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Upsets highlight AUS quarter-final soccer action in Sydney

Dalhousie Tigers defender Olivia MacIntyre, left, and University of New Brunswick striker Danika Lefebvre encounter each other during the first half of Thursday’s Atlantic University Sport women’s soccer quarterfinal match at Cape Breton University.
Dalhousie Tigers defender Olivia MacIntyre, left, and University of New Brunswick striker Danika Lefebvre encounter each other during the first half of Thursday’s Atlantic University Sport women’s soccer quarterfinal match at Cape Breton University. - Greg McNeil

No. 6 seed Prince Edward Island, Memorial advance to semifinals in respective conferences

SYDNEY, N.S. —

A pair of upsets highlighted Atlantic University Sport quarter-final soccer action at the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex on Thursday.

In the men’s division, the No. 6 seed Prince Edward Island Panthers edged the No. 3 seed New Brunswick Reds 2-1 in overtime, advancing to the semifinal for the first time since 2015.

Mohammad Jaber scored in regulation time for the Panthers, while team points leader Sam Smiley netted the game-winner in the 91st-minute.

Mathew Quigley had the lone goal for the Reds in the contest.

Brett Strba made seven saves for P.E.I. Evan Barker turned aside two of four shots for New Brunswick.

In the women’s conference, the No. 6 seed Memorial Sea-Hawks downed the No. 3 seed St. Francis Xavier X-Women 2-1 in penalty kicks.

Lauren Taylor found the back of the net in regulation time for the Newfoundland university, while Jamie King was the hero scoring the game-winner in penalty kicks.

Talia Morin had the only goal for the X-Women.

Sydney Walsh made seven saves for Memorial. Alyssa Spridgeon stopped one of two shots for St. Francis Xavier.

X-Women players Shyanne Hedges and Mercy Myles were both given yellow cards during the contest.

The win marks the second time in as many years Memorial has advanced to the semifinal after finishing the year in 6th place. Last year, the Sea-Hawks advanced to the semifinal with a win over the No. 3 seed Dalhousie Tigers.

In other action, in the men’s division, the Saint Mary’s Huskies edged the Dalhousie Tigers 2-1 in overtime, advancing to their first semifinal game since 2013.

Tyler Dorey scored in regulation time for the Huskies, while Neil Spires netted the unassisted game-winner in the 106th-minute.

Jacob Bolton had the lone goal for the Tigers, who finished No. 4 in the league with a 6-2-4 record.

Jensen Brown made five saves for Saint Mary’s. Ben Grondin stopped 10 of 12 shots, including a number of saves late in regulation time.

In the women’s division, the Reds downed the Dalhousie Tigers 3-1.

Clarisse Ramirez, Danika Lefebvre and a Dalhousie own goal was the offense for the Reds, who finished fifth overall in the standings with a 6-4-2 record.

Kaitlyn Woodworth had the lone goal for the No. 4 seed Tigers, who haven’t played in an AUS semifinal since 2013.

Brynn Nash made four saves for New Brunswick. Annabel Gravely turned aside three of six shots for Dalhousie.

Dalhousie led 1-0 at halftime, before New Brunswick replied with three goals in the second half for the victory.

Day 2 of the AUS championship will take place on Friday with the semifinal games on schedule.

In the men’s division, the No. 1 seed Cape Breton Capers will play the No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s Huskies at 2 p.m., while the No. 2 seed St. Francis Xavier X-Men will face the No. 6 seed P.E.I. Panthers at 7 p.m.

In the women’s conference, the No. 1 seed Acadia Axewomen will play the No. 5 seed New Brunswick Reds at 11:30 a.m., while the No. 2 seed Cape Breton Capers will battle the No. 6 seed Memorial Sea-Hawks at 4:30 p.m.

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