(Nicole Fergusson kicks the ball up the field during game action with the Holland College Hurricanes. (Submitted photo).)
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI: The Holland College Hurricanes women’s soccer team have captured the Atlantic Collegiate AThletic Association (ACAA) soccer championship, and a Lockview High graduate played a role in helping them achieve that.
During the regular season, Nicole Fergusson, of Fall River, in her rookie campaign with the Hurricanes, played in all 12 of the team’s games, starting nine of the contests.
She scored four goals and assisted on another for nine points (players get two points per goal). She had five shots on goal.
In the ACAA tournament championship, the Hurricanes nipped the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics 1-0 in extra time to win the ACAA Women’s Soccer Championship.
The game was scoreless at the end of regulation as a result of the stalwart defence by both quads and the spectacular goaltending by the two keepers. Darby Myers scored the winning goal with a low one-timer shot that went in off the left post.
Holland College picked up a 4-0 shutout over the University of New Brunswick (Saint John) in the semi-final to earn a place in the final and await the winner of the MSVU and University of Kings College semi-final. MSVU earned a 1-0 victory in that game.
That setup the final, and eventually Myers’ heroics to see her team grab the sought after ACAA banner and championship trophy, but most importantly punch their ticket to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships.
Fergusson and the Hurricanes advanced to the CCAA National Championship, which were held Nov. 9-12, 2016 at Ahunstic College in Montreal, Quebec.
In their opening game in Montreal, the Hurricanes, ranked eighth in the tournament, lost 8-1 to top ranked Garneau Elans. Briar Roberts had the lone HC tally, while Sabrina Molnar was named the Hurricanes player of the game.
On Nov. 10, in the Canes second game of the nationals, they faced GPRC Wolfpack, who lost 1-0 on penalty kicks in their opener.