Must win two qualifying games to advance to provincials
AMHERST - The Amherst Vikings senior boys soccer team has its work cut out for it tonight when it squares off against Chester-based Forest Heights in Halifax in a Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 2 playoff game.
"We are going to compete in the qualifying rounds to get back to the provincials," Vikings coach Duanne Starratt said.
"If we beat Forest Heights, we play a second game on Saturday to get a birth in the provincials."
Tonight's game begins at 6 p.m. and if the Vikings win, they will play Millwood High School in Halifax on Saturday at 4 p.m.
"Hopefully we can regroup," Starratt added.
"We have a lot of seniors and they realize it could be their last chance, so hopefully they'll be ready to play."
The trip to the qualifying round was because of a loss last Friday against South Colchester in a game to determine who would host the Division 2 provincials.
South Colchester won the game 1-0 and will host this year's championship tournament in Brookfield.
"We played well against South Colchester," Starratt said.
"I think we controlled most of the game but as far as putting the ball in the net, we got unlucky."
Starratt said the team was really impressed with the number of fans who came out to watch the game.
"It was a great crowd supporting the guys and they were disappointed they didn't win," Starratt added.
"Hopefully we'll be able to regroup and get a place in the provincials."