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Pilots Soccer Teams Kick Off MCAC Play
2014-09-16

The Providence University College Soccer teams have been busy in the first three weeks of school. This past weekend, the Men’s and Women’s soccer teams played their first games in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.

On Saturday, the CMU Blazers were in Otterburne for the Pilots first home games of the season. The Women kicked off the day in the extremely windy and cool conditions. It was the home side who got on the board first when Robyn Coffey of Winnipeg, MB let a shot go that slipped through the keeper’s hands over her head. Just 10 minutes later, Jessica Gzebb, a sophomore from Winnipeg, made a nice run down the right side and sniped a low driving shot in the bottom left corner. The score was 2-0 at half and remained that way until freshman midfielder Navreen Sidhu hit the top corner with a beautiful shot from just outside the box. Jessica Gzebb put the game out of reach when she netted her second of the game with a rush up the middle and beat the keeper top corner. The game ended with the Pilots winning 4-0.

The second game of the day had the Men from Providence against their rival CMU. The Blazers were the ones who came out as the more aggressive team right from the first whistle. The Pilots found themselves down a goal midway through the first half on a strike from Ben Wride of CMU. The Blazers kept the momentum going and extended their lead just before halftime with a beautiful header past the Pilots keeper. The second half was more of the same for the Pilots as they were able to generate some pressure but never able to convert on any of their chances. CMU added one more to take a commanding 3-0 lead. The teams fought hard for the remaining 25 minutes with neither team able to convert of chances on both ends. The Blazers ended a 16 match losing streak against Providence with their 3-0 win.

The Men’s and Women’s teams made their way to Brandon, MB on Sunday where they would face off against the newest members of the MCAC, Brandon University Bobcats. The Bobcats came out with a lot of pressure and the Pilots had to defend 5 scoring chances in the early minutes. After the early pressure, the visiting Providence team settled down and controlled the majority of play. Freshman Sydney Ciastko opened the scoring for the Pilots on a nice pass from Jessica Gzebb who split the BU defense. The second half started out much like the first with a lot of pressure from the Bobcats. The pressure paid off where they converted on a free kick to tie the game 1-1. It was looking like the teams would play to a draw until Stephanie Wamunga drove a low hard shot past the Brandon keeper to put the Pilots up 2-1 in the dying minutes. Providence fought off a late scoring chance to hold on and win 2-1 and remain undefeated on the season.

“We had good results this weekend but we still haven’t hit our stride,” Coach Giancarlo Calla said of his teams play. “Hopefully we can find it soon and play the style of ball we want to.”

The Providence Men started brightly against new-to-the-league Brandon University Bobcats and fired off 5 shots in as many minutes to start the game. In the 29th minute Dale Danso passed inside to Peter Garrecht who spun inside the defender and shot into the corner to open the scoring. 7 minutes into the second half, Mitchell Martens’ clever run and driven cross supplied a difficult chance for Garrecht who showed great agility to get airborne and score with a side foot volley from close range. Midway through the half Garrecht completed his hat trick when he converted a rebound to make it 3-0. On 88 minutes another penetrating run by Mitchell Martens ended when he was tripped in the penalty area and captain Jon Janke stepped up to fire the resulting PK into the corner. With time about to expire a mental lapse by the Pilots defense allowed a speedy Bobcats winger to race through unchallenged and score the Bobcats first MCAC goal to  make the final score 4-1 to Providence.

“I was very disappointed in our performance on Saturday against the Blazers but I have to give them credit for taking the game to us on our home field. They scored three very good goals and they outplayed us on the day and we have some work to do before the re-match in three weeks’ time,” Coach Martin Ward commented after the weekend. “On Sunday it was a different story and we defended intelligently, won the 50-50 battles in midfield and attacked with passion. Peter Garrecht has been working hard and improving every game and it was great to see the grin on his face when he scored his hat trick. It was a good team performance but Peter really stepped up today.”


 

 
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