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Providence Pilots mark Harvest Festival with soccer and basketball games
2015-09-29
The Providence Pilots marked the school's 2015 Harvest Festival with exhibition soccer and basketball games on Saturday, September 26.
 
Caronport's Briercrest Clippers were in Otterburne with their men's and women's basketball teams, and Aberdeen, South Dakota's Presentation College provided the soccer opposition. The Pilots soccer sides then hosted Brandon University's Bobcats on Sunday afternoon.
 
The action tipped off Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with the women's basketball contest—a 71-55 win for Briercrest. But, analyzed coach Joel Coursey, the Pilots hung with the Clippers for about three-and-a-half quarters before the Saskatchewan outfit pulled away.
 
Amber Harms scored 12 points and Courtney Engel contributed 10 for Providence.
 
On the men's side it was the Pilots that triumphed, beating Briercrest 74-69. Despite conceding an early, nine-point lead Providence proceeded to go on a 15-3 run and went into the half down by just two points.
 
"It was a back-and-forth game in the third quarter and in the fourth we took an eight-point lead thanks to Richie Rodgers' back-to-back threes," explained coach Colten Gryba. "With a three-point lead late in the game Romeo KC went to the free throw line and iced it."
 
Added Gryba: "We have a lot to work on before our first regional game at the end of October but this is a great starting point for us."
 
Unfortunately, the Pilots soccer teams combined for four losses over the weekend.
 
Presentation compiled 2-1 and 6-0 victories over the Pilots men and women, respectively, and Brandon posted a pair of 3-1 wins.
 
That said, Coursey was delighted with the effort the ladies put in, particularly against the Bobcats, which he labelled "the best game of the season" so far.
 
"We had four girls go down with injuries and played out the final five minutes down a player," he said. "They showed again and again that no matter the situation they will not quit."
 
Not surprisingly, Pilots men's soccer captain Mitchell Martens continued his exceptional start to the season by scoring his side's two goals between Saturday and Sunday.
 
"I thought we were slightly second-best in both games this weekend," commented coach Martin Ward. "We played some good soccer at times and there are some positives to build on, but we lacked discipline and we were punished for it."
 
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