The Concordia Stingers men's soccer team will use the momentum from its takedown of the U Sports No. 1-ranked Montréal Carabins last week to help finish the 2021 season strong.
On the road last Friday night, the Stingers defeated the Carabins 1-0. Rookie midfielder Anthony Phelps scored in the 76th minute. Phelps was awarded a penalty and while his initial shot was saved, he buried the rebound.
Goalkeeper Jordy Kerlegrand also played a big role in the win. He turned away all six shots on net to earn the shutout.
Heading into the game Montréal was undefeated in six Quebec conference games, including a 6-2 victory over the Stingers on Sept. 10.
The win gives Concordia a 3-1-3 win-loss-tied record. The Stingers have not lost a game since the opener on Sept. 10.
Concordia is in fourth-place in the standings with 12 points. Montréal is first with 18 points, followed by the Laval Rouge et Or with 14 points and the UQTR Patriotes with 13 points. The top four teams in the seven-team RSEQ league advance to the playoffs.
Concordia hosts UQTR this Friday at 8:15 p.m. With a lot a stake in the standings, it will be one of the biggest soccer games played at Concordia Stadium in a very long time.
The Patriotes are the No. 6-ranked program in the country. It was a 2-2 tie in Trois-Rivières, Que. when the teams met on Sept. 23.
“As a team, we’re going into this game real excited,” said Stingers head coach Greg Sutton. “For us, I think there’s a revenge factor. In 2019 they dominated us in three games. This year we’ve figured them out to a certain extent. But UQTR is a good team, there’s no doubt. We’re going to have to be at our best.”
The Stingers will host a soccer doubleheader on Friday. The women’s game versus UQTR kicks off at 6 p.m. The men’s game will follow.
Tickets are available online in advance. Take note that proof of double vaccination (photo ID) is required.