The RSEQ soccer season is moving by quickly and it is surprising to see that each team only has a handful of games left.
Montreal is represented by the four big universities, McGill, Concordia, University of Montreal and UQAM. Last year, all four finished in the top five, with Concordia just missing out on a playoff berth by goal differential.
By looking at the table below, you can see there is quite the drop off after fourth place. Keep in mind, the top four teams make the postseason.
This is how the standings look following the matches on October 5th;
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Let’s take a look at how the Montreal schools faired this week.
UQAM Citadins (5-1-2)
Last week: W 2-1 vs. Montreal
Last rank: 1st
UQAM only had one game this week, but it was big one. They were playing their cross town rivals, the Montreal Carabins. Being the two French schools in the city, whenever they meet, whatever the sport, you can guarantee it will be a thrilling game. This time around was no exception. The goalkeepers – Nizar Houhou of UQAM and Louis-Philippe Simard of UofM – combined to make 23 saves in an offense-filled affair. The Citadins’ star player, striker Armel Dagrou, scored the opener and set up the winner. He now leads the RSEQ in points with 12 (ten goals, two assists).
McGill Redmen (5-0-4)
Last week: L 1-3 vs. Laval, W 2-1 @ Sherbrooke
Last rank: 3rd
This week was a tough one for the Redmen, getting out-classed by the 2nd place Laval Rouge & Or and then just getting out of Sherbrooke with three points. Backup goalkeeper Thomas Daechsel was given the two starts and looked a bit suspect on two of the Laval goals, but in the end, he got the job done. One positive note for the Redmen is that Alex King is scoring at a torrent pace. He is now second is RSEQ goal scoring, finding the back of the net three times this week, bringing his season total to seven. The Redmen will receive the Montreal Carabins on October 19th. You can watch the game on the SSN.
Montreal Carabins (4-3-2)
Last week: W 1-0 vs. Sherbrooke, L 2-1 @ UQAM
Last rank: 4th
After winning the league and finishing 5th at nationals last season, the Carabins have experienced a significant drop off in performance. The culprit behind their struggles is their ability to pull out tight victories. So far, all but one of their games have been decided by one goal or less and you could say the Carabins are just a few good bounces away from being neck-in-neck with the Rouge & Or. Adama Sissoko has been Montreal’s game MVP five times, but was nowhere to be found in their big match with UQAM. One can expect he and his teammates will get back on track against UQTR next week.
Concordia Stingers (0-5-3)
Last week: D @ UQTR
Last rank: ?
The Stingers are the league’s only winless team, but they aren’t the last place team and actually boast the RSEQ’s best defense (.088 goals against average with three clean sheets). Concordia could and probably should be in the playoff race or at least closer to the top four than they are at the moment. So, what’s keeping them from contending? They simply can’t score! Five goals though nine games is not going to get you in the postseason, no matter how solid your back line is. This week was a perfect example, as they were playing lowly UQTR. They only managed two shots against one of the worst defenses in the RSEQ.
The RSEQ will take an extended, week-long break for the Thanksgiving Holiday. All teams will be back in action next weekend.
Be sure to check back in two weeks time as we recap the Montreal contingent’s performances!