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End of season analysis

Wow, the first semester is nearly over. Four Dal Tiger varsity teams completed their seasons this semester, here is a recap of how they did.   Women’s soccer  The previous season they finished third in the league and only gave up seven goals in 12 games. With many players returning, the expectation was that they were…

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Keeping clean sheets

Second-year goalkeeper Ben Grondin has eight shutouts in 10 regular season games. The Dalhousie University Tigers men’s soccer team has been scored on only six times in 11 games this regular season. One of the main reasons for their success has been the team’s new starting goalkeeper, Grondin.  “He’s really embraced the role, and he…

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Controlling midfield

Photo of Maya Venkataraman and Rachelle Lalande.

Maya Venkataraman and Rachelle Lalande are leading the Tigers from midfield.  Both players are tied with strikers Sofia Nicolls and Jensen Hudder for the women’s soccer team’s lead in points with four.   “Both of them have great work ethic,” says Cindy Tye, the team’s head coach. “Maya is a catalyst for attack while Rachelle is…

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Quiet confidence

For those who aren’t too familiar with soccer, they may have been surprised to find out who Dalhousie University’s women’s soccer team’s Most Valuable Player was last season.   It wasn’t rookie sensation Kate Fines or a flashy offensive player. It was fourth-year defender Taylor Goodwin. A player that’s hard to recognize as an extremely talented…

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The captain’s mentality

The way last year’s men’s soccer season ended for the Dalhousie Tigers wasn’t fun for anybody.   Going into October, the team was in a comfortable position heading into the final month of the season. Then they lost five straight games during that month to fall out of the playoffs.   If there were any positives from…

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Dalhousie Playoffs

Through late October and early November, some Dalhousie teams saw their teams’ seasons come to an end for another year. The Dal Gazette recaps how the playoffs went for the Tigers who are hanging up their jerseys for now.  Cross-Country by Josh Young, Sports Editor Both Dalhousie cross-country teams finished the championship races with identical…

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Biggest weekend of the season

This weekend is an important one for the Dalhousie soccer teams. With two games remaining in the regular season, both teams have a chance to clinch a playoff spot. The top six teams in the 10 team league qualify for playoffs which are held from November 2-5 at Cape Breton for the men and StFX…

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Kate Fines rookie season better than fine

First year goalkeeper, Kate Fines, is entering the second half the Dalhousie University soccer season with five shutouts under her belt, and a 0.29 goals against average. The Dalhousie Tigers women’s soccer team has played seven games this season: winning four, losing two and tying one. For all 630 minutes of play, Fines has been…

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The value of experience

No matter how hard you try in practice, you can’t replicate game experience. Four first-year members of the Tigers women’s soccer team were able to pick up some of that valuable experience when they suited up for team Nova Scotia at the Canada Games this summer. “Yeah that’s definitely a unique experience,” says Tigers’ Head…

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Women’s soccer team win first game

The young Dalhousie women’s soccer team won their first game of the season, 2-0, at home against the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds. With seven rookies on the team, the Tigers’ win was partly due to establishing a program where new players can be brought in, ready to contribute to the team’s success. “The…

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