Weekend Soccer Updates
Soccer action for the men’s side saw Providence play back-to-back matches against the always skilful but unpredictable Voyageurs from St. Boniface. The Providence Freemen started Saturday’s home game with 50km winds at their backs which made ball control difficult. Yet, in the 34th minute, it was the wind that played a part in Prov’s first goal when goalie Eder Torres earned his first assist of the year with a long punt eluding the CUSB defense and Mario Giesbrecht running through to score the only goal of the half.
With less than 10 minutes left, les Voyageurs got on the scoreboard when Ibrahim Kamite shot unopposed as the Freemen mistakenly thought play had been stopped for a substitution. CUSB rounded out the scoring in the last few minutes with a goal by Ayoub Akbali. However, it was too little too late for les Voyageurs who went home on the wrong end of the 4-2 score line.
In other soccer news, the Providence women’s team defeated Red River College (3-1) Friday evening on the Rebels' campus. It was only four minutes into the game, when Annemarie Kaethler (sophomore) crossed a pass inside from the right side to Allison Dueck (Junior), who controlled the ball and put it around the goalie for a 1-0 lead. Near the 16th minute range, the Red River Rebels were rewarded a penalty and used the opportunity to tie up the game. And two minutes later, the Rebels sent a through-ball to Red River’s #14 (Stephanie Bourgeois) who ran on and chipped it over Prov’s goalkeeper (Kristi Larson, Sophomore) for a beautiful finish.
By the 40th minute Providence senior, Ruth Shantz, brought forth an aggressive performance winning several balls and then making a run on the right field to shoot the ball to the far post in what seemed an impossible angle. Shantz deservingly found the net with outstanding finesse and tied up the game 2-2.
In a display of domination, Providence went on to play very strong offensively in the second half. On 83 minutes, Dueck passed several defenders with some fancy footwork and sent the ball through the middle of the 18 to find Annemarie who one-timed the ball to the back of the net. This was the final goal that iced the Lady Freemen’s 3-2 triumph over the Rebels.
Coach Calla expressed much pride for his team’s ability to put aside several tough calls and remain strong in their performance. He comments, “I was so impressed by their mental toughness and discipline—half the battle was trying to stay in the game mentally and not get down on some of the calls.” Calla was pleased to say his team “kept their focus and didn’t get caught up in their emotions.” One motto of his: ‘Sport does not build character, it reveals it’ was certainly put to the test this game.
Next game action will take place in Minneapolis, MN as both soccer teams travel to play North Central University and Faith Baptist on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7th, respectively.
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