South American Sensation Heats Up Weekend
Andry Giesbrecht leads Freemen attack with 3 goals
The Providence men’s soccer squad entered the weekend with hopes of finishing MCAC regular season play undefeated. Although the match-ups proved to be tighter than previous meetings, the Freemen were able to leave the weekend with two 3-1 wins and a 6-0 MCAC regular season record.
Saturday saw Providence play host to the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers on a cold and windy day. ‘Super’ Mario scored the game’s first goal on a beautiful header off of a cross from his brother Andry to put Providence up 1-0. However, the Blazers responded in the half by putting away a misplayed ball in the Freemen penalty area. The goal seemed to waken the Freemen as they started to control play for the remainder of the game and created a plethora of scoring opportunities, many of which went unfinished. However, by the game’s end, Andry Giesbrecht had added two goals of his own to lead the Freemen to a convincing 3-1 victory.
The Freemen then travelled to Winnipeg to face a much improved College Universitaire de St-Boniface Voyageurs team. Providence started the scoring as Junior Dante Calla put away a rebound off an Andry Giesbrecht shot to take the lead 1-0. CUSB then responded shortly after by scoring a goal of their own off a cross from the right side. The Freemen then started applying more offensive pressure on their opponents, and it led to a goal that saw a switching of roles from the first, as Giesbrecht put away a header off of a Calla cross in. Manuel Goosen then finished the scoring in the second half as Miguel Fictoria fed him a ball in the penalty area that he buried behind the CUSB keeper. The goal capped off a 3-1 win for the Freemen in what proved to be a highly competitive match between two skilled opponents.
After the results of the weekend, Freemen head coach Martin Ward was pleased with both his team’s effort and the improvement of competition in MCAC play.
“Overall this weekend we scored sixteen goals and conceded two (including Thursday’s match-up against Steinbach),” Coach Ward said. “Also, nine different players scored showing the depth of our scoring ability.”
“Three games in four days is tiring, especially in the cold, windy conditions seen on Thursday and Saturday, so I was pleased with the three wins and the type of attacking soccer we played. The other teams in our conference have improved since our first games, as we knew they would, and I am looking forward to our MCAC championship tournament next weekend and some exciting soccer games.”
Complete Weekend Player Stats (including SBC Thursday game): Brendan Wiens 4G 1A, Andry Giesbrecht 3G 2A, Miguel Fictoria 4A, Adam Mywaart 2G 1A, Yohannes Asrat 3A, Mario Giesbrecht 2G, Manuel Goosen 1G 1A, Dante Calla 1G 1A, Jonathon Dyck 1G 1A, Curtis Sawatzky 1G, Thomas Kaethler 1G
Injuries: Tory Walker
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