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Pilots men’s soccer team captures first place in MCAC

Monday, February 5, 2018

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The Providence Pilots soccer teams went undefeated last weekend—the men’s side beating both the Red River College Rebels and Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface and the women drawing Red River and beating USB.

In women’s action, the Pilots braved a snow-filled soccer pitch as they took on the Rebels in Winnipeg. But despite the weather the Pilots pressed on, displaying their hard-nosed defense and rejuvenated offense en route to a 1-1 draw. The game match out weary, and the Rebels opened the scoring in the seventh minute. However, the women shifted gears and locked down the Rebels for the remainder, and star senior Julika Kehler scored a beauty midway through the second half.

The snow was gone by the time the men’s match kicked off, and it was almost as though the Pilots brought the heat as they scorched Red River 4-0. It was a match filled with quick play, fancy footwork and beautiful goals, and four different Providence players found the back of the net.

Against Les Rouges, Providence dominated its rivals, successfully defending their home turf.

In the women’s match, the Pilots established the flow of the game, controlling it both offensively and defensively. Though the Pilots lone goal came from senior midfielder Courtney Engel, the women out-shot USB 24-8.

Following the match Engel noted her side’s tenacity and determination. “This game was a grind and USB is a good team,” she said. “But our team worked together, stepped up, kept the intensity and fought hard for the win today.” The victory propelled the women to third place in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference standings.

Engel, Kehler and Kiran Hodges were honoured as graduating seniors after the 1-0 triumph.

The men, meanwhile, exacted revenge on a USB side that had beaten them earlier in the season, thrashing them 4-0. Providence looked to be in sync, and star Mexican winger Jorge Vilchis netted a brace with standout midfielder Romaine Francis assisting both goals. The Pilots are not first place in the MCAC with two matches to play.

Both Pilots teams will conclude their provincial schedules October 21 and 22 against Canadian Mennonite University and Assiniboine Community College.

Author - Naaman Sturrup

Naaman Sturrup

Athletic Writer

Naaman is a Communications & Media student, directing his writing interests to athletics.