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MCAC Championship Weekend
Lady Freemen earn silver
10/25 - The Lady Freemen were on the chase for the 2010 MCAC title this past weekend, as they competed in the MCAC Championships held at Providence College. Providence opened the tournament with a dominant semi-final performance where they defeated the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 6-1, but fell to the University of Winnipeg Wesmen 10-0 in the finals to earn the silver medal.
“CMU gave us a hard fight, especially in the first half,” Lady Freemen head coach Emily Janke commented following the game. “In the second half we were able to capitalize on our chances, and that helped propel us to the win.”
On Saturday captain Ruth Shantz got the Lady Freemen going early, scoring the game’s first goal. The Blazers then responded shortly after with a goal of their own, but Shantz struck for the second time on the day to put Providence up 2-1 going into the break.
After such a tight battle in the first Providence fans expected the game to be a nail-biter to the end, but Providence erupted in the second half and really began to finish their opportunities well. Shantz once again started the engines for the Lady Freemen with her third of the game, earning herself a rare footie hat-trick. Junior Amanda Franz then became the first Lady Freemen other than Shantz to score in the game, and she put her squad up 4-1. Freshman Annemarie Kaethler then snuck a well-hit, low strike behind CMU’s keeper, and followed that by crossing in a pass that forward Alanna Giesbrecht one-timed to ripple the net, to finish the game’s scoring at 6-1 and send Providence into the MCAC finals.
The Championship game then featured a match-up between the Lady Freemen and an extremely talented University of Winnipeg Wesmen squad. While Providence was able to stay tight with the Wesmen throughout the game, the squad from Winnipeg were able to find and finish their opportunities effectively, and it led them to a 10-0 victory, and a well-deserved MCAC Championship banner.
While there was a large scoring gap in the game, the Lady Freemen were able to continuously challenge the most talented ladies squad the MCAC has possibly ever seen, and Providence coach Janke left the game proud of how her team played against such a tough opponent.
“It was the best game I have seen the girls play this season,” coach Janke said of the MCAC Championship match. “While they have played well for spurts in games, I haven’t seen them keep it up throughout a full game like they did today. It was very encouraging to see.”
Providence will now spend the week preparing for their NCCAA Div. II Regional Tournament, as they set their sites on the region’s banner and clinching a berth into the National Tournament. Their first match will be on Friday at 1pm against the Faith Eagles. (Live game updates for this game will be sent out via twitter at twitter.com/Prov_Athletics) If successful in this match, Providence will then face the NCU Rams in Saturday’s finals.
Notes: Lady Freemen stats - Shantz (3G, 1A), Franz (1G, 1A), Kaethler (1G, 1A), Giesbrecht (1G), Jodi Neufeld (1A), Melanie Warkentine (1A)...U of Winnipeg goalscorers - Janelle Deniset, Sheri Hince, Chantal Powlesland (2), Brittany Wheeler, Sera Trunzo (2), Anastasia Stobbe Reimer, Nikki Tomoto, Morgan Geiger...Shantz was named the Lady Freemen’s Player of the Game against CMU, while junior captain Meghan Edwards earned the award in the finals...Wesmen defender Julia Anning was awarded the Tournament MVP.
Written By: Kaiten Critchlow
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