(FREDERICTON, NB) In a scrappy affair that featured seven yellow cards, the UNB Varsity Reds and Cape Breton University Capers played to a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoon, at UNB's BMO Centre.
The Capers were on the receiving end of four of the seven yellows, including one in the final minute of play.
Charlie Waters(Lancashire, UK) opened the scoring in the 17th minute, burying a crossing pass in the far corner of the VReds net, giving the Capers a 1-0 lead.
"I saw it coming from the other side, came in from the wing, and obviously gambled that it would go off the back post, which usually results in goals," said Waters.
In the 41st minute, off a corner kick, Robbie Park(Glasgow, SCO) tapped the ball into the Capers goal, in a goal-mouth scramble, to tie it 1-1.
Kalen Park(Calgary, AB) and Dan Walker(Fredericton, NB) played key roles in the Varsity Reds goal. It was Park's corner kick and Walker manager to get above the crowd in front of the Capers net and knock the ball down with a header.
Walker was named the Subway Player of the Game.
"It was either on the line or getting close to the line and Robbie tapped it in," said Walker, of the UNB goal. "They're a tough team, always top three in our league. We went down early, but the boys rallied. We do well at finding that grit, that determination, to find that goal to get even."
UNB now has two draws and a loss in its first three games, but Robbie Park sees momentum building.
"I'm quite excited, because the boys are starting to come together and realizing it's not just technique, we've got to work hard for each other," he said.
As for the scrappy nature of the game, the Capers' Waters feels the mid-September heat might've had something to do with it.
"It was a tough game, they played quite direct," he said. "But the heat, that was something we had to deal with."
The Capers, now 1-0-1, move on to Moncton for a game Sunday.
The Varsity Reds host the St FX X-Men. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:15pm.
RECAP AND PHOTOS BY: Andy Campbell/UNB Athletics