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Holland College Hurricanes
Not only did the time recently go back one hour, but the Holland College Hurricanes women’s soccer team faced a four-hour time change when it landed
in British Columbia Monday for the collegiate nationals.
Wednesday, the seventh-ranked Hurricanes play the second-ranked MacEwen Griffins from Edmonton in Surrey to open the eight-team tournament.
“I’m not sure yet how it will affect us,” said veteran Hurricanes defender Shalan Armstrong on the time difference. “We’ve prepared mentally all week for the change and we may struggle early. But that’s one of those minor obstacles you have to overcome.”
The Hurricanes qualified for the 2013 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship last week after a 1-0 win over Mount Saint Vincent University at the Atlantic conference championship in Cornwall.
Armstrong had the lone goal in the first half and the Hurricanes, led by goalkeeper Emma Kelly, gutted out the victory.
And that is something head coach Kris MacKinnon said his team has done all year.
Last season, they went undefeated (9-0-1) in Atlantic conference play but lost in the final. They still reached the CCAA tournament as host team.
This year, Holland College went 5-4-3 in the league, was the fourth seed at the ACAA tournament and had to win its way to the final and to the nationals.
“I think there is a little different mindset this year. This year, the girls had to bear down and fight for it,” said McKinnon.
And it’s not lost on the 20-year-old Armstrong, nor is the experience factor of facing national-level competitions for a second straight season.
“I think that prepared a lot of our people. It can be intimidating not knowing what to expect. I go in with the plan to do our best and know that we can fight and battle and win,” said Armstrong, a sport and leisure management student from Chester, N.S. “Sometimes you’ve got to learn to lose before you can win.”
Teams and rankings at the 2013 CCAA national women's soccer championship in Surrey, B.C.:
1. Élans de Garneau, RSEQ.
2. MacEwan Griffins, ACAC.
3. Indiennes d'Ahuntsic, RSEQ.
4. TRU WolfPack, PacWest.
5. NAIT Ooks, ACAC.
6. Algonquin Thunder, OCAA.
7. Holland College Hurricanes, ACAA.
8. Kwantlen Eagles, PacWest (host).