The StFX X-Women (1-0), powered by four goals in the first 26 minutes of the opening half, scored a 6-2 victory over the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues (0-1) to start the AUS regular season Saturday afternoon at Oland Stadium.
Sophomore midfielder Chloe Brennan (Brookside, NS), the Subway player of the match, put the X-Women on the scoreboard in the second minute, converting a set-up from midfielder Margaux Fraser (Mississauga, ON). Brennan took three touches before depositing a shot behind Aigles Bleues goalkeeper Catherine Poirier (Caraquet, NB) from the top of the six-yard box.
In the fifth minute, Amy Rowe (Aurora, ON) capitalized on a corner kick from fellow freshman Erica van Wyk (Kanata, ON) to give the X-Women at 2-0 advantage.
Fraser extended the blue-and-white lead to 3-0 in the 16th minute on a helper from Chloe Brennan.
Freshman Season Brennan (Westville, NS) capped the four-goal first-half surge in the 26th minute. She took a feed from rookie forward Kelsey Ellis (Ottawa, ON) off her chest before chipping it over a couple defenders and ripping a volley into the top corner behind Poirier.
The first quality chance of the second half came off the foot of Ellis, who booted a hard shot off the crossbar.
Chloe Brennan broke down the left side in the 50th minute, making a pass to Ellis, but Poirier made a stellar point-blank save.
Poirier made another great stop in the 65th minute off X-Women junior forward Logan Lee-Knight (Calgary, AB).
In the 67th minute, Alexandra Maltais (Campbellton, NB), the Moncton player of the match, took a through ball and split a pair of X-Women defenders before lofting a high shot over goalkeeper Nicole MacDonald (Kanata, ON), who was able to get a piece of the ball with her left hand, to cut the lead to 4-1.
In the 73rd minute, senior forward Mary MacDonald (Kingston, ON) took advantage of a Moncton turnover, depositing a shot from the 18-yard box into an open net.
In the 78th minute, Moncton made it 5-2 on a marker from Alexie Leblanc (Dieppe, NB), who put a corner kick behind MacDonald off the far post.
Fraser, with her second of the match, rounded out the scoring in the 85th minute on a set-up from Lee-Knight.
Poirier made seven saves for Moncton in the loss, while MacDonald and Erin Visser (Whitby, ON), who played one half apiece, made one and two saves, respectively.