FREDERICTON, NB – The U SPORTS No. 5 Acadia Axewomen got a pair of goals from fifth-year striker Jenna Boudreau (Halifax, NS) to beat the UNB Reds 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Boudreau scored in the 34th and 54th minutes.
“We knew coming in that UNB was a really tough team,” said Boudreau. “They’re really strong offensively and they did well defensively, they were disciplined and gave us a really good game.”
The Reds took an early 1-0 lead when Sylvie Fecteau (Moncton, NB) converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute.
The penalty came after Abby Sullivan (Orleans, Mass.) was taken down in the 18-yard box by Axewomen keeper Sarah Charnock (Newmarket, ON). Charnock was given a yellow card on the play as well.
Boudreau brought the visitors even when she was left alone in front of the UNB net and tapped a crossing pass by Reds keeper Brynn Nash (Saskatoon, SK).
The two teams went into the half tied 1-1.
“That was the first time we’d been down all season,” said Boudreau. ” I think it was good for us, in a way, to feel like that.”
Boudreau scored her second just after half-time, tapping a loose ball past a sprawling Nash.
The Reds pressed late but couldn’t find the equalizer.
“It comes from the team,” said Boudreau, of her two-goal effort. “It comes from our midfielders, it comes from our defenders playing it through to our midfielders. I can’t take all the credit. They are team efforts and I was just there to put them in.”
“I’m disappointed with the loss, for sure,” said Reds head coach Jon Crossland. “Much like most of our losses this season, I’m not overly disappointed with the effort. I thought we performed fairly well, especially the first 25 minutes of the game, I thought we took it to them and they had to answer some questions.”
The Axewomen are now 7-0-1 and see their next action on Wednesday when they visit Dalhousie.
The Reds, now 3-4-1 are in Charlottetown on Sunday to face the UPEI Panthers. Game time is 3:00 pm.
RECAP BY: Andy Campbell/UNB Athletics
PHOTOS BY: James West/for UNB Athletics