bounce back strong against the Memorial University (MUN) Sea-Hawks on Sunday at home. The Mounties did just that, as they opened the scoring within the first two minutes on a goal from Connor McCumber.
Mt. A played a strong first half, until some controversy broke out. A handball was called in the Mounties box right before the ball was put in the net. The goal was waved off as a penalty was issued. Greg McGuire made a phenomenal save, but the referees said he jumped early, causing a redo that MUN striker Jordi Slaney capitalized on as the game went to half time.
The second half saw little action until the seventieth minute, when Sea-Hawk Stefan Slaney netted one in on a direct free kick. The final minutes were tense ones for the Mounties as they tried to pull even, with several calls by the officials having the fans screaming. Luckily for the Mounties, Kevin Seely was able to chip one past the keeper in the eighty-first minute and the Mounties finished with a 2-2 draw.
Overall, a solid effort to come from behind against some shady calls. Ian Smith, who played several positions that day, said, “[the team] fought hard and knew that we had to come out of the game with at least something to show for it. Kevin’s goal came just in time and I think if we had just a little longer to play we could have gotten one more.”
The Men will look to build off their draw as they take on Moncton and Cape Breton this weekend. Catch the Mounties on the field this Sunday at 315 pm.
Owen Beamish is a Sports contributor for The Argosy.