Huskies down Tigers to advance to championship semifinal versus host Capers

Photo by Vaughan Merchant
Photo by Vaughan Merchant

(SYDNEY, N.S.) The first game of the Subway AUS Men's Soccer Championship, presented by Keep It Social, saw the No. 4 seed Dalhousie Tigers face off against the No. 5 seed SMU Huskies.

The game started off with the Tigers hot, testing SMU keeper Jenson Brown (Enfield, N.S.), who had to make a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Tigers keeper Ben Grondin (Calgary, Alta.) responded with a diving save of his own, to keep the game scoreless early on.  

In the 13th minute Jacob Bolton (Halifax, N.S.) got past the SMU fullbacks and keeper to score the first goal of the game and give Dalhousie a 1-0 lead.

After the goal, SMU had a few opportunities to tie up the match but shots from their strikers went above the net or wide.

A shot from first team AUS all-star Alex Black (Halifax, N.S.) hit the post to keep the game 1-0. 

In the 20th minute however, Black found himself on the stat sheet after finding Tyler Dorey (Dartmouth, N.S.) for the beautiful goal to open up the scoring for SMU and tie the game 1-1.

The second half started off with the Huskies peppering Grondin with shots from every angle. Grondin came up huge for the Tigers, keeping the game tied through regulation.

The Tigers got a breakaway of their own in the 87th minute and Brown had to make back-to-back saves of his own  

Extra time started out rough and tough with Dalhousie getting a great look early but Brown came up with the save.

Saint Mary's darted down the field and got a great cross over to James Spence but Grondin made another breathtaking save. 

After a scuffle in front of the net SMU midfielder Neil Spires (Hubley, N.S.) scored to give SMU the 2-1 lead with a few minutes to go.

That ended up being the game winner as the Huskies took this game 2-1 and advanced to the Friday's semifinals.

Cian Tousignant-Osiadhail was named Subway Player of the Game for the Huskies, while Grondin was named player of the game for the Tigers.

The Huskies now move on to face the defending champion and host Cape Breton Capers tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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