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Axemen, Axewomen begin soccer playoffs today

Siblings Cochrane, left, and Kinsella Noseworthy-Smith of Wolfville are both Acadia varsity soccer players  - and within their family, friendly rivals. 
Siblings Cochrane, left, and Kinsella Noseworthy-Smith of Wolfville are both Acadia varsity soccer players  - and within their family, friendly rivals. 

WOLFVILLE -  Both the Acadia varsity soccer teams are competing at their respective conference championships this weekend.

The women’s tournament is at Dalhousie in Halifax, while the men are at Memorial in St. John’s.

The Acadia women meet host Dalhousie in a women’s quarterfinal at 2 p.m. Oct. 31.

“The AUS is probably the league in the CIS with the most parity, top to bottom, so there are no easy games," Axewomen head coach Amit Batra said before the team headed for Halifax.

“The level of competition only heightens as we enter playoffs, as every team has all-stars and former national team players with a lot of talent and experience.

“For us, we feel we have a deep squad, and preparation has gone really well.

“As good as the league is, our outcomes are certainly in our control, and we are not looking by the first game against Dalhousie on their home turf. It’s a great rematch of last year when we were able to beat them in the semifinal.

“We’re really looking forward to whatever comes our way, one game at a time.”

The men's team meet UPEI in the quarter-finals Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. Atlantic time.

”We beat them twice in the regular season, but they are a tough, experienced team and well-coached, so it will be a good match-up," coach  Findlay MacRae said.

“Regular season results have no bearing on the playoffs. I’m confident that if we play to our potential, we will win.”

Games can be viewed austv.ca

The women’s tournament is at Dalhousie in Halifax, while the men are at Memorial in St. John’s.

The Acadia women meet host Dalhousie in a women’s quarterfinal at 2 p.m. Oct. 31.

“The AUS is probably the league in the CIS with the most parity, top to bottom, so there are no easy games," Axewomen head coach Amit Batra said before the team headed for Halifax.

“The level of competition only heightens as we enter playoffs, as every team has all-stars and former national team players with a lot of talent and experience.

“For us, we feel we have a deep squad, and preparation has gone really well.

“As good as the league is, our outcomes are certainly in our control, and we are not looking by the first game against Dalhousie on their home turf. It’s a great rematch of last year when we were able to beat them in the semifinal.

“We’re really looking forward to whatever comes our way, one game at a time.”

The men's team meet UPEI in the quarter-finals Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. Atlantic time.

”We beat them twice in the regular season, but they are a tough, experienced team and well-coached, so it will be a good match-up," coach  Findlay MacRae said.

“Regular season results have no bearing on the playoffs. I’m confident that if we play to our potential, we will win.”

Games can be viewed austv.ca

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