The third time was the charm for the Dalhousie Tigers against the Cape Breton Capers.
The Tigers, whose only losses this season came in two meetings with Cape Breton, finally triumphed on Sunday, defeating the Capers 3-1 in the Atlantic University Sport women’s soccer final in Sydney to win their second straight championship.
Third-year midfielder Daphne Wallace scored twice for the Tigers and was named most valuable player while Beth O’Rielly had the other goal.
“Everyone came in and worked so hard together,” Wallace said. “All that hard work paid off and it’s the best feeling knowing we’re going to nationals as an AUS champ for the second year in a row. Everybody on the team is so excited.”
The Tigers battled injuries this season but reeled off eight straight wins at the end of the regular season to head into the playoffs as the second seed with a 10-2-1 record.
Tigers head coach Jack Hutchison said the win proves the Tigers weren’t a fluke last year.
“When you come back and do it again, it kind of says, you really were for real, it wasn’t a one-off thing,” Hutchison said. “For everybody, it’s really gratifying to know they put that work in and reaped the benefits of that.”
The Tigers head to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship starting Friday in Victoria, B.C.
The Saint Mary’s Huskies and Tigers both lost in Saturday’s men’s semifinals, with the Huskies falling 1-0 to Cape Breton in double overtime and the Tigers losing 4-3 to the UNB Varsity Reds. Cape Breton beat UNB 2-0 in the final.