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Providence Earns Costly Victory
Women’s Soccer Team Fights for 4-2 Win at CMU
The Providence Women’s Soccer squad claimed their first victory of the season last night with a 4-2 victory against Canadian Mennonite University. However, the Lady Freemen were not able to escape the game without suffering several key injuries.
The Lady Freemen entered the game excited to see how they would match up against the competition with this season’s new-look squad. This mentality showed early as the women came out hard. Led by two goals from Lady Freemen Captain Ruth Maddever, the squad took an early 2-0 first half lead. The CMU Blazers then responded by putting a goal past keeper Alyssa Coutts, but Dana van Dijk finished the half by putting one more away for Providence.
Down 3-1, CMU came out hard to start the second half and were able to put away another goal to come within one of Providence. Sensing a possible comeback, the Lady Freemen regrouped and first year student Melanie Warkentine, scored off a free kick to put the game out of reach for the Blazers.
Even with a promising performance, Providence couldn’t help but come away disappointed with the personnel loss endured during the game. Early in the first half, sophomore Amanda Franz suffered a knee injury that will see her miss several weeks of action. The Lady Freemen were then hit with another enormous loss late in the first half when Maddever broke her leg, leaving her with an injury that could see her miss the season in its entirety.
However disheartening the losses are for the squad, new Head Coach, Emily Janke remains optimistic about the season.
“Despite it being a disappointing game (in regards to injuries), the girls worked exceptionally hard to pull out a win.” Coach Janke commented. “They were all still willing to work very hard for the team which is a winning mindset.”
The Lady Freemen’s next game is Wednesday, September 23rd against CMU at Providence.
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