It’s All Asrat
Yohannes Asrat scores game-winner in game vs CMU
The Freemen men’s soccer played in back-to-back games this weekend as they faced off against the Jamestown Jimmies in North Dakota on Saturday, and then hosted the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers late Sunday afternoon.
In Saturday’s match-up the Freemen fell 3-0 in a game where they were never truly able to mount strong attacks at the Jimmies’ defense.
Providence started the game in a dominant fashion, as they controlled the play, and moved the ball upfield in the attractive fashion that is known to accompany Freemen soccer. However, the Jimmies began to take control of the match around the twentieth minute and never looked back. Late in the half the Jimmies were finally able to put away their first of the game, and they followed that by scoring goals early in and midway through the second half to take the game with a 3-0 score.
The Freemen’s best opportunities came off the feet of Miguel Fictoria, as he had two volleys on net, while Mario Giesbrecht also one-timed a Jimmies’ misplayed ball just wide right of the goal. Providence’s freshman keeper Josh Friesen also put in a noteworthy performance, as he pulled out multiple highlight reel saves to keep the Freemen within a competitive scoreline.
Providence then travelled home to host the CMU Blazers Sunday afternoon. Even with the wind at their backs, the Freemen struggled to find their game early on, as they allowed CMU to earn multiple chances early on. However, it was Providence who was still able to strike first as they finished on a beautiful string of quickly played passes. Midfielder Joel Janke sent a ball wide to Adam Mywaart, who then sent in a cross to captain Yohannes Asrat that he one-touched to have Andry Giesbrecht wire behind a helpless Blazers keeper.
CMU struck back early in the second half as they broke through the defense and slid a shot into the back of the Freemen’s goal. The goal seemed to finally wake up the Freemen players, and the last thirty minutes featured much more attractive soccer from a side that was playing an otherwise lethargic-looking game. Providence then mounted several promising attacks, but weren’t able to put one away again until Fictoria was tripped up in the box to earn a penalty shot that Asrat put away to lead the Freemen to a 2-1 victory. Freshman keeper Kyle Perry earned the win in the Freemen net.
The win against CMU keeps Providence’s MCAC record at 2-1, good enough to tentatively hold 1st place in the conference.
While the Freemen look to have a more skilled squad and deeper bench than ever before, the squad continues to search for consistent team play. However, if that consistency is somehow found before the season’s end, we could be seeing the most exciting soccer out of a Providence soccer program...ever.
Notes: M Thomas Kaethler & M Norvin Campos sat out both games this weekend, while F Mario Giesbrecht, D Kaiten Critchlow and K Josh Friesen were also inactive for Sunday’s game...the Freemen continued to utilize their bench over the weekend as all fit players saw playing time in both games.
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