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Pilots compile perfect weekend record
The Providence Pilots soared above their opposition last week, winning all seven matches they played in multiple sports.
Men’s soccer captain Mitchell Martens scored twice and assisted another in a 4-0 trouncing of Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College, and a dominant performance from the women’s side was bookended with tallies by Rebecca Fentum-Jones and Courtney Engel.
Then there was the women’s volleyball team that went a perfect 5-0, and dropped just a single set, at the North Central University Invitational Tournament in Minneapolis.
Shayna Staerk, who was the Pilots’ Rookie of the Year last season, executed 62 kills, 23 digs, and six aces at the event while Sam Bridle contributed 170 assists, 26 digs, and six aces.
“I am very pleased with our play this past weekend in Minneapolis,” remarked head coach and Providence Director of Athletics Scott Masterson. “We played high-quality volley ball and made it very difficult for some good teams to challenge us. We had every player contributing in multiple ways and every area of our time improved through the weekend.”
He added: “If we keep playing like we did we will be a tough team to beat.”
Ditto the women’s soccer outfit.
After opening their schedule with a 1-0 win away to Iowa’s Faith Baptist Bible College on September 5 the ladies triumphed over ACC to extend their record to 2-0 on the campaign. Fentum-Jones opened the scoring in Shilo after only nine minutes when she pounced on a rebound created by Renata Nyhoff, and in the 79th Engel beat the goalkeeper with a 25-yard shot to the far, left corner.
“Our girls dominated possession and had a few good scoring opportunities,” reflected coach Joel Coursey. “Unfortunately, we could only get two past their ‘keeper.”
Finally, the Pilots men posted their first victory of the soccer season after dispatching nine-man ACC by a 4-0 scoreline in Shilo.
Still, it took 43 minutes for Martens to break the deadlock, although he completed his brace less than a minute later after turning Jose Sierra’s cross into goal. He added a helper of his own with 10 minutes remaining—his cut-back finding Gaetan Simard—and in the 85th Steven Ruchkall rounded out the scoring with an emphatic finish from in close.
“As we expected we created many chances but our finishing was somewhat wasteful and their ‘keeper made some clutch saves,” said coach Martin Ward. Overall we got the job done, so I am happy with that. But kudos to ACC for putting up a terrific fight.”
Ward also singled out Providence goalkeeper Liam Hodges, who made a handful of important saves in the first half.
Both soccer teams will now entertain Red River College on Saturday before travelling back to Brandon for Sunday appointments with Brandon University. The women’s volleyball squad will host the Providence Invitational Tournament early next month in Otterburne.
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