Wednesday night was action-packed with the men’s and women’s soccer teams both, taking on the Crandall University Chargers.
The women kicked off first, coming off a strong 1-0 shutout performance against the University of New Brunswick Saint John Seawolves. They won the game.
The Tommies came out with fire as third-year winger Sarah Hickman netted her first goal of the season from a smooth cross pass from Nikita McCartney.
St. Thomas University’s women kept up the pressure, getting plenty of opportunities, including a breakaway during the last minutes of the half from Moira Kinney. She was unable to capitalize as Chargers goaltender Chelsea Holmes made a sliding save.
The Tommies picked up in the second half right where they left off.
Kinney, looking for her first goal of the season, had another golden opportunity, just inches away from the goal line, but was unable to score.
The match got physical with Hickman going down with an injury, but she stayed in the game. Part way through the second half, St. Thomas was able to strike again. However, the goal was waived off due to an offside call.
It didn’t take long for the Tommies to get it back as Kinney was finally able to get her first goal of the season 77 minutes in off a rebound ball.
The Tommies tried to get another shutout to add to their impressive record, but Crandall’s Megan Smith was able to get a goal in extra time.
The game ended with St. Thomas picking up another win, making them 3-0-1, remaining first in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association.
The men played looking for their first win of the season but came up short.
Both teams played hard in the first half, but the frustration was high as the game remained scoreless going into the second.
The physical play kept up in the second half with Tommie’s Kanye Eustache and Charger’s Ryan Alli getting yellow cards. Both squads were determined for a win.
It wasn’t until 15 minutes into the second half when Crandall’s Matthew Daly scored off a ball that got away from STU goalkeeper Makenzie Hill.
St. Thomas made a late push but were unable to tie the game. They are now 0-2-2, placing them 6th in the ACAA.
The Tommie’s next home games are Oct. 11, as both teams take on the UNBSJ Seawolves at Scotiabank Park.
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