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Brown nets penalty in 2-1 win over Reds

Photo by Trevor MacMillan
Photo by Trevor MacMillan

Game recap by Kirk Jessome

(Halifax, NS) – In Friday evening action, the Tigers women's soccer team hosted the UNB Reds at Wickwire Field. After a scoreless first half, two quick goals pushed the Tigers to a 2-1 win.

The Reds were able to create the first scoring chance of the match early, with Sylvie Fecteau creating space just inside the box and sending a hard strike at Karina Koepke (Kiel, GER), but the Tigers keeper was able to knock it down without a rebound.

The Tigers amped up the attacking pressure after that chance, with time of possession in the attacking third leading to chances from corners.

The best chance of the half came from a great cross off the boot of Riley Donovan (Toronto, ON) to the top of the box for Maya Venkataraman (Summerland, BC), but the strike from the captain was deflected and bounced just wide of the post.

As the official blew for the end of the half, the teams went into the break with the match scoreless.

It didn't take long for the Tigers to break the deadlock in the second half, however, with Rachelle Lalonde (Halifax, NS) getting a great touch on a volley from the top of the box after a deflected corner.

Quickly following up on the first goal, Zoe Brown (Halifax, NS) did a great job to hold possession in the box and earn a penalty for her team. Brown stepped up to the dot and hammered the penalty just inside the left post to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

The Reds were able to generate some pressure off of corners, but it took until the 88th minute for them to finally breakthrough. When a deep goal kick took a bounce through the Tigers back line, Danika Lefebvre (Hanwell, NB) was able to get there first for an easy tip-in to bring her team within one.

Time ran out on the Reds comeback chances in this one, as the final whistle blew and the Tigers came away with the 2-1 victory.  

Zoe Brown earned herself the Subway Player of the Game title for her goal-scoring effort.

The Tigers will hit the road on Sunday and travel to face UPEI, while the Reds will stay in Halifax to take on Saint Mary's tomorrow.