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Pilots Soccer Soars Through Weekend

The Providence University College Pilots soccer teams once again had a busy weekend as they traveled to CMU in Winnipeg on Saturday and hosted Brandon University on Sunday.

The Pilots Women kicked things off in style at CMU on Saturday. It was a relentless attack from start to finish from the visiting team. Kate Osadchuk had 3 goals to lead the way while Julika Kehler had 2 goals of her own. Jessica Gzebb, Jess Caul, and Danille Stone rounded out the scoring that led to an 8-0 win for Providence.
The Men went in to this match looking to avenge their loss against the Blazers from a couple of weeks prior but found themselves down 1-0 just before half. With the wind helping them, the Pilots applied heavy pressure in the second half and tied the score when Eric Plett found the back of the net. CMU went up 2-1 late on a defensive miscue. The Pilots poured on the pressure in the dying seconds and Captain Jon Janke was able to net the tying goal and complete the comeback. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Sunday, the action moved the Otterburne where Providence hosted the Brandon University Bobcats. The Women kicked off the day with a nail biter against the Bobcats. Julika Kehler continued her strong year when she opened up the scoring in the first half. Robyn Coffey added another goal to put the Pilots up 2-0 at half. Brandon came back in the second half with two goals of their own to tie the game late. It was looking like that game would end in a tie until Julika Kehler again put one past the keeper with a beautiful top corner shot. The Pilots held on and secured a big 3-2 win.

For the men, Mitchell Martens had the crowd roaring in the 13th minute when his screamer put the Pilots on the board. Martens then provided a beautiful ball through the defense for Avery Ansah who sent a perfect shot past the keeper to go up 2-0. Devotion Ndlovu capped a superb play with his first Providence goal lead Brandon 3-0 at half. The Bobcats snuck one by goalie Liam Hodges to make it 3-1 but any thoughts of a comeback were snuffed out when Mitch Martens scored his second of the game just 5 minutes later. Peter Garrecht celebrated his return from injury with a powerful swerving shot on the run to seal a 5-1 victory.

“We got punished for a couple of mistakes on Saturday but overall we are starting to defend well as a team and we are starting to anticipate plays rather than react to what’s happening,” Coach Martin Ward comments on his teams play. “We scored some great goals on Sunday and it was nice to give our home fans something to get excited about, especially since the weather was so cold.”


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