Monday, February 5, 2018
Following their split results from last week’s contests with Saint-Boniface, the Providence Pilots soccer teams went into the weekend determined—the women’s side to keep on winning, the men to consolidate their Manitoba Colleges Athletic Association dominance.
In women’s action, the games against the Assiniboine Community College Cougars and Brandon University Bobcats were truly spectacles. Against ACC the Pilots dominated. Accurate passing, well-placed shots and a strong defense produced a 5-0 blowout win. Star forward Julika Kehler netted a hat-trick, and first-year student-athletes Zoe Kriznic and Emily Harder also tallied.
Sunday’s match against BU proved a tougher battle, with the Pilots’ 4-3 victory decided just minutes before stoppage time. The game was intense, and both sides gave a good display of their skills. In the 87th minute, and with the game level at three goals apiece, first-year defender Lindsey Dueck received a cross inside the 18-yard box and finessed the ball into the low, right-hand corner of the goal, sending the supporting Otterburne crowd into a frenzy.
“It was an unreal moment, scoring my first university goal on home field,” she remarked. I’m so proud of how we pushed so hard right to the end of that game. Our hard work is really starting to show.”
Head coach Tory Walker praised his team, commenting that they’ve really hit their stride.
“We’ve got our game figured out and we are healthy,” he said. “We know we can compete to be one of the top teams, and we went out there and proved it.”
The Pilots men, meanwhile, followed the women’s lead and thumped ACC 9-0 in Brandon. Five Providence players scored in the match, led by Colombian forward Juan Laufarie’s quartet of goals. Laufarie scored again the next day against BU—a match the Pilots won 3-0 to take a share of first place in the MCAC.
“We are finally putting some goals in the back of the net and controlling games like we want to,” commented head coach Joey Passi. “Juan is finding his feet and looked more like the elite goal-scorer I know with six goals over two games.”