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Mel Warkentine (Junior)

In an extraordinary display of teamwork and untiring focus, the Lady Freeman gave a solid performance against Northland International University (Dunbar, Wisconsin) on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th.

With a feel-good start, Danielle Sanjenko (Freshman) scored off of a header from Annemarie’s (Sophomore) corner kick to take the lead 1-0. Not long after, Northland answered with a goal of their own, tying up the game moments before halftime. The second half of the game consisted of back and forth pressure from both teams neither willing to give up the lead. However, in what was noted as a controversial second goal, Northland scored to go up 2-1. This was the final and fatal blow to the Providence team’s fate as they concluded the game down one.

In a turn of events, the Lady Freemen followed up the loss with an aggressive and fiery start early in the second game. With numerous scoring chances, players Ally Dueck (Junior) and Annemarie (Sophomore) both hit goal posts in a sequence of good plays. Yet, it was Northland’s turn who ran the field and scored the first goal of the game. Soon after, Annemarie came from the offensive right side and hit a shot off the crossbar setting up Jen Derksen (Freshman) who volleyed the rebound in to tie up the game.

In the second half, more action ensued as Mel Warkentine (Junior) assisted Sanjenko who hit a 40 yard shot over the NUI keeper’s head to take the lead 2-1. For the remainder of the game, the Lady Freemen poured on stellar defense to keep the lead and bring home a win.

Coach Calla admits that he was “incredibly impressed by the toughness his team showed coming out and playing hard in the second game. It would have been easy to go in with our heads down, but we didn’t.” Calla thinks this win will help boost the team’s confidence in their continued play this season.

The next game action takes place this Wednesday, September 21st as the Lady Freemen take on the College Wesmen at Providence University College.

Noteworthy Statistics:
Danielle Sanjenko - 2 goals; Annemarie Kaethler - 2 asists; Jen Derksen- 1 goal; Melanie Warkentine -1 assist.

Giesbrecht hustling on the field

In other news, the Men’s Soccer team battled the Northland Pioneers and fell short of victory over the past weekend. In an aggressive first game, the Freemen played a smart defensive game, with Eder Torres (Freshman) playing outstanding in net. Dale Danso (Freshman) also displayed great control and standout defense for the duration of the game. Succumbing to the Pioneer’s pressure, the first goal for Northland came off of a defensive error by the Freemen. The game concluded 2-0 for Northland International University as they clinched a second goal later in the game while the Freemen attempted to apply their own offensive pressure.

The second game showed to be a slow start for the Freemen as the Pioneers brought forth a flurry of goals, going up 4-0 in the beginning 20 minutes of the game. But for the subsequent 70 minutes, the game remained scoreless as Providence looked stronger than ever. In the final 10 seconds, Northland chipped in another goal to win the game 5-0. Mario Giesbrecht (Junior) and Joel Janke (Junior) should be commended for their very apparent hustle and leadership throughout the game.

The next game action takes place this Thursday, September 22nd as the Freemen take on the College Wesmen at Providence University College.

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