X-Women tie 2-2 with Panthers

Photo credit UPEI Sports Information
Photo credit UPEI Sports Information

Charlottetown, PE - The UPEI Panthers earned a valuable point in a 2-2 draw against the StFX X-Women Sunday afternoon.

The Panthers (2-4-3) feel they missed an opportunity to get more than a single point in the standings after surrendering an early 2-0 advantage in the game.

"I felt we played well enough to get the three points, but we didn't lose the game and it keeps us in the race," said Panthers head coach Graeme McDonald, whose team is in seventh place and three points out of a playoff spot.

The X-Women (4-1-4) with 16 points, currently sit tied for third place with Dalhousie.

The visitors had the first great chance of the half when Mercy Miles created some space and fired a shot off the cross bar just seven minutes in.

Following that scare, the Panthers went to work and took advantage of the howling wind. In the 12th minute, centre back Danielle Younker booted the ball from 35 yards out over keeper Emma Kuzmyk for the game's opening goal.

"I was open, I got the ball and I was in range, so I just shot for the net, hoped for it to go in and it did," said Younker, who was named Subway Player of the Game.

Lauren Clark stunned the X-Women with another goal just two minutes later on a solid strike from 30 yards out.

But the savvy StFX squad wasn't going down that easily and got a goal back in the 16th minute when Amanda Smith got one past Panthers keeper Amanda Stanyer off a feed from Mercy Myles.

Now that the X-Women had the wind on their side after the break, the offence began to pressure the Panthers defence and at the 62nd minute Kelsey Ellis tied the game on a low shot that the diving Stanyer could do nothing about.

"We slipped up a little bit and they capitalized on our mistakes," Younker said. "It would've been better if we got the three points, but we're still happy with one."

The Panthers look to grab some much-needed points on the road next weekend when they take on the Acadia Axewomen (Oct. 20) and Dalhousie Tigers (Oct. 21).

The X-Women have a single game against Cape Breton on Oct. 19th in Sydney.


Courtesy Thomas Becker, UPEI Sports Information