(Halifax, NS) The Dalhousie Tigers beat the UNB Varsity Reds 2-0 in a hard fought, physical affair on Saturday, in Halifax.
UNB had the first shot on goal in the early minutes, coming from Ben Gorringe(Truro, NS), in the 6th minute.
The action really picked up when a scramble ensued in front of the Tigers net, off a UNB corner kick delivered by Diego Padilha(Macelo, BRA). The ball was deflected toward the goal presenting a number of scoring chances, but Tigers keeper TJ Leopold(Bedford, NS) stood strong with the save.
The VReds were busy on offence in the first half, finishing with four more shots on goal, but Leopold was solid. There was also an on-field competition between brothers Quinn Park(Calgary, AB) of the Tigers and UNB's Kalen Park.
The Tigers opened the scoring early in the second half.
A shot from the top of the box was tipped by UNB keeper Evan Barker(Winnipeg, MB). It hit the crossbar and rebounded out to a diving Kallen Heenan(Dartmouth, NS), who headed in the first goal of the match.
Barker later stopped a penalty kick to keep the VReds within a goal.
The Tigers pushed their lead to 2-0 when Tareq Armoush(Halifax, NS) hit a well-placed ball into the corner of the goal.
Being down didn't stop UNB from applying pressure late in the game with more shots coming from Padilha and Alex O'Brien(Charlottetown, PE), but none found the back of the net.
The Subway Player of the Game was Tigers captain Jonathan Doucett(Dartmouth, NS).
The Varsity Reds now prepare for their home opener, on Saturday, September 16th, when they host the CBU Capers in a 3:15pm start.
Dal travels to Acadia for a match on Sunday afternoon.
RECAP BY: Kirk Jessome, for Dal Athletics
PHOTOS BY: Trevor MacMillian, for Dal Athletics