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MUN soccer star Jessie Noseworthy finishes tops in Atlantic scoring

A star forward on Memorial University's Seahawks women's soccer team has finished the regular season as the top scorer in Atlantic Canada.

Seahawks player Noseworthy scored 14 goals and nine assists in 12 games

Jessie Noseworthy and coach Mike Power were in studio with the St. John's Morning Show Tuesday to discuss the team's successful season. (Lukas Wall/CBC)

After a successful year on the pitch, a star forward on Memorial University's Seahawks women's soccer team has finished the regular season as the top scorer in Atlantic Canada.

Jessie Noseworthy, a fourth-year nursing student, wrapped up the season with a total of 14 goals and nine assists in 12 games, leading MUN to a second place finish behind Cape Breton University.

Noseworthy credits her team for her success on the field.

"I think a lot of it has to do with my teammates and they're really making my job easier, putting in a lot of assists and a lot of crosses," she said.

Now that we've had two years to work together, I think that the chemistry is certainly tighter.- Coach Mike Power

Despite her success through the whole long, the highlight of Noseworthy's season came recently with a win over Acadia.

"I think it's been four years since we've played Acadia and won, since I've been on the team, so it was really nice to get that win leading into playoffs," she told CBC's St. John's Morning Show.

MUN forward Jessie Noseworthy led her team, and league, in scoring. (Courtesy MUN Dept. of Athletics)

Noseworthy said some extra summer training and improved fitness also helped her on the pitch, something Seahawks coach Mike Power agrees with.

"I think we're a little bit more prepared this season than probably we were the previous [season]," said Power.

"The girls put in quite the offseason when it comes to training and fitness."

New advantages

Getting good preseason competition was important, as well, Power said. The team travelled to Montreal in August to face three university teams in preparation.

"That was an advantage we never had in the past," said Power.

"By the time the AUS [Atlantic University Sport] season started, we were nearing top form rather than just coming out of the blocks."

Noseworthy potted 14 goals in 12 games. (Courtesy MUN Dept. of Athletics)

There were some changes last season — Power's first as coach — but he said there is good momentum building with the team's local talent.

"Now that we've had two years to work together, I think that the chemistry is certainly tighter," said Power.

The Atlantic University Sport playoffs are set to begin with two quarter-final matches on Thursday, but the Seahawks don't play until Friday.

As second place finishers, the team earned a bye straight to the semi-finals and will play the highest ranked remaining team after Thursday's matches.

With files from the St. John's Morning Show

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