With AUS playoffs approaching, these final two league games were of immense importance to our squad. The second place ranking was up for grabs, and a win over SMU on Wednesday night would have put us in a position to take it; however, two losses this weekend (or even a loss and a tie) could have bumped us down to fourth place, which would mean a considerably rougher road to the AUS final. Needless to say, the past week has been an emotional ride for your lady Tigers…
On Wednesday we face turf rivals, Saint Mary’s, at their home field. After the bitter tie of the week past, we were excited to get another chance to best the Huskies. Unfortunately, a slow start on our side put us on the wrong end of a 1-0 first half, as the Huskies put a header behind Taryn McKenna.
But, as our team has proved time and time again this season, going down a goal was not going to put us out of the game. The second half was a whole new story as we pinned the Huskies in their own end for the majority of it. Rieka Santilli opened the ruthless barrage of shots on the Huskies net, rattling one off the bottom of the crossbar which bounced right on (if not over) the goal line. From this point on the Tigers didn’t quit once. After an effort of intense leadership and passion for 45 minutes, we left the field still down 1-0. I couldn’t be more proud of the character we showed in that second half, and even though none of our efforts came to fruition, I have to believe that when it really counts we’ll be able to pull through later on in playoffs.
Disappointed but not wholly defeated we went into our game on Sunday with full knowledge that it was a do or die game for us. A loss or a tie would put us in a vulnerable position where CBU could take third place and we would be bumped to fourth. Despite a horrible wind, rain, freezing rain, and hail storm we were able to put out an impressive performance against the Acadia Axewomen and rose above the weather to play some nice soccer.
Reika Santilli got her revenge from the near miss at SMU, driving a beautiful lay off pass from Doriana Homerski perfectly into the top corner of the Axewomen’s net! The game finished at 1-0, the last home field victory for your 2011-12 Dalhousie Tigers!
On Thursday morning we’re off to UNB to start playoffs and our first game will be Friday evening, facing off against the host team (UNB Reds). There’s no doubt that we’re hungry for a title this year, hopefully on Monday we’ll come back to Dal with a banner! GO TIGERS!