Men’s soccer team pick up crucial win

(Alex Solak/For the AQ)

The St. Thomas University men’s soccer Tommies beat the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Rams 2-0 in the first of their final two games at home this season.

Liam Clarke scored his third goal of the season in the 23rd minute, when he headed the ball into the back of the net coming off a corner kick from Craig Draper. In the 71st minute, Craig Draper buried one into the back of the net off a penalty kick.

It was a hard fought game, never really showing too much favour to one side or the other. However, STU managed to capitalize on some of their opportunities, while NSAC was shut out due to the defensive efforts of the back line and keeper Marc Gagnon.

Gagnon has played solid all year only allowing 5 goals in the 9 games they’ve played. Today was no different as he added another shutout to his list.

Tommies coach, Darren Cann, used the game on Saturday to show the depth of the team. Liam Clarke, the captain of the team, was excited to lead the team on the field.

“It’s a good test to get some players out on the field and see what we could do, show the depth of the team,” he said

The two sides battled hard for 90 minutes. Clarke described the game as “scrappy,” but was proud of the team on their big win.

After winning Saturday’s game STU has put themselves at the top of the rankings with Holland College.

Playoffs for the STU men’s start next Saturday at UNBSJ.

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