Fresh off their MCAC championship victories, the men’s and women’s soccer teams from Providence traveled to Minneapolis to compete in the NCCAA Regional Championships at North Central University. The women played Tuesday in the #2 vs #3 game as the second seed against Faith Baptist Bible College and the men got a bye straight to the final as the #1 seed.
The women kicked off the tournament in style with a convincing victory over Faith. With a final score of 5-0, Providence booked their spot in the final against the home squad from North Central. After suffering very tough 1-0 loss earlier in the season, Providence was looking to get back at their division rivals. In the early goings, it looked to be another low scoring affair between the two teams. It turned out to be exactly that. Regulation time ended with a 0-0 tie. With two scoreless periods of overtime, the championship final would be decided by penalty kicks. After a couple of missed opportunities, NCU buried their final kick to send them to the National championship and send the Providence women away with a hard fought loss. The women’s coach, Giancarlo Calla, received the Coach of the Year honor for the North Central region and senior midfielder Mel Warkentin was awarded regional MVP for the season.
The men’s final was next up. Providence took the field with the target on their backs as the #1 seed. The men’s team from NCU was also in the final and they had some confidence heading into the game after battling to a 1-1 tie in their previous meeting. With a little more on the line this time around, Providence came out strong early. Martial Galay got the scoring started and teammate Norvin Campos netted 2 more before half to give Providence a 3-0. Brendan Wiens and Troy Lydiate got a goal each in the second half. Providence punched their ticket into the National Championships with a 5-0 victory. More hardware was handed out after the game as Coach Martin Ward received the Coach of the Year award.
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