Playoff berth on the line for Memorial men this weekend

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Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s soccer coach Scott Betts couldn’t say it any more succinctly.

 “It’s in our hands,” stated Betts, whose Sea-Hawks play their final two regular-season games at home this weekend against the University of Moncton Blue Eagles.

A win and a tie against Moncton will be enough to make post-season play a reality for the Sea-Hawks, and the MUN coach likes his team’s chances despite the obvious pressure.

 “It’s a do-or-die situation and the best way to have it,” Betts said.

 “We don’t have to rely on any other team to win games this weekend. We’re playing at home and we’ve got a lot of guys (seven) with national (Challenge Cup) experience, so it’s not like they haven’t played in big games before.”

The games are slated for 3:15 p.m. Saturday and 1:15 Sunday at King George V Park.

Seventh-place MUN (3-5-3) has 12 points, two behind Moncton (4-5-2) and Saint Mary’s (3-2-5). The top six teams make the playoffs.

Betts said his team had a couple of good practices this week and the players  are “quite confident” heading into the weekend.

When the Sea-Hawks were at their best, Betts said they played a pretty direct game with a quick counter-attack.

“When we use our pace up front, we can be dangerous, said Betts, who has liked his teams performances in all but about three of its games this season.

Betts said he doesn’t  mind a loss so much when the team has competed well. “But it’s when you just don’t show up that gets to you.”

He doesn’t expect a problem this weekend and veteran the Sea-Hawks mentor believes these won’t be the last games his team will play this season.

“There’s a lot of energy. The guys are focused. I think we’ll be ready.”

Steven Delong goes into the weekend games as MUN’s top goal scorer with four. Jay Wijngaarden, Jay Babstock and Jake Warren each have two goals.

In AUS women’s soccer play,  Memorial (2-6-3) has been eliminated from the playoffs. The Lady Hawks finish out the season with games against Moncton 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at KGV.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, University of Moncton Blue Eagles.A

Geographic location: Moncton, Saint Mary

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