A rocky start to the season saw the UKC women drop their opening match to the visiting Crandall Chargers by a scoreline of 1-2. Playing on a neutral site at Mainland Commons Field, the Chargers took an early lead through a chipped ball from Emilie Arsenault that snuck past King’s keeper Ainslie Nichol-Penman from around 30 yards out. Crandall would double their lead some 21 minutes later when Laine Bennett tapped in a cross in the 41st minute following a counter attack by the Chargers. Switching to a 3-5-2 following halftime, the Blue Devils peppered the Crandall net for most of the second half, recording a whomping 22 shots on net. A breakthrough goal in 73rd minute by striker, Sophie Shepherd spurred the King’s attack onward, though stout defending from the visitors proved enough to see the game conclude 1-2.
Dropping points in a season opener is never ideal, but a fresh batch of home games in the upcoming game week offer opportunities for the UKC Women to right the ship. Visits from the Holland College Hurricanes on Saturday and the Rams of Dal AC on Sunday provide the Blue Devils with a genuine six-point weekend, and a chance to bounce back after a slow start.
vs. Crandall 1-2 Loss
vs. Holland College, 1 p.m. September 17th at Wickwire Field
vs. Dal AC, 1 p.m. September 18th at Wickwire Field
It was a dream start for the Kingsmen on their season opener, cruising to a 4-0 win over the Crandall University Chargers. All four goals came from Blue Devils debutants, with rookies Luke Kotaska (22′), Bradley Mastrangelo (33′), Liam McCara (69′), and Keynan Harvey (81′ Pen) all finding the back of the net in their first appearances. Sporting a 3-5-2 formation, the King’s side moved the ball fluidly across the lines, opening up the Crandall defence and mustering 23 shots on frame to the visitor’s one. A late flurry of cards saw striker Keynan Harvey and centre back Ewan MacKinnon both see yellow cards, before seeing the game out with a clean sheet.
The coming game week sees the Blue Devils host a pair of home matches, beginning with league stalwart Holland College, who finished runner-up in the league last season after losing on penalties in the final. The Sunday fixture will see the Rams of Dal AC, who will be stinging after a narrow 2-3 loss at home to UNBSJ. Should the Kingsmen collect all six points, they stand a good chance of going top of the table ahead of game week three.
vs. Crandall 4-0 Win
vs. Holland College, 3:15 p.m. September 17th at Wickwire Field
vs. Dal AC, 3:15 p.m. September 18th at Wickwire Field