Men’s soccer looking to clinch playoff berth on Friday

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The BYU men’s soccer team, in need of one more victory to secure themselves a spot in post-season play, is seeking a win on the Fourth of July against the LA Misioneros.

The Cougars sought to clinch a playoff berth last week with two road games against division bottom-dweller Real Colorado Foxes but earned a disheartening 3-0 loss and 0-0 draw.

Keeper Brian Hale throws the ball back into play in a home game against the Real Colorado Foxes on June 24.  (Elliott Miller)
Keeper Brian Hale throws the ball back into play in a home game against the Real Colorado Foxes on June 24. The Cougars can clinch a playoff berth with a win this weekend. (Elliott Miller)

“It was tough,” said assistant coach Chad Sackett. “But it was a good wake up call. We were humbled a little bit and I think for a reason.”

The Cougars are having one of their best seasons in the past few years, starting out the season 9-0, but have since faltered in the later half of the season. They currently rank No. 2 in the Mountain Division behind FC Tuscon and are in prime position to secure their postseason hopes when they play at home this Friday.

“They’re having to travel, and the elevation often gets to them,” said Sackett on the the Misioneros coming to Provo. “We’re gonna have a big crowd. I think our chances are good.”

When it comes to playing at home and securing a spot in the playoffs, no one understands the advantage and excitement more than the players.

“The place will be packed,” said senior forward Scott Heaton. “An awesome environment to play and a team we’re familiar with.”

The LA Misioneros were in the same conference as the Cougars last year, so the players are aware of how this team can play.

“They’re one of the top teams in the Southwest Division,” Heaton said. “They always have a great attack and have very creative players. They are a good team.”

The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the South Field in Provo.

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