Volume 93, Issue 34

Friday, October 29, 1999


End of regular season at J.W.

Flying highwith Western's Robyn

Outsiders playoff preview

Predictions of play from the fringes

Keeping the pace with runner Jim Wardle

Catch the game while making history

Predictions of play from the fringes

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

Alright ladies and gents, let the playoffs begin. For the Western men's and women's soccer teams, the hunt is on for both the Ontario University Athletics championship and the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union national championship.

The men's soccer team won both finals last year and are heavy favourites to repeat as champions, said University of Waterloo head coach Ed Edgar.

Edgar said the team should have no problem getting past their semi-final game against the University of Guelph. Wilfrid Laurier University and Queen's University are the other teams facing in the semi-finals.

"Western is by far the strongest team. We played Guelph twice and dominated, Western should have no problem," he said.

He added this year, the league has been fairly equal in terms of talent, but the Mustangs still have the ability to get past the competition. "The teams were pretty even this year, but Western knows how to finish," Edgar said.

Western captain Jon Hasson said he was confident the team has what it takes to repeat as champions, but was not counting his eggs before they hatched.

"I definitely think we have the best team going into the playoffs," Hasson said. "But one game and a bad 90 minutes and it's all over."

Waterloo head coach Bruce Rodriquez said this year's league is wide open and the playoff could go in several directions.

"I think it can be Western, McMaster, Queen's or Ottawa [universities]," Rodriquez said. "McMaster and Western have been consistent throughout the season, it's a matter of who can put the ball in the net – whoever does that will win."

Both teams open their playoff run this weekend. The women will play in a tournament in Ottawa while the men will play a semi-final game Sunday against Guelph at J.W. Little Memorial Stadium at 3 p.m..

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