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Pilots Fly High In Busy Weekend

This weekend’s soccer action got off to a spectacular start with a fly-over by the aviation students and an aerobatics instructor from Harv’s Air to celebrate the name change to Providence Pilots. The crowd of over 200 were treated to 10 planes flying above in formation along with the Top Gun theme song blaring from the speakers for the home opener of the 2013-14 season. After the air show, the fans were then presented an exciting soccer game as the men’s team took on Les Rouge from Universitaire de St. Boniface.

The Pilots got off to a great start, applying pressure early and scoring in the 5th minute, a nice pass behind the defense from Mitchell Martens setting up Arvid Neufeld to go ‘round the keeper and score. Arvid then created and scored a second goal at the 25 minute mark, robbing a defender on the edge of the penalty area and finishing clinically. St. Boniface showed they were not out of the game and came out strong in the second half and it took a string of crucial saves by Liam Hodges in the Prov goal to keep Les Rouges at bay. The game was then sealed in the 82 minute when a perfect through ball by Adrian Neufeld set his brother Arvid free to run through and blast the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick. Final score 3-0 to the Pilots.

Sunday’s games saw the Pilots travel to Winnipeg to take on the Red River Rebels. The women kicked things off on a very windy but sunny afternoon. In a contest in which the Pilots outshot the Rebels 20 to 3, there was no score until 83rd minute. Jessica Gzebb rifled in the only goal of the game off of a free kick. Both teams stood strong on defense as there were only 5 scoring chances allowed. Rosana Bergan of Niverville, MB has been solid in goal for the Pilots as she recorded her 3rd shutout in 5 games.

Playing with a strong gusty wind at their backs in the first half the Pilots dominated play and outshot the Rebels 21-1. The Rebels keeper however made some outstanding saves to frustrate the Pilots. Connor Wiebe was able to break the deadlock in the 20th minute though. A pass from Dale Danso sending the tall centre forward through to score. At 38 minutes a beautiful combination play from Adrian Neufeld and Connor gave Troy Lydiate the opportunity to use his speed and skill to score. In the second half, the Rebels had the wind advantage and their fighting spirit enabled them to pull a goal back in the 55th minute. The Pilots kept pushing forward however and were rewarded in the 85th minute when the hard working Ryan Fast squared the ball across the front of the goal for Connor Wiebe to tap in at the far post and end the game 3-1. The win was the fifth in a row for the Pilots who have outscored their opponents 19-2 this season.

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