A lone match in the midweek ahead of Thanksgiving saw the UKC women pick up a crucial point against city rivals MSVU in a scoreless match at Harbour East Field in Dartmouth. A back-and-forth affair, both sides enjoyed spells of possession, but were collectively unable to break the deadlock across 90 minutes. King’s keeper, Rebecca Florean, and the UKC back line will celebrate a clean sheet against the league leaders, who in two matches have only registered a single goal against the Blue Devils. Elsewhere extended break has been a blessing for the King’s Women, who will welcome back centre back Ally Brien who rejoined training following an injury.
With five matches remaining, the post-season fate of the King’s women is still not resolved. Sitting sixth in the standings, Gary Carter’s squad is a full two positions adrift of the top four. The point tallies paint a more optimistic picture however. The Blue Devils (eight pts) trail fourth place Holland College by only three points, and are only four points off third seeded St. Thomas, who have a game in hand. Furthermore, STU and UKC are yet to play this season, with the previously scheduled trip to Fredericton by the Blue Devils rescheduled in light of Hurricane Fiona. In many way, the UKC women are in the perfect position to capitalize ahead of playoffs. The upcoming game week will see King’s travel first to Prince Edward Island to visit Holland College for a Saturday afternoon match, before trekking to Fredericton to play St. Thomas on Sunday. TA pair of good results from this excursion, the King’s could find themselves back in the playoff saddle heading into the final stretch of the season.
vs. MSVU 0-0 Draw
@Holland, October 15th, 1 p.m.
@St. Thomas, October 16th, 12 p.m.
A Derby Day classic between the UKC and MSVU men who drew 3-3 in a thrilling match at Harbour East Field in Dartmouth. The Mount leapt out to an early 2-0 lead following goals from Waris Atiquillah and Tyler Graves in the 16th and 23rd minutes respectively. King’s would score, equalize, and eventually take the lead through the efforts of rookie striker, Keynan Harvey who recorded a hat-trick, scoring the in 31st, 49th, and 53rd minutes to put the Blue Devils back ahead of their rivals. MSVU would equalize late via Luc Adriopoulos, restoring the deadlock in the 78th minute.
The Kingsmen find themselves squarely in the playoff race, sitting 2nd in the standings, tied with Holland College on 16 points. The upcoming road trip to Holland and league leaders, St. Thomas represents an opportunity for the youthful Blue Devils make major waves in the table and prime themselves ahead of the postseason push. The return of Rylan Logan into net following club nationals last week will provide greater insurance at the back, while the Thanksgiving rest period will have provided much needed recovery time for a number of players nursing knocks.
vs. MSVU 3-3 Draw
@Holland, October 15th, 3:15 p.m.
@St. Thomas, October 16th, 2:15 p.m.