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Warkentine and Shantz combine for 5 goals against Northland

The women’s soccer squad travelled south of the border this weekend to meet up with Northland International University and Faith Baptist Bible College in Minneapolis, MN.

The Lady Freemen started it out right Friday afternoon as sophomore Melanie Warkentine wired a shot from distance into the back of the net to put the Lady Freemen up by one. Northland then responded back with a goal of their own, but Warkentine answered with yet another goal shortly after. However, Northland was able to put one more away before the half and the two sides went into the break squared up at 2.

Providence regrouped at the half though, and came out playing top-quality soccer once again. They were able to go on the attack for the majority of the half, and forward Ruth Shantz finished off a hat-tricks worth of chances to put the Lady Freemen up 5-2, and lead Providence to a big non-region win.

Providence head coach Emily Janke was extremely pleased with her side’s effort following the match, and continued to be pleased with her squad’s growth throughout the season.

“The girls connected well as a team,” Coach Janke said. “They learned a lot throughout the game and it was encouraging to see. It was definitely an exciting win for us.”

The Lady Freemen then faced the Faith Eagles Saturday afternoon with hopes of clinching first place in the Northwest region. However, the Eagles had other plans.

Providence came out strong and dominated play throughout the first half, but it was Faith who was able to convert on a rare opportunity, and they entered the break up 1-0. Faith then seemed to gain confidence, and the two sides played a much more evenly matched game throughout the second half. Scoring chances were exchanged, but none were converted by either side, and the Eagles went on to take the game 1-0.

Coach Janke had little to say following the match, commenting only that, “it was a disappointing game but hopefully a good learning experience.” However, it was also clear that Janke has high faith in her young squad, and that the result can simply be summed down to being a bad showing on the day.

Providence next returns to action on Saturday, October 16th, when they travel to Winnipeg to face the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers.

Written by:
Kaiten Critchlow

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