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Pilots soccer sides struggle against Red River and Brandon
2015-09-22
 
The Providence Pilots soccer teams won just a single match from four last weekend but remain in contention on both the men’s and women’s sides of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.
 
Meanwhile, the women’s volleyball team learned it was ranked second in the mostly United States-based National Christian College Athletic Association.
 
With an impressive record of eight wins and one loss to start the season the Pilots trail only Wisconsin’s Maranatha Baptist University in the NCCAA Division II ledger. Idle last weekend and this, they’ll be back in tournament action early next month.
 
The women’s soccer team, incidentally, earned an NCCAA third-place ranking but struggled against MCAC opponents Red River College and Brandon University on Saturday and Sunday, losing 4-0 at home to the Rebels and dropping a 5-0 decision away to the Bobcats.
 
With only 10 players available for Sunday’s match in Brandon the ladies nevertheless protected a 0-0 scoreline until the half, after which they were reduced to nine.
 
“Once we were down two players BU was able to create some strong scoring chances,” remarked coach Joel Coursey. “We set a goal to enter the second half tied 0-0 and we accomplished that goal. If we can get healthy I think we will be a tough team to face.”
 
The men’s outfit also lost to Red River in Otterburne but rebounded from the 4-2 defeat with a 4-3 victory in Brandon. Captain Mitchell Martens scored twice in the final 10 minutes and Gaetan Simard also bagged a brace for the Pilots. Ben Bediako contributed a pair of assists over the weekend.
 
“With so many new players we know it will take some time to develop our teamwork,” said head coach Martin Ward. “We played two physically tough and competitive games this weekend and to overcome a poor start and come away with a win on Sunday shows that we have the spirit to develop into a good team.”
 
Brandon opened the scoring inside 30 seconds and extended their lead in the 22nd minute before Simard hit back on the stroke of half-time. He tallied again in the 75th and the Martens double completed the comeback.
 
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