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Pilots soccer teams push for play-offs
2016-10-12
 
The Providence Pilots women’s soccer team closed in on a Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) play-off berth Thanksgiving weekend after beating Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College Cougars 3-0 at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex.
 
Providence midfielder Courtney Engel bagged a brace in the Friday win and striker Julika Kehler notched her 11th goal of the season.
 
Despite a follow-up defeat to Universite de Saint-Boniface on Saturday the Pilots can all but secure a play-off berth with a victory over Red River College on Saturday—the team’s final home match of the season.
 
Head coach Tory Walker pointed to a handful of key injuries going into the USB encounter but was generally pleased with the weekend’s performances.
 
“Overall I think the women showed some toughness, and I am proud of them for that,” he said.
 
The men, meanwhile, dropped a 2-0 decision to USB on Saturday and are now just two points clear of the Brandon University Bobcats for the fourth and final play-off position.
 
“We had some good chances against Saint-Boniface but once again we couldn’t capitalize,” remarked head coach Joey Passi. “Les Rouges are a good team and if you give them a couple of chances they’ll bury them. Unfortunately, that was the difference in the game.”
 
In volleyball, the Pilots men took part in the Red River College tournament, winning three matches and losing two.
 
They opened the weekend with a straight-sets win over the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen but finished Friday with a disappointing defeat to the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers. On Saturday they bounced back by beating both USB and ACC but were beaten by Red River in their final contest of the weekend.
 
“I wasn’t very pleased with how we played this weekend, although we had a lot of guys playing in positions we’d typically not have them play in,” offered head coach Scott Masterson. “But I think the tournament gave us a good idea of where the other MCAC schools will be at in terms of level of play for this season, which is a positive.”
 
Next up for the reigning MCAC champions is an October 19 rematch with Red River in Winnipeg. The women’s volleyball team—also MCAC champions—will be back in action on Saturday at the Lake Region Tournament in Devils Lake, North Dakota.
 
Both soccer teams will face Red River on Saturday before heading on the road to take on National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) opponents Maranatha Baptist University of Watertown, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota-based North Central University.
 

         

 
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