ANTIGONISH: Despite the season ending a little sooner than the team had hoped, StFX University Women’s Soccer head coach Graham Kennedy said he is proud of what his team accomplished this year.
The X Women fell 2-0 to the Acadia Axewomen in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) quarterfinal action on home turf last week.
“I’m not disappointed with the results,” he said. “We had a lot of challenges this year. We had four key players who were unable to finish the season. That had a big impact on things.”
Kennedy’s squad lost eight players to graduation last spring and called this a rebuilding year of sorts. Despite this, the X Women earned a winning record and were seeded fifth going into the AUS championships.
“I wouldn’t classify [the season] as a disappointment,” he said. “We did the best we could with what we had in the time we had it. As far as I am concerned, it is on to next year.”
Looking forward to next year, the team is only losing three players. Kennedy said recruiting is going well, with the coach and staff happy with what they are seeing in potential players and returning players.
“I think we’ve got a solid nucleus here and some kids on the periphery who are working really hard and who are going to make improvements,” he said. “I see us as a perennial play-off team with what we’ve got going here right now.”
The Cape Breton Capers were the eventual champions, defeating Acadia in the finals, and will represent the AUS at the upcoming U Sports championships.
“Cape Breton won the league, they won the championship and rightly so,” said the X coach. “I thought they were the best team during the year. Congratulations to them. I think they will be great representatives of the AUS.”