Challenge Cup soccer schedule released
The St. Lawrence Laurentians will open the 2014 Molson Challenge Cup soccer season on the road in the first the team’s 18 games this summer.
The Laurentians will face Mount Pearl at the Gushue Complex May 24.
All four teams entered in the league this season will be in action on opening weekend.
Holy Cross and Feildians will square off at King George V May 24 as well. The next afternoon, Feildians and St. Lawrence will take to the pitch at King George V, immediately followed by Mount Pearl and Holy Cross.
The Laurentians and Mount Pearl will also duel in St. Lawrence’s home opener at Centennial Field June 14.
Each of the four teams will play 18 games a piece during the season for a total of 36 in all. Games will be played on Saturdays and Sundays with no mid-week matchups on this year’s schedule.
Regular season play will conclude with four games Aug. 16-17 weekend.
For the playoffs, the last place team will be eliminated from contention, while first overall will get a bye to the final. The second and third place teams will battle for the other spot in the championship game.
Commissioner Gord Dunphy said the new playoff format should make for an interesting year. Each point in the regular season will be valuable, he said.
The playoffs will be held over the Labour Day weekend in early September once again this year.