The UKC Women’s team went 1-1-1 in recent matches, moving to third in the playoff table. In, their October 7 mid-week match against cross-town rivals, MSVU, the Blue Devils took an early lead in the 6th minute via a Rebecca Dupuis free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. King’s would see out the first half, before conceding shortly after halftime in the 47th minute with a solo goal from MSVU’s Esja Marr. A Mystics corner in the 66th minute would lead to the match’s decisive goal, with MSVU’s Ally Seamone firing in a goal from close range and sealing the 2-1 win for the Mount.
Enjoying a weekend off for the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Blue Devils would not see action again until travelling to New Brunswick to face the University of New Brunswick-Saint John and St. Thomas University. Beginning in Saint John, King’s scored the match’s only goal on a header from winger, Anna Dugandzic at the hour mark. Heroics in net from keeper Rebecca Florean allowed the Blue Devils to protect the 1-0 lead and come away with the full 3 points. In the second leg of their road trip in Fredericton, The Blue Devils and St. Thomas Tommies played to a 0-0 stalemate. With another strong defensive performance, the Blue Devils finished the weekend with consecutive clean sheets on the road.
With two regular season games remaining, King’s has cemented a playoff berth in the Halifax-based tournament set for October 30-31. However, with 6 points still up for grabs in a top-heavy table where a mere 5 points separate first from fourth, the Blue Devils will be eager to maximize their remaining fixtures heading into the post-season tournament. King’s next face Mount Saint Vincent University away on October 23 at 1 p.m., before hosting Crandall on October 24 at 12 p.m.
vs. MSVU 1-2 Loss
@ UNBSJ 1-0 Win
@ STU 0-0 Draw
A difficult run of fixtures saw the UKC Men’s team go 0-3-0 and leave them 5th in the standings, now squarely out of the playoff race. Beginning with a home match against MSVU, King’s struggled to find the back of the net, despite out-shooting their Halifax nemesis 8-6. Goals conceded late in each half (41st and 86th minutes) resulted in a 0-2 defeat.
With their playoff hopes on the line, King’s next travelled to Saint John to face the UNBSJ Seawolves. Entering the match in 5th, the Blue Devils needed the crucial 3 points to overtake the 4th place Seawolves. The day proved disappointing for the Halifax side, who finished down 1-4, with the lone goal coming from winger Nolan Bradley. With post-season potential dashed, King’s entered the weekend’s second match with nothing on the line. Their second outing against the Tommies proved less damaging than the first, though King’s still found themselves down on the scoresheet by a score of 0-3.
With no playoffs on the table, the Blue Devils have a unique opportunity to experiment with their roster and formation. The bulk of the roster are still in their first ACAA campaign and the King’s coaching staff will begin to look ahead to next year and the continued development of their young players. In their final two matches of the year, King’s visit MSVU on October 23 at 1 p.m., and host Crandall on October 24 at 2:15 p.m.
vs. MSVU 0-2 Loss
@ UNBSJ 1-4 Loss
@ STU 0-3 Loss