Redmen bounce Citadins in 111th season opener
Midfielder Henri Ashe-Taylor, a freshman from the United
Kingdom, scored the winner as No.5-ranked McGill blanked the
Université du Québec à Montréal 1-0 in men's soccer before a crowd
of 452 at Percival Molson Stadium, Thursday.
It officially marked the 111th season opener for the 118-year old McGill club, which began playing in 1894 but did not compete for four years during the First World War and missed another four years due to a University-wide funding crisis in the early 1970s.
The Redmen had a 15-8 advantage in shots toward net as French citizen Max Leblond, a first-year transfer from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, made three saves in the McGill net to collect his first official shutout in CIS play.
Ashe-Taylor, a management major out of Eton College in London, broke UQAM 'keeper Gabourd Fenelon's bid for a shutout with a rifle shot at the 40-minute mark. Fenelon, who got a piece of the ball but couldn't deflect it away from the net, ended up with five saves in a losing cause.
The Redmen, who improve to 1-0 in the RSEQ soccer conference, will travel to Quebec City to play Laval on Sunday at 1 p.m., while UQAM (0-1) will host Sherbrooke at the same time. Laval opens their season at Sherbrooke on Saturday.