It isn't over, but it sure is close. The Dinos men's soccer team dropped both games over the weekend and missed a chance to close the gap between themselves and the University of Alberta Golden Bears, who also lost both of their games. They now sit five points back with two games to go against two of the top teams in the country.
They host the Trinity Western University Spartans and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in back-to-back games this weekend. The Spartans and T-Birds are tied for first in points in the conference and the Spartans are ranked third overall in the country, the T-Birds fifth. Even if they pulled off the improbable and beat both, they would still need the Bears to drop both games of a home-at-home series against the University of Saskatchewan, who are sitting second-to-last in the conference.
The women's soccer team is in no better position than the men. They also have to hope for a hail Mary to qualify for the post-season as they sit five points back of the fourth spot with two teams in between. They play the University of Manitoba Bisons and University of Regina Cougars on the road this weekend.
After a 1-1 weekend where they lost to the University of Victoria Vikes and beat the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades, the Dinos will have to win out and hope the University of Alberta Pandas and the Cascades lose all their games and that the Bisons lose their other match.
So far so good for Mark Howell and his Dinos squad. They sit third in the conference with eight points in six games after beating the Bisons once and losing in a shootout over the weekend in Winnipeg. They host the Cougars this weekend for two home games at the Father David Bauer arena. Both games start at 7 p.m.
It was a disappointing start to the season for the young team as they walked into the Pandas barn and then came back with an 0-2 record to start the season. They lost the first match 3-1 and the second 3-2. They play a pair of matinee games at 2 p.m. Friday and at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Jack.