Two Must See Games for BYU Soccer

The next five games are tremendously important for BYU's men's soccer team. Tonight, the Cougars have a rematch against their toughest PDL opponent, the Boulder Rapids Reserve, tomorrow they have another PDL game, and Tuesday they play host in the biggest match in BYU soccer history.

When the men's soccer team traveled to Boulder to take on the Rapids Reserve they suffered a 3-1 defeat, their worst loss of the season in PDL play. Boulder is in a three-way tie for second place in the whole Premier Development League with 30 points. BYU is just behind them with 28 points, which puts the Cougars in fifth place in the league. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., BYU is eager to even the score with Boulder and take a one point lead in the standings.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., BYU will play the Colorado Springs Blizzard. The Cougars beat the Blizzard 3-2 in a thrilling match that featured two goals (one by Colorado Springs to tie and one by BYU to win) in the final minute of stoppage time.

The games this weekend are crucial for BYU's playoff seeding. If they win both games, then they are mathematically guaranteed to win their division and get a top seed in the postseason. The game against Boulder will also be a good indicator of the level of talent the Cougars will face in the playoffs.

However important the next two games are for the Cougars, they pale in comparison to the match BYU plays on Tuesday when Coventry City come into town. No soccer competition of this magnitude has ever been held in Provo before. In American football terms, this game would be like the San Francisco 49ers coming to play BYU's football team.

The Coventry City Sky Blues are a storied English football club, founded in 1883. The team was an original member of the FA Premier League in England, commonly recognized at the best soccer league in the world. Coventry currently plays in England's Championship League. Each year, the top three clubs in the Championship League are invited up to the Premiere league, while the bottom three clubs from the Premier League are relegated to the Championship League.

Coventry finished eighth in their league last season. The game against the Cougars is part of a preseason tour of the United States. The Sky Blues bring loads of top shelf English talent in addition to a football icon from Trinidad and Tobago. Stern John is the leading scorer in the history of international play for Trinidad and Tobago.

The Coventry match begins at 7:05 and tickets are expected to be in short supply. Tickets are available through the BYU ticket office.


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