Cape Breton Capers soccer and basketball teams to open 2022-23 season against UPEI Panthers

SYDNEY, NS — The Atlantic University Sport season may be months away, but the Cape Breton Capers teams know their first opponents.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams will begin the 2022 season with games against the Prince Edward Island Panthers at the new Ness Timmons Turf Field on the Cape Breton University campus.

The women will face the Panthers on September 10 at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s teams at 3:15 p.m. The clubs will end the opening weekend by hosting the Saint Mary Huskies on September 11 at 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. respectively.

On the men’s side, defending league champions Cape Breton will host the AUS championship Oct. 27-30 in Sydney, while the Acadia Axewomen will host the women’s tournament on the same dates in Wolfville.

U Sports will hold its men’s national championship Nov. 10-13 in Kamloops, B.C., while the women’s national event is scheduled for the same dates in Quebec City.

Cape Breton Capers’ Chris Ruta, left, looks closely at Finn Larkin of the Acadie Axemen during Atlantic University Sports action at Sullivan Field House in Sydney. Ruta and the Capers will begin their 2022-23 season in October. JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRETON POST. – Jeremy Fraser

Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will kick off their 2022-23 season in Charlottetown for a pair of games Oct. 28-29 against the Prince Edward Island Panthers.

The women will play at 6 p.m. on October 28, followed by the men at 8 p.m. The clubs will meet on October 29 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The fall portion of the schedule will end Nov. 26, and teams will return to the hardwood for the second half of the year on Jan. 6. The regular season will continue until February 23.

Like last season, the Scotiabank Center in Halifax will once again host the AUS Championship tournaments from February 24-26.

Cape Breton University will host the U Sports Women’s National Championship, March 10-12, at Sullivan Field House in Sydney, while the Men’s National Tournament will take place on the same dates in Antigonish.

As for the Capers’ men’s and women’s track teams, which achieved varsity status earlier this year, the first meeting of the year will be November 19 in Saint John, NB.

Track and field athletes will also compete in Moncton on Dec. 17 and Jan. 14, Saint John from Jan. 27-29, and Saint Mary’s on Feb. 11.

The AUS championships are February 24-25 in Saint John, while the U Sports national event is scheduled for March 9-11 in Saskatoon, Sask.

For complete schedules of all AUS sports, visit