The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s soccer teams hit the road this weekend when they visit the province of New Brunswick. On Saturday the Hurricanes are in Fredericton when they face the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies while on Sunday they will face the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves in Saint John.
Saturday’s games versus the Tommies take place at 2 and 4pm, while Sunday’s action gets underway at 12 and 2pm (w/m).
“We are looking forward to the challenge this weekend,” shared head coach, Kris McKinnon. “The Tommies have been a top team in the conference the last few years and we need to be ready to compete this Saturday."
The women’s Hurricanes enter the weekend in a tie atop the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) standings with the Tommies at 6-0-1; this is the first time the two teams have faced each other this season.
First-year striker, Emily Cormier, knows the importance of this weekend’s games in the standings.
“This weekend’s games will be another good test for our team. We have been working hard in training and I think we are prepared physically and mentally to bring a good battle.”
The UNBSJ Seawolves enter the weekend in fourth in the standings at 2-4-1; they fell to the Hurricanes last Tuesday in Cornwall, PEI by a score of 4-0.
The men’s Hurricanes also enter the weekend in first place; they currently hold a record of 5-1-1. Both the STU Tommies and UNBSJ Seawolves are 4-2-1 and in a tie for second place in the ACAA.
Head coach, Jonathan Vos, knows the importance of each match from here on out as the end of the regular season is near.
“The conference is tight near the top of the standings; it’s important that we bring our best to the pitch each match and put into play what we’ve worked on all season.”
This is the first time the ‘Canes have faced the Tommies this season; they defeated the Seawolves on Tuesday in Cornwall, 3-0.
“We’re very excited for this weekend and are well prepared for it,” said second-year winger, Tegan Misener. “Play is always exciting in the second half of the season and we’re ready for the battle. We just have to keep moving the ball and stick to our game plan to be successful.”
Both the Hurricanes men and women enter this weekend with just five regular seasons games remaining; they return home next Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm in Cornwall at the Terry Fox Sports Complex when they face the STU Tommies for the final time during the regular season.
The Hurricanes also host the 2019 ACAA Championships on October 25-27 in Cornwall. The top four men’s and women’s teams from the regular season qualify for the event.
For more information on ACAA soccer, visit www.acaa.ca.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Friday, October 04, 2019