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Pilots soccer teams exit play-offs at semi-final stage
The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference soccer season concluded with last weekend’s play-offs at Red River College’s Norm Konowalchuk fields, where both Providence teams were eliminated at the semi-final stage.
The Pilots women, having finished fourth in the standings, were pitted against the top-ranked Red River College Rebels and lost 9-3 on Saturday. But Julika Kehler, who scored all three Providence goals, took her total on the campaign to an impressive 17 and was named to the MCAC All Conference Team for her efforts. Defender Amelia Reimer also earned a spot on the all star squad.
After their victory the Rebels lost to the Brandon University Bobcats in Sunday’s final.
“I loved the fact that we never gave up and fought until the very end,” remarked head coach Tory Walker. “We’ll use this as a learning experience and move on. Next weekend is now our focus.”
The Pilots women will take on the Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles at the National Christian College Athletic Association Regional Tournament in Ankeny, Iowa on Friday. The men’s team will also compete in the event and have a Thursday match against the Maranatha Baptist University Sabercats in Ankeny.
Like the women, the Pilots men lost their MCAC semi-final on Saturday, succumbing to the first-place Les Rouge de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface 4-3 in extra time.
Providence defender Braeden Owen’s late equalizer sent what had already been a riveting match into the additional periods, and he tallied again to put the Pilots in front. But Les Rouges fought back, leveling the score at three before Raouf Samarou’s winner for USB.
Buoyed from their win, Les Rouges defeated Red River 2-0 on Sunday to claim the championship.
In volleyball, the Pilots women continued their unbeaten start to the MCAC season with triumphs over the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers and USB. Shayna Staerk led the way with 26 kills over the two matches while LaRae Driedger contributed 16 kills and 15 digs.
“We faced two different styles of teams and it was great to come out in both,” analyzed head coach Kyle Guenther. These were good tests for us heading into one of the most important weekends of the year.
Providence will face the Moody Bible Institute Archers in Friday’s NCCAA Regional Tournament showdown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Finally, the men’s volleyball team defeated the Blazers and lost to USB in what was a week of mixed results. Adrian Dyck executed 14 kills against CMU and 21 against Les Rouges while Brett Foley added a combined 14 blocks.
(Top to bottom: Thom Yang; Julika Kehler.)


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