Soccer team goes for gold
By David Sorensen
Jessica Wade surveys the field from her sweeper position.
Jessica Wade will lead the Sea-Hawks soccer team into the Atlantic University Sport championships this weekend and hoping the up-and-down season takes an upturn.
The sweeper is enjoying the most successful season in the four years playing for the Sea-Hawks, with the team receiving a national ranking earlier in the year. However, Ms Wade, a co-captain with Katherine Baker, said she’s disappointed that the team’s losses have been the result of their poor play. The team lost to Cape Breton and St. Francis Xavier last weekend, and now face University of Prince Edward Island on Friday, Nov. 4. A win would send them through to the semi-finals on Saturday and possibly the finals on Sunday, a loss would send them home.
“We know we can compete with them,” said the fourth-year player.
Tourney goes ahead at X. The top two teams get a berth in the Canadian University Sport championship the following weekend.
Ms. Wade said she’ll be happy if the team plays well, whatever the result. “If we give a good game, I’ll be happy.”
As for Ms Wade, she’s been a star on the pitch and in the classroom. She’s been named CIS Academic All-Canadian three straight years and an AUS all-star for the 2004-05 season. She graduated in October with a degree in Behavioural Neuroscience, but is back in school for the rest of the year.
Meanwhile, the men open their tournament as fourth seed and will meet Cape Breton University in quarterfinal action on Friday, Nov. 4. In their only head to head match-up of the season, the Sea-Hawks and Cape Breton came to a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.