X-Men fall to U SPORTS No. 1 ranked Capers

Photo credit Vaughan Merchant
Photo credit Vaughan Merchant

Sydney, NS – The U SPORTS No. 1 ranked CBU Capers defeated the StFX X-Men 3-1 Friday evening in AUS action featuring the top two teams in the conference.

The game started out by CBU coming out firing out of all cylinders. In the fourth minute of the game Charlie Waters (Lancashire, UK) set up Cory Bent (Preston, UK) for a tap in to give the Capers an early 1-0 lead.

CBU wanted to put pressure on the StFX keeper Seamus MacDonald (Antigonish, NS) out of the gate and it worked. The referee was calling a very tight game, not letting anything go.

The Capers seemed to be in control of the game as Bent set up Waters for an open shot but it went wide. The home side then made it 2-0 when Caelan Budhoo (Winnipeg, MB) tried a long ball chip shot and he was successful in finding the back of the StFX net.

Late in the first half the X-Men had a great scoring chance from a direct kick which they capitalized on. After the ball hit off the goalpost, Nick Aquino (Dartmouth, NS) did a great job for StFX tracking it down and putting it past keeper Ben Jackson (Bury, UK) to get the visitors on the scoreboard and make the score 2-1 at halftime.

The second half started with StFX getting a quick shot on net but CBU keeper Jackson made a great sliding save and controlled the ball. After that, the Capers went on the offensive with a great shot by Waters, but another save by Macdonald kept the game at 2-1.

The Capers third goal came in the 51st minute. After StFX cleared the ball, CBU went on a run down the field and as Macdonald came out of the X net to pressure, Budhoo put it past him to score his second goal of the game and give the Capers a two-goal lead.

Waters attempted to increase the lead as he had a great look at the net but shot wide in the 56th minute. Not long after Budhoo had a great look of his own but again the ball went wide after a tip by the keeper Macdonald.

StFX had a great scoring opportunity in the 61st minute but Jackson did a great job rushing the striker to alter the shot and make it go wide.

Budhoo did a great job all game getting scoring chances and with his two-goal effort was awarded the Subway Player of the Game.

Both teams will be back in action this weekend. The Capers will host Memorial in a 3:15 pm game on Saturday, while the X-Women will host the same Memorial squad on Sunday, also at 3:15 pm.


Courtesy Daniel Briand, CBU Athletics