The Men’s Soccer team welcomes the nationally top ranked Saint Francis Xavier X-Men to the Stadium.
by Bill McLean
The Saint Mary’s Mens Soccer team will face a very scary opponent this Halloween Sunday at Huskies Stadium; The Saint Francis Xavier X-Men.
The X-Men are ranked number one in Canada and enter the final weekend of the regular season guaranteed first place in the AUS conference.
The Huskies only need a draw vs. the X-Men or Mount Allison on Saturday to secure second place and a first round playoff bye. The Dalhousie Tigers can still claim the bye with a weekend sweep of Memorial and a pair of Huskies losses.
The match will feature the two leading scorers in the conference, Jhonattan Cordoba of the Huskies, and Michael Marousek of the X-Men, tied with eight goals apiece. The Huskies and X-Men are also tied for the league lead in team scoring with twenty six goals.
Game time from the Stadium is 3:15 and will be webcast on www.live.haligonia.ca featuring the broadcast team of Bill McLean and Tom Sullivan.
Meet the X-Men
Head Coach: Graham Kennedy
Record: 10-0-1, 31 points. First place in the conference, ranked #1 in the CIS.
Players to Watch
#10 Michael Marousek: Tied for the scoring lead in the AUS with 8 goals
#11 Jamar Dixon: Tied for third place in the AUS scoring with 6 goals
#18 Max Mound: Backfielder was last year’s AUS Rookie of the Year.
Interesting Factoid: The one chink in the X-Men’s armor has been yellow cards. They lead the conference with 25 yellows assessed.
Huskies Notes: The Huskies are 2-2-2 in their last six games after bursting out of the gate to start the regular season. The last time the Huskies were on Haligonia.ca they defeated the Dalhousie Tigers 6-1…..Elvir Jigolaj is second on the team in scoring with 5 goals…..The Huskies are in the top 2 spots in all AUS team offence statistics…..The Huskies have outscored their opponents 26-8 this season….the last time these teams met, the X-Men won a spirited affair 3-2……the match also features the top three players in assists. Josh Weinburger of the X-Men leads the conference with 4, while his teammate Marousek and Nils Webber of the Huskies are tied with 3…..Huskies keeper Adam Miller is last in the AUS with a .682 save percentage….after the X-Men and Huskies, the AUS playoff race is a logjam with 6 teams still battling for spots and positioning. The Dalhousie Tigers are a lock for a playoff spot but could still finish anywhere from third to sixth.
Game time is Sunday at 3:15 on live.haligonia.ca! Join Bill McLean and Tom Sullivan for all the action.
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