Panthers to host Dalhousie today and Saint Mary's on Sunday
The UPEI men’s soccer Panthers are preparing for two tough games this weekend at the UPEI turf field as they host the Dalhousie Tigers today at 4:15 p.m. and the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
The Tigers are currently a win out of first place, which is being shared by SMU and St. F.X. having played three more games than the Panthers. UPEI goes into the weekend healthy, knowing points against these teams are critical in their run to the top-six positions for a playoff spot.
“When Dal comes to town, its always a good game for us,” said coach Lewis Page. “We’ve always had such a good rivalry with them. Historically, we’ve done well at home so we’ll be looking for more of the same.”
The Huskies also have played seven games and have scored only six goals so defence will be the order or the day on Sunday for the Panthers.
“SMU have been a power in the AUS over the last few years, so it’s always good to have them in,” said Page. “We’re going to have to be good defensively. The good thing for us is that we have more points to play for than any other team in the league. It’s all in our hands, we just have to make sure we take some points from these games.”
After a week off, the women Panthers are making final preparations for games against Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s at home today and Sunday,.
The women’s side will continue to be without the services of their captain, Maria Scichilone, who turned her ankle against St. F.X. almost two weeks ago.
The Tigers currently sit comfortably in first place with 16 points, having played three more games than the Panthers. Always a powerhouse, and always bitter opponents, a hard-fought game is expected.
“Dal have been one of the better teams in the conference the last few years so we’ll have to be very disciplined defensively,” said Page. “We’re not going to get a lot of goal chances so we’re going to have to be good in taking the chances we get.”
The Panthers are stuck in eighth position after four games on a win and three ties. It will be important for them to come out of this weekend with points to move them closer to the magic top six to qualify for playoffs.
The Huskies occupy the bottom end of the conference and have yet to pick up any points after seven games.
“Saint Mary’s is a tricky one,” said Page. “We’re obviously going to expend a lot of energy playing Dal and the Huskies are struggling a bit right now and so they can be like a wounded animal, you never know what will happen.”