The Dalhousie Tigers were stunned on their home field at the Atlantic University Sport men’s soccer championship.
The second-ranked defending champions were ousted in the semifinals yesterday afternoon at Wickwire Field, falling 4-3 to the fourth-ranked P.E.I. Panthers.
The Panthers jumped out to a 4-1 lead with goals from Jimmie Mayaleh and Ben Paynter in the 75th and 77th minutes and the Tigers were unable to bounce back.
It ended Dalhousie’s sizzling 12-game winning streak at Wickire Field dating back to last September.
“We all had high expectations, but when you get into the playoffs, it’s the old cliché, it’s a whole new season,” said Tigers head coach Pat Nearing. “Credit to P.E.I., they played tough, grind-it-out soccer. We made a good, spirited comeback and if a little luck had gone our way, we might have tied it.”
Dal striker Hamzteh Afani scored his second of the game in the 83rd minute and the Tigers benefited from an own goal in the 87th. Keeper Ben Ur, a second-team all-star, left the game because of injury after allowing the game-winner.
In the other semifinal, the No. 1-ranked Cape Breton Capers defeated the No. 6-ranked Moncton Aigles Bleus 4-3, hanging on after jumping out to a 4-0 lead.
The Capers and Panthers meet in today’s final at 9:30 a.m.
In the women’s championship at St. John’s, N.L., the No. 1-ranked Tigers were ousted 2-1 in overtime on Saturday by the fourth-ranked St. Francis Xavier X-Women. St. F.X. claimed the AUS crown, edging P.E.I. 2-1 on penalty kicks.
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