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Michelle Scully taking control in the midfield
Ruth Shantz and Melanie Warkentine kept the pressure high all game

Amanda Franz scores in 4-0 win over CMU

10/18 - The women’s soccer squad played their final MCAC regular season match-ups this past weekend as they faced off against the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers on Saturday and then travelled to Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon to face the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. The games were also of high importance to the squad, as a two win weekend could have meant a first-round bye in the MCAC Championships.

The Lady Freemen started their weekend off right on Saturday afternoon, as junior Amanda Franz scored Providence’s first goal of the match before the game even reached the second minute. Providence then kept their momentum going throughout the half, and Ruth Shantz put away a penalty kick opportunity before the break, leaving the Lady Freemen up 2-0 at halftime.

Providence then continued their dominant performance into the second half. Freshman Annemarie Kaethler added to the Lady Freemen’s lead as she took a pass from Shantz, and fired a shot behind CMU’s keeper from within the penalty area midway through the half. The game’s scoring, along with the Lady Freemen’s most dominant performance of the season, then finished with a well-placed shot by Shantz that found the back of the net to finalize the score at 4-0 in Providence’s favor. Keeper Alyssa Coutts earned the clean sheet.

Providence then faced the University of Winnipeg in a battle for the 1st seed in the MCAC league play, and a bye in first-round of the MCAC Championships. The Lady Freemen battled the Wesmen in a tight game for the first 30 minutes, as both sides remained scoreless until that point. However, the Wesmen found the back of the net shortly after, and then continued to do so for the rest of the match as they went on to take the game with a 10-1 score. Forward Ruth Shantz notched Providence’s lone goal, and also earned the honor of being the only player to score against the dominant U of Winnipeg squad in all MCAC play this season.

While the loss against the Wesmen was a difficult one, Lady Freemen captain Meghan Edwards still left the weekend positive about the signs of improvement that her squad is still continuing to show as they enter their provincial and regional tournaments coming up in the next consecutive weekends.

“Both games this weekend showed off a lot of areas that we have improved in,” Edwards said. “Meanwhile, the fast pace of Sunday's game against the University of Winnipeg showed us areas we can continue to work on.”

“We are also all really excited about this upcoming weekend (MCAC Championships). We're looking forward to be playing on our home field, and continuing to grow as a team as we approach our NCCAA regionals in Iowa.”

The Lady Freemen will next play on Saturday at 1pm when they face the CMU Blazers in the first round of the MCAC Championships being held at Providence College.

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