MSOC: CBU men look to repeat at UBC

MSOC: CBU men look to repeat at UBC

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Halifax, NS - Last weekend was a record-setter for Cape Breton University's soccer programs.

For the first time, both the men's and women's soccer teams from the same university won an AUS championship in back-to-back years.

It was a third straight conference title for the CBU men, who enter the U Sports championship in Vancouver as the defending champion and No. 2 seed.

The Capers' opponents may be gunning for them in an effort to topple the reigning champs. But that doesn't concern head coach Dean Morley and his charges.

"I believe we do a good job in trying to take our things in stride," said Morley, a three-time AUS coach of the year. "All that's on our mind is who we play in that first game, study them, prepare and set ourselves to win the game. That's the way I approach everything.

"We feel we belong on the national stage," he added. "We are very comfortable on the national stage and I believe our team should be considered a threat. Their team will be looking at us as hard as we're looking at them. We'll prepare accordingly."

That first game is a quarter-final matchup Thursday evening (8 p.m. AT) against the UQAM Citadins.

The Capers, with the likes of 2018 AUS most valuable player Peter Schaale and championship MVP Cory Bent, have not lost a match this season, posting a 12-0-2 record over the course of the regular season and playoffs.

CBU defeated the UNB Reds 2-0 in Sunday's championship final in Sydney. UNB, however, still earned a berth to nationals and will face Montreal on Thursday (5:30 p.m. AT).

The other quarter-finals include the top-ranked York Lions against Trinity Western and the host UBC Thunderbirds versus the Carleton Ravens.