Monday, February 5, 2018
Despite finishing the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference regular season atop their respective standings, the Providence Pilots soccer teams came up just short in last weekend’s play-offs.
The women found themselves in their toughest match of the campaign to date and went into extra time with the Brandon University Bobcats tied at a goal apiece. In the end, it was the Bobcats who prevailed on penalty kicks.
Although they exited the play-offs at the semi-final stage women’s head coach Tory Walker praised his team’s resilience, saying, “I’m proud with how we played and fought. It could have gone either way.”
The men, meanwhile, edged the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers in extra time in their semi-final before going up against reigning MCAC champions Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface.
Although it was a cold Sunday afternoon both teams played the championship match with desperation. A first-half Saint-Boniface goal proved the eventual winner of a tight affair and took Les Rouges to a fourth straight title.
Nevertheless, Pilots coach Joey Passi chose to look ahead to this weekend’s National Christian College Athletic Association Regional Championship in Dubuque IA. “This has only made us stronger and hungrier for regionals,” he remarked. “We’ll be ready.
Both Pilots teams will kick off the NCCAA tournament on Friday.