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Ruth-less Rebound

Ruth Shantz scores twice in win over CMU

Providence women’s soccer squad travelled to Jamestown, ND on Saturday afternoon to face the Jamestown Jimmies NAIA squad, and then followed that by facing the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers on home turf in MCAC action on Sunday afternoon.

In Saturday’s match-up the Lady Freemen were simply outmatched by a strong Jimmies squad. While Providence was able to mount several scoring opportunities throughout the game, they weren’t ever able to put one away. Meanwhile, Jamestown owned a ferocious attack and continuously sent everything they had Providence’s way. In the end, Jamestown left the field with a convincing 14-0 win over the Lady Freemen.

Providence then made the trek back home for a Sunday matinee with the CMU Blazers. Despite having blowout losses in their previous two matches, the Lady Freemen came out flying with confidence and took it to their opponents early and throughout the match. Ruth Shantz opened the scoring in the first half to put Providence up by one. However, CMU was able to mount a rare attack on the day, and they tied it at one before heading into the break.

The Lady Freemen then continued to dominate possession in the second half, and Shantz was able to ripple a shot into the bottom right corner to put Providence up 2-1 and finish the game’s scoring.

The Lady Freemen also gave an impressive defensive showing in the half as well, as the Blazers squad wasn’t able to break into Providence’s defensive half more than a dozen times in the last forty five.

While a blowout loss, like that suffered Saturday, is always inescapably discouraging, the Lady Freemen were able to take the defeats in earnest and improved their play to turn in what was possibly their best match of the season thus far against the Blazers’ squad. If it’s a sign of what’s to come, then Lady Freemen fans appear to finally have a great product to cheer for once again.

Article written by:
Kaiten Critchlow

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