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Women’s Soccer Drops Two on Road
Lady Freemen lose to Manhattan and Faith in NCCAA Match-ups
The Women’s Soccer team went into the weekend knowing that they would be up against tough competition on a long road trip. At the trip’s end, the women weren’t able to come away with winning results, but Coach Janke feels the competition alone helps to keep the team moving forward.
Providence started the weekend with a game against Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas. Manhattan came out strong and overwhelmed the Lady Freemen in the first half. Providence tried hard to organize on the field against a more skilled team, but MCC’s continuous control and attack was too much to handle as they finished the half up 6-0. Providence came back more aggressive, organized, and confident in the second half. As MCC continued to attack and be the controlling team on the pitch, Providence was able to play better team defense. At the end of the half Manhattan was only able to put one more past Lady Freemen keeper Alyssa Coutts to finish the scoring at 7-0.
After a tough road loss, the Lady Freemen travelled to Iowa to play Faith Baptist Bible College. Providence came out and controlled the play from the opening kick-off. However, mid-way through the first half, Faith converted a free kick inside the penalty area that found its way through the Providence defensive wall and into the back of the net. Providence was able to keep the pressure on Faith for the remainder of the half but were unable to convert on any rushes. The second half saw a more even match as both sides were making constant counter attacks and the play was moving quickly. Mid-way through the half, goaltender Alyssa Coutts made a phenomenal one-handed diving save to keep the Lady Freemen in contention. But in the end the Lady Freemen could not find the push to finish off opportunities against a strong Faith defense and left the game with a 1-0 loss.
Coach Janke felt that the girls didn’t always play up to their full potential, but that the hard work, experience gained, and growth she saw from the girls over the weekend are positives that she can carry on to the team’s next games.
“We made a lot of mistakes in our first game, but I feel that we still learned a lot from the way we played.” Coach Janke said. “The girls improved steadily over the course of the weekend and fought hard regardless of the score which was great to see.”
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