Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Providence Soccer at USB Les Rouges
Results: WSOC L 0-3, MSOC W 2-0
MCAC Record: WSOC 6-5-0, MSOC 8-1-2
With the MCAC Championships just around the corner, the Pilots soccer programs head into the final week with two massive match ups and playoff implications on the line. The women’s soccer team came up against a strong Les Rouges team on home turf. The Pilots played well throughout the first half and beginning of the second creating lots of quality chances but ended up giving a few goals in the last half allowing USB to run away with the game.
The Pilots men’s team came into the final week with must win games in order to remain atop the MCAC standings heading into the playoffs. The mid-week tilt under the lights vs Les Rouges was the first of two steps to accomplish the goal. The Pilots created an enormous amount of chances in the first half while the second half was a complete back and forth battle between the two playoff contenders. Key contributions for the Pilots in the win came from Jay Virk with an outstanding goal from 25 yards out in addition to Sean Kirkpatrick’s solid defence throughout the night.
Both Pilots squads worked hard for 90 minutes under the lights in Winnipeg. With a few days of preparation remaining, both teams travelled back to the Otterburne campus ahead of the regular season finale vs. CMU Blazers on October 24th.
Providence Soccer vs CMU Blazers
Results: WSOC W 8-0, MSOC W 4-1
MCAC Record: WSOC 7-5-0, MSOC 9-1-2
It all came down to this. The final MCAC regular season contest with playoff standings on the line. Both the men’s and women’s Pilots team’s came out flying vs rival CMU Blazers in what was an afternoon to remember. The Pilots women’s team came storming out of the gate with a massive 8 goals through 90 minutes with Makayla Myer notching 3 of them. The Pilots finish the season with 7 wins and 3 of the top 5 goal scorers in the entire conference: Makayla Myer (14), Anna Green (10), and Paige Heide (8). Key contributor of the game, Myer had this to say about her final regular season game as a Pilot: “It was surreal playing my last home game against CMU with these ladies and we were able to put everything we have worked on all season and win our last home game, before heading into finals weekend. Our team has really come together over the past season I can wait to see where MCAC finals takes us with all the dedication and hard work our players have put into this team.” Coach Tory Walker was ecstatic with the finish of the regular season stating that “all year as a team we have been growing and getting better, our focus this whole season has been focusing on the process, whether that be in training sessions or games. The team is focused and I believe ready for the MCAC Championships this next weekend. We wont be an easy team to take down and I believe this group is poised to surprise and fight for that title.”
The Pilots men’s team also took an important win on Sunday to clinch first place in the MCAC standings heading into playoffs. After a close first half, the Pilots spread the board and scored three nice goals to secure the win with 2 of those goals claimed by Abraham Kollie Jr. Coach Passi shared his joy of the week’s results stating that this was a “fantastic week for us overall. We wanted to finish #1 in the regular season and we knew we needed to win both games to do that and we did. Hats off to the boys who did a fantastic job performing under pressure. The game against USB was a very good game where we created lots of chances. The game against CMU we struggled a bit in the first half but eventually found our scoring boots. Proud of where we finished but we know the real deal is next weekend. I'm excited to get started."
In addition to the outstanding wins from both teams, the Providence Pilots recognized all graduating seniors for their tremendous accomplishments on the pitch and in the classroom over the years with the programs. Graduating senior student-athletes for the women’s team included: Chloe Jan, Makayla Myer, Jaime Fourchalk and Lindsey Dueck, while on the men’s side, Israel Olukoju and Giovanni Benitez were recongized for their many years of service to the program.
The Pilots soccer teams will now head to Brandon, MB., to take part in the MCAC championships this coming weekend! Be sure to cheer on your Pilots in person or online webcasts as they make their push to win the conference Championships and seek to earn a birth to the CCAA National championships in November!