Monday, October 4, 2021
Providence Soccer at Assiniboine Community College
Results: WSOC W 6-1, MSOC W 9-4
MCAC Record: WSOC 4-2-0, MSOC 5-1-0
The Pilots headed back up the number 1 highway for their second meeting with ACC Cougars. The struggling Cougars were able to get on the board in both games but were unable to fend off a pair of Pilots squads poised to climb the MCAC leaderboards. Pilots women’s soccer were able to tally 6 goals from 4 different players, including 1 goal from newcomer Sara Cadena, who landed in Manitoba only a few days ago. The men’s game was a little tighter but ultimately the high-flying offense of the Pilots, was too much for the Cougars to withstand. “It was a surprisingly tight game against ACC. We came out flat and they came out flying for the first 15 minutes. They were clinical in their chances,” noted coach Passi. “The guys eventually adapted to the field and put the game away, with some quality finishing.”
Providence Soccer vs Universite de Saint-Boniface
Results: WSOC L 1-2, MSOC W 2-1
MCAC Record: WSOC 4-3-0, MSOC 6-1-0
The Pilots were back on their home grass on Sunday, and excited for their matches with Les Rouges. The women’s squad was looking to improve on their previous meeting, which was a lopsided 0-4 road defeat. The game started much better for the Pilots, scoring early and holding the lead for the first 15 minutes. The intensity faded and Les Rouges were able to work their way back into the game. USB was eventually able to score the equalizing and go ahead goals, to finish the match with a 2-1 victory over the Pilots. “This was another up and down weekend for us, as our team struggled with putting two solid performances together. We came out strong against ACC and were able to share the minutes with our full team. Sunday, when it mattered more, the team was unable to match the physical play of USB and we allowed them to play their game. It was a good learning experience, which will allow us to grow as a team." Tory Walker
The men’s game was wild from start to finish. A fun game to watch, that had everything; goals, comebacks, cards, intensity, and late heroics. Both teams played evenly in the first half, sharing a couple clear chances, but neither team could convert. Les Rouges would capitalize on a PK early in the second half. Later in the half, the Pilots were given a red card, making the comeback even more challenging. Against all odds, and with time running out, the Pilots were able to mount their came back. Garreth Rayner added a pair of goals, propelling the Pilots to a 2-1 victory and the top of the MCAC leaderboard. Coach Passi shares, “we showed fantastic character and grit by coming back and stealing the game even though we were down a man with only 20 minutes to go. I would have been happy to walk away with a tie considering we were losing 1-0 and had to play down a player. The guys cooked up a beautiful play and slotted away a dramatic winner. Hats off to them for finding a way to pull it off. "Our game today showed heart and passion. Being down 1-0 with 10 men is never easy, but my brothers and I worked as a team and prevailed in the end," notes first year, Vincent Chukwuma.
The Pilots will matchup with the Blazers in Winnipeg this Wednesday before going on a brief break for Thanksgiving. When the Pilots come back, they will be making their final big push for playoff positioning.