The Providence Pilots women’s soccer team found the back of the net with regularity last weekend, scoring 12 goals over two matches in Ankeny, IA.
Having lost in each of their previous two outings, the Pilots held a 2-1 lead against host Faith Baptist Bible College before Katerina Cook notched an insurance marker just prior to the hour-mark. Claire Yager and Breanna Bedard—the latter of whom scored twice in the match—then put the finishing touches on Thursday’s 5-1 triumph.
Bedard, a first-year forward from Selkirk, bagged her third goal of the weekend in the following day’s 7-2 thrashing of Minneapolis, MN’s North Central University. Kristy Yashuk and Caleigh Peden both scored twice in the romp, and Providence outshot their National Christian College Athletic Association rivals 28-4.
“This was a great week for our team. The long road trip and great performances really helped us build some confidence,” remarked head coach Tory Walker. “We feel like we’ve been playing some really great soccer lately but weren’t getting the results. This week the ball finally seemed to find the back of the net.”
Walker also pointed out that the two wins showcased a variety of goal-scorers.
The men’s soccer team also beat Faith Baptist Bible College on Thursday, scoring 26 seconds after kick-off en route to a 3-0 win. Brock Dueck scored twice in the win and Herby Magny assisted all three goals.
On Friday the Pilots fell 1-0 to North Central University in extra time, and on Saturday they lost 1-0 to Forest City, IA’s Waldorf University.
“Overall it was a good trip,” analyzed head coach Joey Passi, who also underlined the difficulty of playing three matches in three days. “I thought our defense was pretty good, but our offense as a team can use some work. I think the guys are starting to figure it out, and as we nail down a couple more things I really think we’re going to challenge for every tournament this year.”
In basketball, the Pilots men put a pair of recent losses behind them as they beat Canadian Mennonite University 92-82 on Thursday and Red River College 77-71 on Saturday. Both wins came in front of home Otterburne crowds.
“The best part about this weekend was that everyone was focused,” said Braxton Phommarath, a fourth-year guard from Steinbach. “The coach has done a great job getting everyone on the same page, especially with the young team we have this year.”
Coach Pierre Dubreuil added that hard work on the defensive side of the ball, as well as a focus on energy in offense, paid off with the two wins.
“The team is on the right path and needs to keep up its good effort and attitude we saw this weekend,” he said. “Our fans have also been amazing during our home games.”