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UPEI Panthers striker Jenay Edness, left, carries the ball up the field during practice earlier this week. Edness is a third-year student from Warwich, Bermuda.
UPEI has beaten Memorial twice this season
The UPEI Panthers women’s soccer team is optimistic heading into today’s semifinal.
The fourth-place Panthers play the fifth-place Memorial Seahawks at 11 a.m. in Moncton at the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship.
“Now that we know our roles and we have played everyone, especially Memorial, I think we’ll be more aware of what they can do, so we’re ready to deal with their strengths and weaknesses,” said team captain Maria Scichilone, who was named Thursday to the conference's second all-star team.
“I think we’ve got it down pat now and with these final practices with (coach) Lewis (Page), I think we’re ready as a team.”
All games will be played at Rocky Stone Field in Moncton. The second quarter-final of the day will see third seed Acadia taking on host Mount Allison with kickoff set for 2 p.m.
League-leading Cape Breton and second-seeded Dalhousie earned byes into Saturday’s semifinal games.
In the Panthers’ two regular season games against Memorial (MUN), played in early October in Charlottetown, the Seahawks earned four points with a 1-1 tie and a 1-0 win.
“The first thing is regular season is one thing and playoffs a whole different story,” Page said. “So those results give us an idea as to what MUN are like but they don’t tell the whole story.
“We’ll certainly have to do a better job in our one-versus-one defending and we’ll have a few tactical surprises for them that they won’t be expecting.”
The UPEI men’s soccer team did not qualify for playoffs.
UPEI (4) vs. Memorial (5), 11 a.m.
Acadia (3rd) vs. Mount Allison (6th), 2 p.m.
Cape Breton (1st) vs. lowest remaining seed, 11 a.m.
Dalhousie (2nd) vs. highest remaining seed, 2 p.m.
Championship game, 2 p.m.
(Tournament in Moncton)
(Seedings in brackets)