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Super Mario Lifts Freemen Over NCU
Giesbrecht collects 3 points as Freemen win 4-0
The Providence Men’s Soccer squad brought home a convincing 4-0 victory Friday night after travelling down to Minnesota to face a determined North Central University. The game saw the Freemen dominate goal scoring opportunities as they put 30 shots on NCU while not allowing a single shot in return.
Providence started the game strong and controlled the play, but was kept off the score sheet for the first part of the half as NCU compressed their defense deep in their end. However, Miguel Fictoria was finally able to sneak a hard shot past the North Central keeper off a pass from Mario Giesbrecht in the 30th minute. Giesbrecht then put away another opportunity 6 minutes later as he took advantage of a long through ball from defender Derek Loeppky.
The second half started the same as the first, with Providence still controlling the play but being left unable to get good shots on goal against a tenacious and determined NCU defensive strategy. Finally, in the 68th minute, defender Jon Patterson was able to fire home a loose ball in the box to put the Freemen up by 3. ‘Super’ Mario then added one more goal in the 75th minute to finish the scoring at 4-0.
The game also saw the Freemen lose a valuable player to injury within the first 15 minutes of play, as Captain Tory Walker fell victim to a late tackle and was unable to return to action. It was a disappointing loss for the Freemen, but Coach Ward left the game pleased with how the rest of the team stepped up after losing a key player.
“I was really pleased to get a shutout and see the defense and keeper play very well,” Coach Ward said. “I think it was a hard game that we dominated the play all the way through. It was a pity that we didn’t score more goals but I can’t really complain about winning 4-0 away from home. So, overall, I am happy with the result and performance, and I think the players should be too.”
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