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Pilots men’s soccer team soars over Brandon opponents
2016-10-05
 
Five different goal-scorers propelled the Providence Pilots men’s soccer team to wins over the Assiniboine Community College Cougars and Brandon University Bobcats last weekend.
 
Midfielders Benji Bediako of Accra, Ghana and Hunter Robertson of Langley, BC tallied in Saturday’s 2-0 win at ACC, and Herby Magny (Turks and Caicos), Jonathan Fulford (Owen Sound, ON) and Braeden Owen (Langley, BC) helped Providence edge the Bobcats 3-2 on Sunday in Otterburne.
 
“It was a good weekend overall. We didn’t look like Manchester City but we got the two wins,” quipped head coach Joey Passi. “The important thing is we showed a lot of fight and we got the job done. It’s going to be a tight finish as we look to get ourselves into a playoff spot because the competition is high.”
 
The pair of victories lifted the Pilots into a share of third-place in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) standings. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs, which will take place October 29 and 30 at Red River College in Winnipeg.
 
Difficult weekend
 
It was a rather more difficult weekend for the Pilots women’s soccer team, which dropped a 7-1 decision at home to Brandon University on Sunday.
 
Julika Kehler, who recently put six past ACC, was the lone Providence scorer in a team ravaged by injuries.
 
“We were unable to put our best foot forward against BU, but I don’t think the score shows what type of team we are,” analyzed head coach Tory Walker. “The women showed some real class and character, and I am proud of them for that.
 
Providence currently holds the fourth and final playoff spot in the MCAC, although they remain six points clear of both ACC and the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers.
 
Volleyball
 
In volleyball, the juggernaut women’s outfit continued their unbeaten start to the season by winning all four of their matches at the Providence Invitational Tournament.
 
After opening the weekend with 3-0 victories over both Red River College and ACC on Friday they beat the Blazers by an identical score on Saturday morning before posting a 3-1 triumph over the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen in the afternoon.
 
Third-year right side LaRae Driedger led the way for the Pilots with 29 kills, nine aces and nine digs over the two days while first-year left side Hannah Sabatier added 24 kills and 16 digs. Third-year setter Sam Bridle contributed 117 assists, 21 digs and seven aces in what was a dominant weekend for the reigning MCAC champions.
 
“We had strong performances from everyone, and that is encouraging going forward,” remarked head coach Kyle Guenther. “We served really tough and passed better than we have in previous weeks, which gave us a great chance in each match we played.”
 
Back in Alberta for the second time in three weeks, the Pilots men’s volleyball team played a pair of matches against both Concordia University of Edmonton and Keyano College.
 
Both matches against Concordia were extremely tight affairs, with each side claiming a 3-2 victory. Keyano, however, proved a more difficult opponent, recording a pair of wins and giving up just a single set in the process.
 
Second-year left side Adrian Dyck executed 60 kills over the weekend; fourth-year right side Lucas Pappel put up 152 assists.
 
“Overall, this was a good weekend of pre-season for us,” said head coach Scott Masterson. “The guys are starting to figure out their roles and we are coming together as a team. As long as we can consistently find the level of play we saw glimpses of this weekend, I think we’ll be a tough team to beat this year.”
 

         

 
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