The UPEI Panthers look to use a diversified attack and its scoring depth to gain points tonight in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men's soccer action.
The Panthers (2-2-0) host the conference's defending champs from UNB (1-2-1) at 7:15 p.m.
"One of our strengths this season has been our tactical flexibility," Panthers coach Lewis Page said Thursday. "We've come out and played different systems in different games and often different systems in the same game. We'll be doing a lot of that tomorrow as well."
The team has scored five goals in its four games and the markers have been spread among four different players in Harmi Singh (2), Nacho Sanchez, Mark Smith and Evander Chatara.
"We're going to get goals from a number of different people," Page said. "It makes us a tougher team to play against."
The coach said he has liked the play of its back line, led by Mark Ashlee and Cole MacMillan. Jeff Moore has stepped up in his third year and Smith has played "excellent" in his rookie season, Page said.
After winning 4-0 a week ago against St. F.X., the team dropped a 4-0 decision to Cape Breton on Saturday.
Page doesn't expect there to be any carryover from the last game.
"The attitude in training this week has been fantastic," he said. "The players have taken the lessons from the Cape Breton game and have worked hard in training to improve those things."
The team's starting lineup is healthy and Brett Strba is expected to be the starting keeper. UPEI finishes the weekend Sunday with a 3:15 p.m. start in Moncton.
The Panthers women's team is looking for its first win after opening the season 0-3-1. They host the Reds (1-0-3) at 5 p.m.
UPEI is ninth in the 10-team conference with only six teams making the playoffs.
If Moncton (0-4-0) finishes seven through 10, it will mean teams need to finish in the top five to qualify for playoffs as the Aigles Bleues are hosting this year's tournament.
"We have to turn the corner," Panthers coach Graeme McDonald said. "It's a big weekend because we need to get some points. It's as simple as that."
UPEI travels to Moncton Sunday for a 1 p.m. start.
"It doesn't take much to change things around in soccer," McDonald said. "We just need to get a positive first result."
Tonight's game is also the team's let's kick cancer game.
Proceeds from baked good and T-shirt sales go directly to support the women's basketball team's Shoot for the Cure in support of breast cancer research. The team will also be collecting donations.
"The girls and I are really excited for Friday and hope to get out a big crowd for an awesome cause," said veteran Kelsie Collier. "It's something that is important to us, as well as the other sports (teams) at the university, so we are looking forward to making a contribution to a cause that is university wide."
A look at the UPEI varsity sports teams schedule for the weekend
5 p.m. - UNB at UPEI.
7:15 p.m. - UNB at UPEI.
7:30 p.m. - Moncton at UPEI*.
12:45 p.m. - St. F.X. invitational.
7 p.m. - UPEI at Saint Mary's.
7 p.m. - UPEI at Holland College*.
7 p.m. - Queens vs. UPEI at Pownal*.
1 p.m. - UPEI at Moncton.
3:15 p.m. - UPEI at Moncton.
* Exhibition games.