Monday, February 5, 2018
Facing Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface the Providence Pilots soccer teams entered last weekend with a streak-oriented mindset. The men’s team aimed to keep their 3-0 winning run alive; the women’s outfit was determined to halt their 0-3 start to the season.
In women’s action, the Pilots established the tone and rhythm of the game early. A hard and stable defense, coupled with a commanding offense, had Les Rouges on their heels the entire game and produced a 2-0 Providence win.
After going scoreless in their first three games, freshman Zoe Kriznic scored the Pilots’ first goal of the season with a beautiful chip, assisted by Lindsey Dueck, over the goalkeeper at the 12th minute. This game also saw star forward Julika Kehler return to action. Subbed in after 26 minutes, last year’s top scorer immediately made an impact on the field and found the back of the net with a beautiful strike from outside the 18-yard box in the 29th minute.
When asked how she felt returning from injury, Kehler stated, “It felt great to take another step in recovery and being able to come out with a goal with the short amount of time I was out there for. I'm encouraged for this season and I'm happy about today's results.”
Commenting on his team’s first win of the campaign, head coach Tory Walker expressed relief at finally getting on the scoreboard.
“Once we found the back of the net, the second one followed quickly,” he said. “I think the team is going into next week with a lot of confidence knowing we can score and play the type of soccer we want.”
In Saturday’s later kick-off both Providence and Saint-Boniface approached the match undefeated. From the opening whistle the game was intense, and solid defense and strategic offense on both sides made for an evenly-contested encounter.
The Pilots came out firing, scoring the first two goals of the game. Star freshman Romaine Francis scored a lovely goal shortly after the half-hour mark, and Hunter Robertson continued his scoring ways, converting Herby Magny’s cross in the 36th minute.
However, after Les Rouges responded with a goal of their own in the 39th minute, and two more in the second half, the Pilots suffered their first defeat of the season.
Both Providence soccer teams will next play on October 30 at Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College.
(Top to bottom: Julika Kehler; Phieron Wilson.)