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Pilots futsal teams soar over first-place CMU
by Naaman Sturrup
The Providence Pilots women’s and men’s futsal teams recorded convincing wins over first-place, and previously undefeated, Canadian Mennonite University Blazers at home over the weekend.
Both Pilots teams, having posted identical records of three wins, one draw and two losses two losses, are currently in playoff positions. The women’s team is in fourth place, one point behind Brandon University, and the men’s team is in third place, three points behind BU.
In women’s action, star striker Julika Kehler continued her dominant play in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference. With her game intelligence, solid defence and exuberant offence, she led the charge against CMU, scoring an impressive quintet of goals en route to a 5-3 triumph.
With head coach Tory Walker challenging the women before the game, they seemed to come out with an intensity that was arguably unseen so far this season.
“This game was a defining game for our team,” he said after the final whistle. “Before the game started we knew CMU was going to be a hard game. They were undefeated and sitting at the top of the standings, so I challenged them before the game to outwork CMU, and I told them if they did we would come out on top. They met the challenge and played a fantastic, disciplined game. We had a game-plan set and executed it perfectly.”
Walker also stated that his team believes in can push for the top in the MCAC and that Saturday’s result was another step in the right direction.
The Pilots men followed suit on Saturday, cruising past the Blazers 6-3. Braeden Owen scored hat trick in the win; Devotion Ndlovu netted a brace, and Jay Thielmann also found the back of the net.
The men showed a lock-down defense, which was key in preventing top-ranked CMU from getting into a rhythm and making set plays. The Pilots team are now on a three-game winning streak, and head coach Joseph Passi praised his side’s effort on Saturday, highlighting the identity they now acknowledge within themselves.
“Our win against CMU was huge,” he said. “We've really come together as a team and are starting to look like the dangerous team we know we can be. The guys are stepping up their game and are playing with confidence and tenacity.”
The futsal teams’ next matchups are February 18 when they face double-headers against Assiniboine Community College and Brandon University.


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