Chal­lenge Cup soc­cer sched­ule re­leased

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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.

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