CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – It is an important weekend for the Holland College Hurricanes soccer teams as they travel to Halifax to take on the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics on Saturday and University of King’s College Blue Devils on Sunday.
Saturday’s Atlantic College Athletic Association (ACAA) games take place at 2 p.m. with the men and women playing simultaneously on neighboring fields, while Sunday’s games take place at 1 and 3 p.m. with the women playing first.
The Hurricanes women’s squad (4-2-0) can pass Mount Saint Vincent (4-1-1) in the standings with a victory.
The Mystics beat the ‘Canes 4-1 on Sept. 15 in Cornwall in the only meeting so far this season between the two teams.
‘Canes centre midfielder T-Anna Fraser said she looks forward to the challenge this weekend.
“Our team has been working hard in training,” said the Stellarton, N.S., native who has a goal and an assist in the first six games of the regular season. “We’re excited to put what we’ve been working on in training into the games this weekend and hopefully come out with things in our favour.”
The action continues Sunday when the women’s Hurricanes take on the Blue Devils (1-3-1). Holland College beat King’s 1-0 Sept. 16 in Cornwall.
“The team is looking to rebound after a setback last weekend,” said Hurricanes head coach Kris McKinnon. “We know it will be a tough weekend as we battle two perennial playoff teams in the ACAA. We know we have to be at our best both days and have focused on that this week in training.”
The men’s Hurricanes are coming off of two games in which they struggled last weekend, earning a draw before losing to the St. Thomas Tommies on Sunday.
“We’re looking to rebound after a difficult weekend,” said head coach Jonathan Vos. “An objective for us is to create more quality chances. We need our players forward and putting the pressure on the opposition.”
Saturday the first-place Hurricanes (4-1-1) challenge the second-place Mystics (3-1-2) before playing the third-place Blue Devils (3-1-1).
Connor Keith, a second-year right back from Kingston, N.S., said he knows his team has to be better this weekend.
“I think this weekend is going to be huge for us after last weekend’s results. As a team we know what we are capable of and we need to translate what we are practising during the week to the games this weekend.”