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Pilots Soccer Teams Start Strong

The Providence Pilots soccer teams traveled to North Central University in Minneapolis on August 30th and 31st to compete in Regional games for the first games of the 2013-14 season.

The women’s team got the season started on Friday as they faced the host NCU Rams. In their last meeting, the Rams edged the Pilots in the Regional Final last year in dramatic fashion. This year, however, would be a different story. Providence had control of the game from start to finish and cruised to a 4-1 victory over their division rival.

“Our games went well. We didn’t really know what to expect for our first weekend, considering we all met each other a week ago. We started the game intense and took it to NCU physically. They had no answer. We applied pressure from the start and were forcing corner after corner. We dominated start to finish,” Coach Giancarlo stated after the game. Kate Osadchuk of Brandon, MB tallied 3 goals in the opener. Jessica Gzebb added the fourth.

The Providence Pilots men’s soccer season started on Friday against the NCU Rams as well. The Pilots came out flying in the first half against NCU and their constant pressure was rewarded after 15 minutes when a shot by Steinbach, MB native Arvid Neufeld was bobbled by the ‘keeper and Eric Plett was on the spot to bundle the ball in. Eight minutes later Neufeld headed his first goal of the season from a cross by freshman Mitchell Martens. 27 minutes in, Neufeld buried another on a free kick in the corner of the net to make it 3-0. The second half saw more attacking play from Providence but NCU came into the game more and Liam Hodges in the Pilots goal had to be alert to stifle a couple of breakaway chances. The Rams managed a consolation goal with the last kick of the game when a cross from near the corner flag deceived everyone and snuck in at the far post.

Saturday saw both soccer teams face Faith Baptist Bible College. Despite a quick 3-0 start, the women weren’t at their best to start off the game. A few turnovers and missed opportunities had the game stay pretty close until the halftime whistle. An inspired talk in the locker room at half kick started better play in the second half. 5 goals in the second half led to an 8-0 victory for the Pilots. Kate Osadchuk had another hat trick while Julika Kehler of Steinbach, MB had 5 goals in her breakout game as a freshman.

The second game of the weekend for the men’s team pitted the Pilots against an inexperienced Faith Eagles team who had difficulty picking up the runs of the Providence forwards. Early strikes by Connor Wiebe and Mitchell Martens were followed by goals from Arvid Neufeld, a second by Connor Wiebe and a penalty kick won by Ryan Fast and converted by Jon Janke. Second half goals by freshman Riel Major and senior Martial Galay rounded out the scoring to make the final result 7-0.

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