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Pilots soccer teams battling for provincial play-off berths
Before embarking on a midweek road-trip through Wisconsin and Minnesota the Providence Pilots soccer teams played their final home matches of the 2016 season.
Both took the opportunity to recognize their outgoing senior players, and both came out on the losing end of Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) showdowns with the Red River College Rebels.
Currently atop the provincial table, the Rebels women beat the Pilots 7-3 in Otterburne, with Courtney Engel scoring twice and Julika Kehler once for the hosts. On the men’s side, first-place Red River triumphed 5-1. Braxton Phommarath tallied the lone goal for Providence.
“Both teams were fighting injuries that hurt us last weekend,” explained women’s head coach Tory Walker. “And while both showed some fight until the end, we were facing strong Red River squads that had us on our heels.”
The Pilots women presently hold down the fourth and final MCAC play-off spot and will travel to Brandon University and Canadian Mennonite University in their final matches of the season. In fifth place, the men are a point back of Brandon and a semi-final berth and will also face BU and CMU on Saturday and Sunday.
In volleyball, the reigning MCAC champion Providence women tasted their first defeats of the campaign at last weekend’s Lake Region Slamfest in Devils Lake, North Dakota—but not before having beaten Lake Region State College 3-1 and Dakota College at Bottineau 3-0, extending their record to 12-0.
Then came a 3-0 defeat to North Dakota State College of Science and a 3-1 loss against Bismarck State College.
“This is the second time we’ve gone to Lake Region Slamfest and both years have provided us with some of the most physical volleyball we’ve played. The tournament is a great test for us against some really good teams” said head coach Kyle Guenther. “We can take a lot of positive away from these matches, and these good teams showed us some specific things we can work on going forward.”
Shayna Staerk led the way over the weekend with 49 kills and 39 digs while Sara Barker contributed 39 kills and eight blocks.
Finally, the Pilots basketball season will tip off Friday with both Providence teams going up against CMU in Winnipeg before hosting Red River.


(Top to bottom: men's soccer team; women's volleyball player Sam Bridle; women's soccer team.)


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