The UKC women played only half of their New Brunswick weekend, meeting the UNBSJ Seawolves on Sunday in Saint John after their tilt against St. Thomas postpones following the arrival of hurricane Fiona on Friday evening. A frustrating weekend for the travelling Blue Devils who, despite outshooting the hosts 5-2 in the first half, found themselves trailing 0-1 at the intermission. Seawolves striker, Joce Splitgerber, who had opened the scoring for UNBSJ in the seventh minute, would double the lead midway through the second half, finishing off a pass from Braya Robertson in the 64th minute. The Seawolves would come away with all three points and a clean sheet, seeing out the 2-0 win at home.
Approaching the midway point of the season, the UKC women find themselves sixth in the table with four points, a full two places off the playoff line. The good news is the point distribution in standings is largely top-heavy, with MSVU and UNBSJ both in double digits and Holland College sitting in third with only seven points; a single win ahead of the Blue Devils. A crucial match in the upcoming game week against Crandall University represents a major crossroads for King’s on their journey to a playoff spot. Having dropped points in their home opener in a shock defeat to the visiting Chargers, the replay in Moncton will present as a must-win match for the Blue Devils. Elsewhere, the rescheduling for the postponed match against St. Thomas is well underway, with the ACAA expected to make an announcement in the coming days.
@UNBSJ 0-2 Loss
@Crandall, October 1st, 1 p.m.
A pair of goals from rookie striker, Liam McCara made all the difference for the UKC men, who left Saint John three points richer than they arrived, sinking the UNBSJ Seawolves by scoreline of 2-0. A high press upfield by the Blue Devils in the 27th minute forced an error leading to a tap-in for McCara to open scoring. King’s would add a second goal shortly after halftime, with McCara rocketing the ball into the roof of the net following a UKC set piece. Keeper and captain, Rylan Logan marshalled the back line through the second half to record a clean sheet, despite dropping to 10 men for nearly 10 minutes before the final whistle. A frenzy of yellow cards coloured the UKC team sheet with a total of seven being shown to the Kingsmen. Luke Kotaska, Darien Slawter, Liam McCara, Paul Nanos, Keynan Harvey and Michael Zinck were all cautioned, with Zinck receiving a second yellow in the 83rd minute, resulting in a red and an expulsion from the match.
Having played five matches, the UKC men sit second in the able with 12 points, just a singular point behind league leaders STU and two points ahead of third place Holland College (who have a game in hand). The Blue Devils will next visit Moncton to face the Crandall Chargers in a replay of their home opener. King’s will be without the services of the aforementioned Michael Zinck following his red card against UNBSJ and freshman striker, Keynan Harvey, who is unavailable through yellow card accumulation. Though shorthanded, the Blue Devils will be keen to keep their goal machine firing, having out-scored opponents 11-1 in their past three matches. Elsewhere, the rescheduling for the postponed match against St. Thomas is well underway, with the ACAA expected to make an announcement in the coming days.
@UNBSJ 2-0 Win
@Crandall, October 1st 3:15 p.m.