(Fredericton, NB) The St. Thomas University Tommies handed the University of King's College Blue Devils their third straight loss, 1-0 at Scotiabank Park South.
The first half saw both teams standing tall defensively, as we didn't have a goal in the opening 45 minutes.
"We had been talking about how good our defensive line has been, in particular our defensive midfielders and centre backs," said head coach Michelle DeCourcey about her team's defensive style. "They really haven't given up much in the danger zone, and they have definitely played a big role in our three shutouts.
The second half had UKC running out of the gate. If not for the efforts of keeper, Kianna Laurin (Ottawa, ON), the Tommies would have found themselves down 1-0 early on.
"That was awesome," said DeCourcey about her two rookies. "I was asking the team to the play the ball on the ground and they put in the effort to make that goal happen.
"Abbey and Phoebe [van der Meulen] will have to step up and fill in that striker role in the absence of Nikita [McCartney]," added DeCourcey.
The Tommies will be on the road in Saint John on Friday for a date with the Seawolves, and the Blue Devils will host the Holland College Hurricanes on Saturday.