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Providence Suffers Big Loss

Men’s soccer loses to Northland, bounces back against Faith

The Freemen soccer squad travelled to Minneapolis, MN this past weekend to meet up with nationally ranked Northland International University and region rivals Faith Bible Baptist College.

Providence started the weekend’s schedule with a match-up again Northland in what turned out to be the Freemen’s poorest showing of the season. The Freemen came out flat in the game, and a fired up Northland squad took full advantage. Northland scored an early goal to put the Freemen under pressure. However, only minutes after, Providence forward Andry Giesbrecht volleyed a well-touched ball over the keeper that would have surely been a momentum changer, but it took an unlucky bounce off the crossbar to go out of play.

Northland then continued to win almost every challenge, and went on to score once more in the half, and twice more in the second to win the game 4-0.

The Freemen then regrouped behind a new formation and line-up strung together by “The Wizard” (as named by CCSN’s Trent Mcgee), Coach Martin Ward, to face their region rivals in the Faith Eagles. The new-look Providence side looked re-invigorated and dictated the play throughout.

Forward Andry Giesbrecht opened the scoring in the first half as he converted a cross-in from Brendan Wiens. “The South American Sensation” then continued in what was his strongest game of the year as he scored his second of the game with a bullet midway through the second, and completed an ever-elusive footie hat-trick when he rifled his third of the game past Faith’s keeper after receiving a cross-in from freshman Martial Galay. Freemen freshman keeper Kyle Perry earned his second clean sheet of the season, and Providence took the game 3-0.

Providence coach Martin Ward left Friday’s game disappointed with his squad’s performance, but felt that his Freemen side responded well with their performance on Saturday.

“We just didn’t play well (in the match against Northland),” Coach Ward commented. “They won all the individual battles. It was a disappointing performance overall, but that happens sometimes and you have to adjust to that.”

“We always learn a lot from playing tough teams like Northland, and we came out in our second game against Faith more determined, and with a better attitude, and we had a better game.”

The Freemen will now spend the week preparing for their next big road trip as they make the 16-hour trek this week down to Missouri to face Central Christian College of the Bible and nationally-ranked Atlanta Christian College, in two match-ups that are integral in Providence’s season.

Notes: Andry Giesbrecht was robbed of a highlight-reel goal late in the second half, as he volleyed rocket at the Faith keeper via a bicycle kick, only to have his shot gloved out of bounds...freshman K Josh Friesen’s season officially came to an early end last week, as he went through surgery to repair his pinky broken in three places during a big save against Jamestown.

Written by:
Kaiten Critchlow

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