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Holland College’s Laura Younker prepares to shoot on Dalhousie Agricultural College Rams keeper during college soccer action Saturday in Cornwall. The Hurricanes won 8-0.
The Holland Hurricanes’ soccer teams are ready to kick-start their 2013 Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA) soccer seasons this weekend as the men’s and women’s teams play home games Saturday and Sunday.
Today, the Hurricanes will take on the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics. The women’s game is at 2 p.m., and the men’s contest is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Sunday, the University of Kings College Blue Devils visit the Hurricanes at 1 and 3 p.m. Both Blue Devils’ teams finished third in regular-season play last year.
All of the games will be played at the Terry Fox Complex in Cornwall.
“The squad is looking forward to this weekend,” said Holland College women’s head coach Kris MacKinnon. “Having had a good pre-season, the girls have been focused and committed in training as we prepare for what will be a good test against two top teams in our conference.
“We have come through a tough pre-season schedule injury-free, and look forward to getting our season started.”
Holland College men’s head coach Jonathan Vos is looking forward to this weekend. “We have several players returning and some good new additions,” said Vos. “Pre-season tour was a great chance for the players to get to know each other on and off the pitch.
“Work rate in training has been exceptional, with strong competition for positions.”
The women’s matchup on Saturday features an early-season clash of two intense rivals.
The Hurricanes finished last year’s regular season in first place while the Mystics were second.
The Mystics would go on to edge the Hurricanes 1-0 in the ACAA championship.
However, the Hurricanes grabbed some revenge with a 2-1 victory over the Mystics in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships.
“Having MSVU and Kings here for our home opening weekend is exciting,” said returning Hurricanes midfielder Laura Younker. “These two teams will challenge for the top spots in the league, so we have to be ready.
“Our pre-season has went well, and we feel prepared”
The Hurricanes also finished first at the end of the ACAA regular season in 2012, with the Mystics sitting alone in second place. The Hurricanes were the 2012 ACAA soccer champions.
“I’m really looking forward to getting the season underway this weekend,” said the Hurricanes’ Matt Derry. “It should be a good test to see where we stand as a team, and I am confident with the group of guys we have.’’