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Unbeaten Pilots men’s soccer team soars into first place
2017-09-18
 
Jonathan Fulford and Jorge Alva Vilchis both scored twice as the Providence Pilots men’s soccer team maintained its perfect start to the 2017 season with a 4-1 win over the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers on Sunday.
 
The men opened their weekend with a 2-1 triumph over the Red River College Rebels on Saturday while the women lost 2-0 in matches against the same Winnipeg sides. All four games were played on the Otterburne campus.
 
Fulford, a second-year midfielder from Owen Sound, ON, bagged a brace inside the first half-hour at home to CMU and Vilchis added a third less than three minutes later. The guests made a late push that paid off with a goal in the 90th minute but Vilchis completed his double in stoppage time with a long-range effort that beat the goalkeeper from distance.
 
Vilchis, who brought playing experience from Mexico and Spain when he joined the Pilots in August, also opened the scoring on Saturday against Red River, although the Rebels equalized shortly before the interval. It wasn’t until late on that Turks and Caicos international Herby Magny dispatched the penalty that sealed three points for Providence.
 
“We were aiming to defend our home turf and we did that this weekend,” remarked head coach Joey Passi. Against CMU we probably played our best half of the season and put the game out of reach with three nice goals. All in all a good weekend for us.”
 
After three matches the Pilots are top of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Table with nine points, three more than second-place Universite de Saint-Boniface—their next opponent on Saturday, September 23.
 
The Pilots women, meanwhile, struggled to create offense over the weekend but seemed to settle into their Saturday showdown with the Rebels after conceding a pair of early goals. Courtney Engel teed up six shots on Sunday against CMU, but once again the hosts could have done with the clinical finishing of injured striker Julika Kehler.
 
“This was a frustrating weekend for our team as we had a hard time converting our chances,” analyzed head coach Tory Walker. “We had quality chances and were creating lots of opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net. Hopefully as a team we can get healthy, and having Julika back in the line-up will give us confidence.”
 
Like the men’s outfit, the women will next face USB on Saturday in Winnipeg.
 
(Top to bottom: Jonathan Fulfford; Jorge Alva Vilchis; Doro Schulz.)
 

         

 
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