Saskatchewan doesn’t have too much going for it; apart from Saskatoon, which has a nice river valley, bustling hipster shopping area, and Gothic-style architecture university there isn’t much. There’s the Roughriders, too. But even the Roughriders are an average team in the CFL, a league eternally in the shadows of NCAA football and the NFL. And the University of Saskatchewan has yet to crack Canada’s top five universities. Thus, the Pandas soccer team’s trip down to Saskatchewan, where they played the Huskies and Cougars, was expected to be difficult but manageable.
To the dismay of Pandas across the world – and in particular, near-extinct Pandas at the San Diego Zoo – the soccer squad left Saskatchewan in the state of sad panda.
However, if it’s any consolation, the Pandas DOMINATED the Regina Cougars, outshooting them 24-8 throughout the game. The two Saskatchewan opponents are obviously strong sides, and in the ultra-competitive Canada West Conference, anything can happen between the top 6 teams. ANYTHING. Last week, the Pandas beat the top team in the league, 2-0. Peaks and valleys happen.
Overall, these games DON’T REALLY MATTER. Why? With the new Canada West set-up, the post-season is all that counts. Therefore, the teams that hit their stride over the next month are the ones that will head to CIS Nationals, with a chance to claim national glory.