At 1-5-1, it looked as though the Dinos men's soccer team were all but done for the season. The weekend proved to be success as the team still has a chance at the finals.
Friday's game against the 4-3-3 University of Alberta Golden Bears marked the start of the Dinos season-ending four game road trip and presented a tough match up for the men soccersaurs.
Play was tense with the score 2-1 until the 85th minute, when Brian Delaney located Matt Deeprose, who shot the ball in the net to knot the game at twos and eventually give the U of C a much needed tie to improve their record to 3-6-2 heading into their Sun. game against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
Play began on Sun. with the Dinos needing to beat the Huskies in order to inch closer to a playoff spot. Calgary would go on to settle into a defensive battle with the Huskies with both teams controlling the ball until, much like the afternoon before, the Dinos dug deep and began to gather momentum. A Ryan Holbrook goal put the game away for the Dinos.
The win improves the Dinos to 4-6-2, good for 14 points and a tie with Lethbridge for sixth place in the Canada West standings. The Dinos remain three points out for the final playoff berth.w
Next weekend will determine the final playoff combatants as the Dinos go on the road again to face off against Trinity Western University Spartans and the Fraser Valley University Cascades Oct. 27 and 28.
A 3-0 loss against the University of Alberta Pandas and 2-1 win against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies leaves the University of Calgary Dinos women's soccer team still in contention for the playoffs.
Panda striker Sarah Smyth led the Dinos demolishment in the Friday game, scoring the game-winning goal with some help from teammate Laura Matemisz and rattled the ball past Calgary's 'keeper Alana Knowles into the left corner of the net. Both teams' goalies tied for saves at one apiece.
The Dinos and Huskies tied up Sunday's game going into the half at one point each when Saskatchewan managed to score on their own net. Joanna Ng scored the Dinos' winning goal, foiling Huskies goalkeeper Jennifer Banning with a right-corner shot.
Calgary (4-6-2) is currently in seventh place in Canada West standings. Since only the top six teams will make the playoffs, the lady soccersaurs will have to secure two wins in the next weekend set to move into six place and make the championships. The team next faces off against Trinity Western University and Fraser Valley University Oct. 27 and 28. TWU is currently ranked fourth while Fraser Valley is at ninth in CW, giving the Dinos hope for Salvaging the season.