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October 21, 2019 | Soccer (M)

Forward Yacine Ait Slimane and the Stingers will meet UQTR on Sunday.

Stingers men's soccer team scores playoff spot

The Concordia Stingers men's soccer team has earned a spot in the conference playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Head coach Greg Sutton guided his team to a 3-4-5 win-loss-tie record and fourth place in the RSEQ’s seven-team league. The Stingers will travel to Trois-Rivières to take on the first-place UQTR Patriotes in a semifinal match on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The teams met twice in regular season play with UQTR winning both games – 4-1 on Aug. 30 and 2-0 on Oct. 20.

The last year Concordia advanced to the playoffs was 2012. That year, the Stingers ended up with a 5-6-1 record. But they benefitted from three forfeits, two by McGill University and one by the Montréal Carabins. The Laval Rouge et Or eked out a 1-0 win over the Stingers in the semifinal.

You have to go back to 2003 to find the last time the Stingers advanced to the playoff round based solely on the results on the field. Concordia posted a 7-4-3 record in the regular season and went on to defeat UQTR 2-1 in the semifinal.

The Carabins defeated the Stingers 1-0 in the conference final, but two Quebec teams advanced to the national championship that year and Concordia took the second spot. The team lost two straight games at the nationals.