Successful Trip to Iowa
The Providence University College soccer teams traveled down to Ankeny, Iowa this past weekend to participate in the Faith Baptist Bible College tournament. Both the men’s and women’s teams played 3 matches each over the weekend.
The men’s team started their play against the 3rd ranked Manhattan Christian College on Friday. With 2 goals from Norvin Campos and the game winner from Troy Lydiate, Providence came out with a 3-1 victory to start the tournament. This was a very good win for the 7th ranked Providence team. They faced an even bigger challenge on Saturday playing the 2nd ranked team in the nation. Northland International University has been the thorn in Providence’s side over the years. This year was no different. Despite being tied at 1 at half time, Northland came out stronger in the second half to take the game 5-1. Arvid Neufeld got the lone goal for Providence. After a much needed day off on Sunday, Providence got back on the field and shutout Faith Baptist, the host team, 5-0. The scoring was spread around with Mario Giesbrecht, Arvid Neufeld, Troy Lydiate, and Eric Plett each collecting a goal. They also benefited from a miscue on Faith’s end where they scored on their own goal.
Coach Martin Ward was pleased with the results from the weekend. “I was encouraged of how the guys played over the three games. We learned a lot about ourselves in each game. We were right there with Northland and the guys felt confident even after the loss.”
The women’s team got off to a great start on Friday as well. Providence handed Northland International University a rare loss, shutting them out 2-0. Brianna Plett scored both goals as she continues to rack up the points this season. Just like the men’s team, the women were in tough again on Saturday. The game was decided in double over time with Manhattan capitalizing on the first and only shot they got all game. Providence failed to score on all 22 shots they got as the game finished 1-0. After the heartbreaking loss, Providence was able to regroup and shutout the host team 3-0 on Monday. Brianna Plett got the opener and Kate Osadchuk added 2 more goals as they sealed their weekend on a good note.
“I thought that it was overall a good road trip.” Coach Giancarlo Calla comments after their successful weekend. “We won two out of three matches, played well in some areas, learned about other areas we needed to get better at and everyone got to play. I still don’t think we have come close to our full potential. It will be scary if we reach it!”
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