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Pilots Split Weekend Results

The Providence University College soccer teams once again had a full weekend hosting the Red River Rebels on Saturday and traveled to Brandon to take on the Assiniboine Community College Cougars on Sunday.

The Women from Providence kicked off the action on Saturday against the only other team in the MCAC who hasn’t lost a game yet. The Pilots controlled the ball in the beginning moments of the game and freshman Danielle Stone opened the scoring under a minute in. Red River managed to tie the game before half with some great pressure. After half, the Rebels came out as the more aggressive team and took the lead midway through the second half. Red River put the game out of reach when they converted on a penalty kick late in the game. The 3-1 loss to the Rebels handed Providence their first loss of the year.

The Men got the start they wanted against RRC, attacking strongly and pinning the Rebels in their own half. Prov opened the scoring after 10 minutes from a free kick just outside the penalty area when senior Dale Danso scored his first Providence goal with a hard shot to the corner. Two minutes later Mitchell Martens was tripped inside the penalty area and he confidently scored from the resulting penalty kick. Despite controlling most of the first half, the Rebels got a momentum changing goal just before half. Red River came out of halftime fired up and The Rebels had the wind at their backs and came out strong in the second half scoring a tying goal from a set piece after 5 minutes.


                                    Photo by: Danille Reid

On Saturday, the Pilots were in Brandon to take on the ACC Cougars. The Women got the rebound game they were looking for. Steinbach’s Julika Kehler got the Pilots on the board for the only goal in the first half. The second half is where Providence found their game. Julika completed her hat trick and Navreen Sidhu fired in 2 goals of her own to round out the scoring. The Pilots earned a 5-0 win over ACC to improve to 3-0-1 in the MCAC.

For the most part in the Men’s game, it was one way traffic towards the Cougars goal. The Pilots went ahead after 10 minutes with Eric Plett scoring his first of the season from Mitchell Martens pass. Dale Danso then scored his second in as many games with a fine shot to the bottom corner. ACC did prove dangerous on a breakaway in the early stages and only two fine saves by Goal Keeper Liam Hodges kept the Cougars off the scoreboard. Further goals from Mitchell Martens, Conroy Janzen, Dale Danso and a first for Amani Kissu made it a comfortable 6-0 at the half. The second half was notable with the first Providence goal for another senior defender, Daniel Rempel, as he slotted home a penalty kick. The scoring was rounded out with a second goal from Conroy Janzen to make it 8-0.

“This is proving to be a very up and down season for us. We play well in some games and are very fragile in others,” Coach Martin Ward said of his team’s results. “We started the year being very slow to get going in games so we adjusted our system to be more attacking minded. Now we are starting strong but not fighting for the whole game. It is frustrating not playing to our capability, especially at home. Our fans have been so supportive though and it is good to know they will continue cheering us on even when we struggle. That is when we need them the most.”


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