Both teams advanced to their respective P.E.I. School Athletic Association senior AAA soccer finals.
The Axewomen, finalists last year, picked up a 4-0 semifinal win against the host Westisle Wolverines on a cold, damp Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, the Axemen also recorded a road shutout – 3-0 over the first-place Bluefield Bobcats.
With the wind to their backs, the Axewomen built up a 3-0 first-half lead.
Paige Deighan scored in the sixth and 25th minutes, and Taylor Gillis scored in the 30th minute. A long free kick by Nikki Arsenault 14 minutes into the second half cemented the win.
“The wind definitely was a factor, but the girls worked really hard,” said Axewomen coach Sara McKenna. “They played really good as a team, and we’re getting ready to make a championship run.”
McKenna said her team adjusted its game to account for the wind. She felt the first half momentum helped carry them through in the second half.
The teams tied in the standings with eight points, but Westisle gained home-field advantage for the semifinal due to a 2-0 regular-season win.
Didn’t take advantage
Westisle co-coach Brian Allain said his team didn’t take advantage of the weather conditions, especially in the second half, when they had the wind advantage. “In a game like that, too, momentum is a wonderful thing,” said Allain. “We had a couple of chances.
“If we had scored to tie it 1-1, it’s a completely different game.” But he said Three Oaks were the better team in the semifinal.
“They finished their opportunities,” added Westisle co-coach Lincoln Rix.
McKenna suggested Arsenault was the Axewomen’s best player Wednesday. Arsenault said the team really wanted the win.
“We lost to them last time, so this was a challenge for us,” she said. “We made it to the gold medal game last year and we really wanted to get back there again.
“There are a lot of seniors on our team, and this would be the last time we play (together), so we wanted to play in the gold-medal game.”
At the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall, Garrett Reid, Owen Hall and Jordan Arsenault scored for the Axemen.
“The conditions weren’t ideal for soccer, it was wet and rainy,” said Axemen head coach Greg McGuire. “The boys played hard for a full 90 minutes, got a relatively early goal and were able to score two more.”
The Axemen will face Charlottetown Rural in the final.