This past weekend the Dalhousie Tigers Men’s Soccer team travelled out of province for games against L’Université de Moncton and the University of New Brunswick. The previous weekend, the Tigers boasted a 1-1 record, losing 1-0 to UPEI and winning 1-0 over Mount Allison. L’Aigles Bleus of Moncton came into the weekends match with a 1-0 victory over the Mount Allison Mounties under their belts. While, the UNB Varsity Reds had an identical record to the Tigers, 1-1, trading victories in a 2 game series at Memorial University.
First up for the Tigers was Moncton on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers were once again without Captain Kerry Weymann due to injury. Weymann did not travel with the team for the weekend games, staying back in Halifax to nurse the injury. Wesley Hawley once again filled in for Weymann at centreback while transfer Phil Parsons was given his first start, after clearing eligibility mid-week, in the midfield alongside Nate Rogers. The Tigers started the game well against L’Aigles Bleus and early pressure showed as winger Mark Hagen was put through one v one with the keeper but disappointingly mishit his shot. 2nd year striker Tyler Lewars was showing his determination to get himself on the scoreboard with multiple chances throughout the half. He finally managed to put one into the back of the net when he played a great wall pass with Nate Rogers who slipped the ball back to Lewars sending him in on goal for an easy finish beyond the Moncton keeper. Moncton did manage to create a chance at the stroke of half but could not put it behind Captain Ben Ur. Midway through the second half a lapse in the Tigers back line allowed the Moncton striker to get behind the line and was deemed to have been fouled. After disputing with the linesman, a penalty kick was given and taken advantage of, levelling the score at 1-1. The Tigers continued to pressure the Moncton defense, trying desperately to get a second goal. Ben Ur had some great distribution out of his hands all game long kickstarting the counter attacks. Moncton had an opportunity to take the lead when they saw a point blank shot hit the crossbar and fly to safety. The Tigers then went on the attack and managed to win a corner deep into the second half. New recruit Bezick Evraire-Chance headed the ball across the line for the game winner and his first ever AUS goal. Strong midfield play was a key aspect to Dalhousies game. The addition of Phil Parsons was an evident success as he was strong defensively all game and allowed Evraire-Chance and Rogers the chance to play more freely.
Starting Line-up: Ben Ur (GK), Jordan Mannix (WB), Nick Persichino (CB), Wesley Hawley (CB), Zach Fisher(WB), Nate Rogers(CM), Phil Parsons(CM), Bezick Evraire-Chance(CM), Mark Hagen (WM), Julian Perrotta(WM), Tyler Lewars (ST)
On Sunday the Tigers travelled to the University of New Brunswick for a game against the Varsity Reds. Striker Tyler Lewars picked up a 3rd yellow card and an injury on Saturday so he played no role in the game. With Lewars out, coach Pat Nearing handed a first career start to new recruit Robbie Engert. Coach Nearing also gave back-up goalie Jason Ross his first start in the AUS leaving Captain Ben Ur out of the line-up. With Kerry Weymann and Ben Ur both not in the starting eleven, 3rd year Nate Rogers was given the Captains armband. The Tigers got off to a flier scoring at the 1:20 mark. Captain Rogers collected the ball off of a throw-in and slipped winger Julian Perrotta in behind the defenders for a tap-in and his first goal since his rookie year with the Tigers. Dalhousie were on the attack from that moment on and dominated the possession, most importantly, in the attacking third. They created many good scoring chances from corner kicks and free-kicks almost scoring on many of them. Striker Robbie Engert put in a really good performance working hard all game and causing the UNB backline extra stress with all his running and closing down. The Tigers managed to put the game beyond reach when Nate Rogers made a nice tackle in the middle of the park stripping the UNB midfielder. He then slipped Perrotta in behind the backline again who slid the ball into the back of the net for his second of the day and season. Coach Pat Nearing then sent the UNB commentators for a loop when he introduced Ben Ur into the game as a Striker. Lucky for UNB he never did get a chance to shoot, as anybody who has seen Ur kick a ball knows that there would be a strong chance of a goal. The Tigers won 2-0 with 1st year keeper Jason Ross collecting the shutout in his very first AUS appearance.
Starting Line-up: Jason Ross (GK), Mannix (WB), Nick Persichino (CB), Wesley Hawley (CB), Zach Fisher (WB), Bezick Evraire-Chance (CM), Phil Parsons (CM), Nate Rogers (CM), Mark Hagen (WM), Julian Perrotta (WM), Robbie Engert (ST)
The Dalhousie Tigers Mens soccer team collected 6 points improving their season record to 3-1 and showed that they are now contenders in the AUS league after a shaky opening weekend. With a much improved midfield the Tigers created a lot more attacking chances. Centre midfielder Phil Parsons had this to say about the weekend, “The games went well. Improvements were definitely noticeable from the first game to the second, especially in the way we moved the ball through the midfield. It’s always nice to come home with 2 W’s after 2 games on the road.” The Tigers are back at Wickwire next Saturday for a match against early league leaders Cape Breton University who come into town after a 9-1 skinning of Acadia University improving their record to 3-0 to start the season.