The Memorial University Sea-Hawks will play host to the 2009 Subway Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Women’s Soccer Championship in Mount Pearl Nov. 6-8.
The top university women’s soccer players will compete in the tournament for the Atlantic conference championship and one of two bids to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship taking place Nov. 12-15 in Toronto.
The tournament will be a single elimination tournament consisting of the top six teams in the AUS. The quarterfinal round will take place on Friday with game times at 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The Sea-Hawks will be playing in the second match on Friday night under the lights in Mount Pearl. In order to make it to the semi-finals they will have to beat their opponent in this game.
“We are hoping we will have a loud and energetic home crowd to give us a lift on Friday night,” said head coach Walt Mavin. “We have the talent to beat anyone and are looking forward to getting on the field. We have never had an opportunity to play for the championship on home soil.”
The top two seeded teams will get a bye to the semi-final round held on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. The two winning teams on Saturday will play in the final starting at noon on Sunday.
“The community has rallied around the Sea-Hawks in the past when we have hosted major championships,” said Michelle Healey, director of athletics. “In 2003, we hosted the AUS women’s basketball championship, and in 2007 we hosted the CIS national women’s basketball championship. Both of these events were tremendously successful. We are hopeful that we will have a similar level of support in this championship and that it will result in success on the field.”
Memorial comes into the tournament looking to become the first women’s soccer team in school history to claim an AUS championship. They will be an underdog heading in to the tournament and will look to the home crowd to give them an edge over the competition. The team, favoured by many to compete for the top spot in the conference, struggled early in the season. In recent weeks the team has surged, showing glimpses of the form that saw them finish the 2008 season with a 9-2-2 record. The final rankings will be available after the regular season concludes Nov. 1.
The Sea-Hawks will be led by All-Canadians Laura Breen and Malorie Harris. Harris has a team-leading five goals this season while Breen, the 2008 AUS most valuable player, is second on the team with four goals.
The tournament will kick off with the 2009 AUS awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s. The major conference awards and all-stars will be recognized at this event.
Tournament passes are available through the Information Centre in the front lobby of the Physical Education Building at Memorial or at the gate on the day of the game. Tournament passes are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors (aged sixty-five or older) and $12 for children under twelve years of age. Day passes are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (aged sixty-five or older) and $5 for children under twelve years of age.