Panthers travel to Moncton today to play the Blue Eagles
© Guardian Photo By Jason Malloy
UPEI Panthers fullback Kieran Dutton, centre, takes a pass from Adam Lowther, right, and prepares to distribute it to Blake Kelly during Tuesday’s practice. The Panthers are looking for their first win of the season today in Moncton.
The UPEI Panthers’ women’s soccer team doesn’t have long to celebrate a successful weekend.
The Panthers, who won twice over the weekend, are back in action today when they travel to the Moncton Blue Eagles with kickoff set for 5 p.m. A win over Moncton (5-2) would vault UPEI (3-0-3) into a three-way tie for second place with 15 points and only one point behind the first-place Dalhousie Tigers (5-2-1).
“Moncton is an improved team this season,” said UPEI coach Lewis Page. “They have five wins over some good teams in the league. This will be our first game on natural grass this year so we will have to be ready for different kinds of bounces and a different ball speed coming off the grass.”
Midway through the short Atlantic University Sport season, UPEI have been very stingy in conceding goals with keeper Ashley McKenna recording three consecutive clean sheets and giving up a league-leading two goals on the season. The Panthers are counting on their goal scoring to be kicked up a gear with the return of Maria Scichilone from an ankle sprain.
In contrast, the men’s soccer Panthers would just as soon forget the past weekend, where they were only able to secure one point out of a possible six.
Offence continues to plague the Panthers, who have scored only three times in six games to this point. Moncton (3-1-3) currently sits in fifth place. having played one more game than the Panthers (0-3-3). Both teams would have some knowledge of each other having played in the Mulligan Cup tournament during training camp.
“We realize that our goal scoring has let us down so far this year,” Page said. “It is time to make a few changes that will hopefully tilt the field a little more in our favour.”
Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. under the lights at the University of Moncton stadium.
The Panthers are currently holding down the basement and see every one of their last seven games from here on as critical if they are going to scratch out one of the six playoff positions.