Weekend Soccer Update
Last Thursday night, the Providence men’s soccer squad had their work cut out for them in an intense match at home against the University of Winnipeg. Once again, the team played without their captain (injured Andry Giesbrecht) and only had Mario Giesbrecht (Junior) as a lone striker to defend against the well-organized defense of the Wesmen. This forced Providence to defend for most of the game. Coach Martin gives credit to “the lively running of the Wesmen forwards who created many chances” and contributed to the Wesmen’s worthy winning 6-0.
A similar line-up produced similar results in the Freemen’s next game against Jamestown College (NAIA) at a neutral site in Grand Forks, ND. Taking the lead early on Saturday afternoon, the Jimmies scored from a free kick that curled around the Freemen’s defensive wall. Quick to answer, Mario Giesbrecht (Junior) fired back a similar free kick to end the half tied 1-1. Providence battled the wind in the second half and appeared to grow weary as the Jimmies cruised to a 7-1 victory taking full advantage with a number of well taken goals.
Finally hard work paid off as the Freemen played Canadian Mennonite University on Sunday in their 5th game in 9 days. Playing through fatigue, the Providence men turned in their best performance of the season thus far. The return of Andry Giesbrecht to the starting line-up inspired the team to attack from the first whistle. On 24 minutes, Mario Giesbrecht's pass found his brother on the edge of the penalty area and Andry swiveled and shot expertly into the bottom corner. Ten minutes later Andry's back header to Mario was controlled and dispatched to the other corner to give the Providence Freemen a 2-0 lead. The Freemen remained strong offensively in the second half but despite having 17 shots on net, they could not advance their score.
Coach Martin comments, “This was by far our best game of the season and demonstrates the importance of Andry to our team. He scored the first goal out of nothing and he brought the best out of the other players.”
Noteworthy Statistics: Mario Giesbrecht - 2 goals, 1 assist; Andry Giesbrecht -1 goal, 1 assist.
Next game action takes place this Saturday, October 1st at 4:00pm as the Freemen take on College Universitaire de St. Boniface at Providence University College.
It was a bit of a rough start for the Lady Freemen as they went down three goals against the Jamestown Jimmies in the first twenty minutes of the game. Attributing their rough start to timid play, Coach Calla explains “I think we just gave them a little too much respect right at the beginning because we expected it to be a tough game.” The Lady Freemen bounced back and played competitively with the Jimmies for the remainder of the game, neither team letting any goals past their defensive lines. Danielle Sanjenko (Freshman) even had a close set-up from a cross corner kick, but the Lady Freemen just missed the open net.
Calla comments that compared to last year’s blow-out against Jamestown College, the 0-3 loss for the Lady Freemen was a much better result and a promise of good things to come.
The Lady Freemen sang a different tune as they stepped onto their home field to challenge rival team Canadian Mennonite University on Sunday afternoon. Right from the get-go, the Providence squad dominated the field with an onslaught of attacking opportunities against the CMU defense. After a few missed chances, Annemarie Kaethler (Sophomore) advanced down the right side of the field and shot a 15 yard goal that went right through the keeper’s legs. With a pass from veteran Ruth Shantz, Kaethler found the net yet again from 17 yards to put the Freemen up 2-0. Late in the second half, Shantz contributed a third goal, one-timing the ball past the CMU Blazer defenses off of a cross pass from Kaethler. The Providence team finished the weekend strong with a 3-0 win over CMU.
Noteworthy Stats: Annemarie Kaethler -2 goals, 1 assist; Ruth Shantz- 1 goal, 1 assist; Ally Dueck- 1 assist.
Next game action takes place this Friday, September 3rd at 5:30pm as the Freemen take on the Rebels at Red River College.
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