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Providence Soccer Dominates in MCAC Action

There couldn’t have been more ideal conditions for soccer this past weekend. The weather was great and Pilots took full advantage of it as they traveled to Red River on Saturday while hosting ACC from Brandon on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Women’s soccer team from Providence had a chance to solidify their spot atop of the MCAC rankings against the second ranked Red River Rebels. The Pilots started the game intense and fired up. In the 12th minute, Robyn received the ball at half, made a turn and hit it from about 40 yards. The ball sailed over the keeper head, into the top corner. About 20 minutes later, Jessica Gzebb took a free kick that hit off the post and Jess Caul made a nice run in to finish off the rebound. The second half started off very even, with both teams trying to generate offense but neither team allowing it. The Pilots found an opening in the 72 min when Jessica Gzebb made a great run, turned with the ball and played a great through ball to Julika Kehler who finished with a low- hard shot to the corner. The game ended with a 3-0 win for the Pilots.

The Men are a part of a very close race in the standings and this weekend would be crucial for the Pilots to try and secure second overall. In the first half against the Rebels, playing with the strong wind at their backs, the Pilots threatened often but a Bailey Jacobsen shot that rang off the crossbar was the closest they came to making the advantage count. Against wind in the second half, Avery Ansah finished a slick passing combination from close ranch to make it 1-0. Shortly after, Liam Hodges saved a breakaway attempt by the Rebels to keep the momentum with Providence. The victory was sealed with a fine Peter Garrecht shot into the roof of the net in the 80th minute.

The scene switched back to Providence on Sunday where ACC Cougars came to town. Providence imposed their athleticism on the visiting Cougars and created far more chances throughout. Robyn Coffey led the Pilots with two goals on the afternoon. Kate Osadchuk, Jess Caul, and Jessica Gzebb added one each to secure the 5-1 victory and clinch the top seed in the MCAC heading into playoffs. 

After securing the top spot, Coach Giancarlo Calla commented on the next step of the season. “I was happy that we clinched 1st place in the league for the 3rd year in a row, it was one of our goals, but we all knew after the weekend that we have to get better and more focused with the most important two weeks of our season coming up. I think we will respond to the challenge".

In perfect playing conditions on Sunday, the Men from ACC put up a spirited fight but were outmatched by the speedy and tenacious Providence attack. Five goals in the first half and four in the second gave the Pilots a 9-0 win. Mitchell Martens had a productive afternoon with 3 goals and 3 assists. Devotion Ndlovu and Conroy Janzen each added a pair each and Josh Giesbrecht and Peter Garrecht added singles. Amani Kissu assisted on four of the goals and Thom Yang celebrated an impressive performance with an assist.

“The positive side to all our injuries early in the season is that we now have a squad where most players have had significant playing time,” Coach Martin Ward says of his team. “It is difficult to pick a starting 11 as we have good competition for starting roles. We played with more urgency and confidence this weekend and although I enjoyed the goals we scored, I was happier that we had two shutouts. We are progressing well towards the playoffs.”


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