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Soccer 'Canes set to host Halifax rivals this weekend

  After an opening weekend that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Dorian, the men’s and women’s soccer Hurricanes are set to finally begin their 2019 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season this weekend at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall, PEI.

On Saturday the ‘Canes will challenge the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics at 2 and 4pm, before facing the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils on Sunday at 1 and 3pm (w/m).

Last season the women’s Hurricanes fell in the semi-finals to the Mystics at the ACAA Championships; they went 8-3-1 during the regular season and finished in third.  The Mystics, the eventual ACAA Champions, went 9-2-1 during the regular season and was ranked second, while the Blue Devils were fifth at 4-6-2.

Emily Cormier, a ‘Canes, first-year striker from Charlottetown, PEI is eager to begin the new season.

“This weekend’s games will be our teams first real challenge, but as long as we bring a strong effort I think we will have a good showing this weekend.”

Kris McKinnon, head coach of the women’s soccer Hurricanes, is happy with the effort his roster has demonstrated during training camp.

“A home opener against last season’s ACAA Champions will be a great test.  I know the team is ready for it and are eager to put the Hurricanes jerseys on for the first time this season.”

The men’s Hurricanes are coming off the teams fifth-straight ACAA championship last season and look to continue this streak.  They compiled a record of 9-2-1 last season, defeating MSVU in semi-final play after the Mystics finished the regular season at 6-3-3 and in fourth.  The Blue Devils went 7-4-1 and entered the playoffs as the third ranked team, also losing in the semi-finals.

Thomas Ford, a second-year midfielder from North Wiltshire, PEI, looks to get the regular season underway after a lengthy training camp.

“These games at home are really important. By working hard and keeping our good habits we will have a strong weekend.”

The Hurricanes head coach, Jonathan Vos, is also eager to begin the regular season.

“MSVU and UKC are perennial playoff teams so we know it will be a good test this weekend.  We’ll have to be at our best to get the results we want.  The players and staff are anxious and eager after last weekends cancellations but the entire coaching staff is very pleased with the balance of the team this year.”

Live updates from all four Hurricanes soccer games this weekend can be followed at www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes.

Hurricanes Soccer Booster Club memberships are now for sale by contacting hollandhurricanes@hollandcollege.com.  For $100, members will receive two season passes to all Hurricanes soccer home games plus two limited edition Hurricanes toques.  As a special bonus, fans will also receive two admission passes to the 2019 ACAA Soccer Championships hosted by the Hurricanes with their booster club membership.

Connect with the soccer Hurricanes by visiting www.twitter.com/caneswsoccer and www.twitter.com/canesmsoccer.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019