The UKC Women enjoyed an extended break from competition after their weekend excursion to Holland College and Dal AC was postponed by inclement weather. Restarting midweek in Halifax against local rivals MSVU, King’s recorded their first loss of the season, dropping a 0-1 match to the visiting Mystics. The lone goal was netted by MSVU’s Annabelle Lendrum-Harnish in the 32nd minute. While the ultimate result leaves the Blue Devils disappointed, a marked improvement in the second half following the conceded goal demonstrates Gary Carter’s squad’s ability to rally when down, with several chances to equalize in the second half resulting in narrow misses.
With the MSVU loss from midweek still fresh in their minds, UKC spent a short weekend on the road in Moncton with a Saturday visit to Crandall University. An entirely one-sided affair, King’s coasted to a 3-0 win with rookie strike, Georgia Gavas netting twice, along with sophomore left back Trinity Adams rounding out the scoresheet with her first goal for the Blue Devils.
After four matches, the UKC Women are squarely in the playoff race, sitting in third with nine points, three points back from an undefeated Holland College in second place, and six back from the undefeated MSVU Mystics, who also have played an additional match. A trio of road games in the coming gameweek is the next test for the UKC Women with a Wednesday night trip to Dal AC and a swing through New Brunswick to play UNBSJ and St. Thomas, representing a critical nine points ahead of the Thanksgiving break.
vs. MSVU, 0-1 Loss
@Crandall, 3-0 Win
@Dal AC, Wednesday, September 27th, 6pm
@UNBSJ, Saturday, September 30th, 2pm
@St. Thomas, Sunday, October 1st, 12pm
The winning streak continues for Jamie McGinnis and co. who cruised to a pair of wins over Halifax rivals MSVU and, in Moncton, the Crandall University Chargers. Starting midweek at Mainland Commons against MSVU, the UKC Men spent the bulk of the game behind, giving up a goal in the first half as the Mystic’s Aidan Whelan scored in the 22nd minute, converting a Logan O’Connell assist. King’s would chase the game for nearly an hour before Mikey Zinck equalized from the penalty spot in the 75th minute for the Blue Devils. The subsequent 15 minutes revealed the true potency of the UKC attack when left unencumbered. Strikers Luke Kotaska and Keynan Harvey combined to score three times in 13 minutes, with the pair assisting one another, and a second goal from Harvey being assisted by midfielder Coleton Walker. The Blue Devils amped up to finish with a commanding 4-1 win.
It was an equally fruitful trip to Moncton for the Kingsmen, who managed a 2-0 win at Crandall University. Scoreless at halftime, rookie winger Andrew McKenna opened his account for the Blue Devils with a goal in the 54th minute, which was doubled up 15 minutes later by sophomore striker Liam McCara.
Four matches in, the Kingsmen sit tied for second in the ACAA alongside Holland College with 10 points each. League leaders, St. Thomas, are just a point north of the Blue Devils and Hurricanes at 11 points, but, crucially, have played an additional match. Amongst a busy gameweek, the UKC Men have circled their Sunday fixture against STU in Fredericton as a key opportunity to move up in the standings and win the head-to-head match against the Tommies.
vs. MSVU, 4-1 Win
@Crandall, 2-0 Win
@Dal AC, Wednesday, September 27th, 8:15pm
@UNBSJ, Saturday, September 30th, 4:15pm
@St. Thomas, Sunday, October 1st, 2:15pm