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Third Time Is No Charm For Lady Freemen
Women’s soccer team falls to CMU 2-0
The Lady Freemen Soccer squad travelled to Winnipeg for a Saturday matinee in the third of four regular season match-ups against their MCAC rival Canadian Mennonite University Blazers. Having won the first two games 4-2 and 5-0 respectively, the Lady Freemen were hoping to bring home a winning result. Instead, they found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard, and remained unable to reach the score sheet for the third consecutive game.
Providence and CMU switched opportunities and control throughout the game’s entirety, and provided their fans with non-stop back and forth action. With both teams making constant attacks and counter-attacks there was good fluidity to the game that helped keep a scoreless first half remain attractive to watch. However, in the second half the Blazers were able to take the lead by deflecting a bouncing ball in the penalty area behind Lady Freemen keeper Dana Van Dijk. The Lady Freemen then had their own opportunity as freshman Allison Dueck pushed the ball up the right side, got by a defender, and put a shot just wide of the net. However, the Blazers then replied shortly after with a similar attack of their own and were able to snipe a tough angle shot in between the Lady Freemen keeper and the right post to finish the scoring at 2-0.
Coach Janke was disappointed with the result, but continues to find positives in her team’s play and is still confident that the girls will be a competitive factor in both MCAC play and the NCCAA regional tournament.
“I think the girls were not working quite as hard as they could have, but they were doing well at practicing and using the different plays we have been working on.” She commented after the game. “But once CMU scored we seemed to fall apart as a team. So this week we need to go back and learn how to work better as a team, and learn how to motivate each other to play hard even after we fall behind.”
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