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Pilots soccer teams lose semi-finals to play-off champions
The Providence Pilots soccer teams were ousted at the semi-final stage of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference play-offs on Saturday. Both, however, can take solace in the fact that they were beaten by the eventual champion.
Facing a Red River College Rebels outfit that went unbeaten through the regular season, the Pilots women delivered a strong showing in the first half before falling 4-0 on the East Field in Otterburne.
Goalkeeper Kieran Hodges saved a penalty to keep Providence in the match in the second half, but, as coach Joel Coursey remarked, the guests “scored on a couple of outstanding shots to put the game out of reach.”
He added: “Red River is a tough team and they showed it by winning the championship. The first half was one of our strongest periods of the season and we were able to end it only 1-0 down.”
The Rebels followed up the victory by edging the Brandon University Bobcats 2-1 in the final.
The Pilots men, meanwhile, dropped a 7-2 decision to 2014 champions Universite de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges, who defended their title on Sunday after beating the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 2-0.
In-form attacker Mitchell Martens scored from the penalty spot for Providence and Caleb Duarte notched the Pilots other goal, but in the end some excellent finishing helped Les Rouges pile up the goal.
“We didn’t take some chances to score early in the game and unfortunately for us their strikers put on a display of clinical finishing,” analyzed head coach Martin Ward. “I was happy with the effort and spirit of our team and we have a good core of players to build on for next year.”
Next up for both sides are October 30 matches at Minneapolis-based Faith Baptist Bible College in National Christian College Athletic Association play.
In MCAC volleyball action the Pilots men’s and women’s teams triumphed over the Assiniboine Community College Cougars in Brandon, Friday—the men winning in straight sets and the women prevailing in four.
The women’s squad will be in Minneapolis for an NCCAA regional tournament this weekend.
In Otterburne the Pilots men’s basketball team will play Friday and Saturday matches against Oak Hills Christian College out of Bemidji.
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