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MCAC Soccer Championships

The Women’s Soccer team from Providence University College had the story book ending they were looking for this past Sunday. Not only did they capture their third straight MCAC Championship, they were able to do so in front of their home crowd.

Providence was the scene for the 2014 MCAC Soccer Championships. The Women’s team from Providence faced off against the CMU Blazers in Saturdays semi-final match. The Pilots would end up dominating the afternoon affair highlighted by two goal performances from newly crowned MCAC Regular Season MVP Julika Kehler and the semi-final player of the game, Jess Caul. The Pilots won the match by a score of 6-0 which put them in the Championships match against the Red River Rebels.

Sundays Championships started off in almost perfect conditions. The top two seeds from the regular season took the field on a decently warm and calm afternoon. As play begun it was anything but calm for the home team. The Rebels supplied the early pressure with chances in close. This pressure was met by an outstanding performance by the Pilots goalie, Kate Osadchuk. The strong showing in net early gave the offense a spark. The wind starting picking up and so did the chances for Providence. The continued attack earned the Pilots a free-kick which the Finals Player of the Game, Jessica Gzebb, took and converted on a beautiful shot that found the corner to give the Pilots a 1-0 lead going into half.

The play in the second half was spent mostly in the neutral zone. Both teams had trouble setting up any real scoring chances. The Rebels tried to gain the offensive zone but was met each time by a strong defensive core from the Pilots. After battling out 45 hard fought minutes in the second half, the Providence Pilots were able to hold on to their 1-0 lead and win their third straight MCAC Championship.

Jess Caul, a sophomore forward, received the Final Fours MVP trophy for her incredible play over the two games during the Championship weekend. Caul showed off her speed throughout the weekend and was a big part in her team’s success.

The most anticipated match of the four semi-finals was the final match on the card Saturday afternoon. The home team and second seed, Providence Pilots, took on the third seed Red River Rebels. There wasn’t much separating these teams on paper as they both finished the regular season with 5 wins and they had both taken a game off of each other in their two meetings this season.

In a brilliant display of soccer throughout the match, both teams had chances to open the scoring. Liam Hodges, goalie for the Pilots, came up with a few more saves that kept the Pilots in the game. The teams played to a 0-0 score at half time. The wind was picking up and the sun was soon setting as the game remained scoreless after regulation time.

It wasn’t long into overtime where Red River’s pressure and hard work paid off for them. A long shot came into the goal area where Diego Santos found himself at the right place at the right time. He pounced on a rebound that gave them the win and a berth to Sundays Final. The loss meant for the Pilots meant a new Champion would be crowned in the 2014 MCAC Championships on the Men’s side.

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