The West Side Monarchs have a three-peat on their minds in this years’ Corner Brook senior men’s soccer league playoffs.
However, player/coach Cory Mosher knows the mission won’t be any easy one with several teams poised to give his squad a run for the title.
The Monarchs captured the top seed in the senior league with 35 points on an undefeated record of 10 wins and five ties.
The black and gold finished four points ahead of the Ford Mustangs, who also went undefeated in the regular season with a record of eight wins and seven ties giving them 31 points.
The Monarchs began the climb back to the upper echelons of local senior men’s soccer when they won its first title in 20 years back in 2016. They won the title again last year and a third straight title is on the radar when the playoff run begins Wednesday night.
“It’s going to be fun,” Mosher said. “They haven’t lost and we haven’t lost, and there are other teams in the mix who always do well in the playoffs so anything can happen.”
Mosher said his club has found success in the past couple of years because they share a common goal of putting an emphasis on fun instead of watching the scoreboard when they hit the pitch.
It won’t be any different this time around and he believes his team will have to continue being an offensive force if they want to make the three-peat a reality. The Monarchs have scored an average of three goals per game during the regular campaign and although league scoring champion Ryan Dawe and veteran Clarence Bennett have handled a fair share of the scoring Mosher believes the Monarchs have depth in its favour because the scoring has been spread around all season long with everybody making a contribution to the scoresheet.
Everybody is just excited to get out and try to get the job done to finish the summer on a good note,” he said.
The Monarchs battle the Mustangs Wednesday night 6:30 p.m. at the Monarchs Complex, while the other playoff game on the slate will see the fifth-place Curling Rangers battle the sixth-place Masters 7 p.m. at Wellington Street Soccer Field in the first game of a two-game total series to decide who plays against the fourth-place team in the second round.