Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The Providence Pilots women’s soccer team picked a really good time to have one of their best weekends of the year, and it propelled them into a playoff position this upcoming weekend in the MCAC Semi-Final. The Pilots came up with a 0-0 tie on Saturday against Canadian Mennonite University Blazers and a big 4-1 win on Sunday against Assiniboine Community College Cougars, as they picked up four of a possible six points.
On the men’s side, two wins the week before against Red River College and University of Saint Boniface helped them clinch a playoff spot for this Saturday.
Coincidentally both Pilot soccer teams will now face long time school rivals Canadian Mennonite University Blazers on Saturday in the semi-final of the MCAC Championship.
Braeden Owen, captain of the men’s team, had this to say about the upcoming weekend: “We're very excited to play CMU. Long time rivals at our school and it's always an intense game when we play them. We played them last year in the semi finals as well and it was a close contest. We're looking forward to the weekend and are motivated as a team to practice hard this week in preparation for the weekend in hopes to repeat our matchup last year in beating them in the semi finals.”
Coach Joey Passi echoed some of Braeden’s comments by saying, “We love playing CMU. We’ve had many great match ups with them in the past (including last year’s MCAC’s), and I expect this one to be another great game. They play some good possession out of the back and play nice soccer with good passing. As for us, we feel great about where our game is at compared to the start of the year and we feel confident going into this match up. We know our identity, we know our strengths, and the chemistry on our team has come together nicely. Our athleticism and attacking is a force when it’s on, and ever since our second trip to the US it’s been on. Finally, our defense has been one of the best in the MCAC all year. It’s going to be a fun game. Hopefully the weather holds up.”
For the women’s soccer team, centre midfielder Claire Yager gave her insight on how she feels the team is preparing. She said, “I’m so proud of the team for the way we worked together and persevered to get us into playoffs. This next weekend will no doubt be some big games for us. CMU never fails to give us a good battle but I know we are ready to come out even stronger and more ready than before. This is the weekend we have been building up to all season and we know that no matter what, we have each other but we are also super excited to play some more great soccer against some good competition.”
“The excitement around making playoffs again this year with such a young team has been fun for me as a coach,” said head coach Tory Walker. “This week we will fine tune our systems and formation, and work on our game plan. We have not beat CMU this year—the first result was a loss and last week was a tie. We have our work cut out for us and I believe this team is up to the task.”
The Pilots play at the Waverly Complex in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Saturday, October 27th. Women play at 12:00 PM, and Men play at 2:15 PM. Come out and support your Pilots!