Kodiaks soccer teams face important tests

Kodiaks soccer teams face important tests

Oct. 4, 2019 – The Lethbridge College soccer teams enter the homestretch of the season this weekend with a pair of games against long-time rivals. The Kodiaks visit the SAIT Trojans on Saturday, before hosting Olds College in Raymond on Sunday. 

Both teams currently hold down ACAC playoff spots and are coming off an unexpected break as their games against Ambrose University were snowed out on Sunday. The snow storm has rendered the Kodiaks home field unplayable again this weekend, forcing Sunday's move to the artificial turf facility in Raymond. 

Now the focus turns to the second half of the season, which begins on Saturday. 

MEN’S SOCCER 

Kodiaks (5-1) at Trojans (4-1) – 2 p.m. Saturday at SAIT
Kodiaks (5-1) vs Broncos (2-4) – 2 p.m. Sunday at Comet Stadium - Raymond

Before getting snowed out on Sunday, the Kodiaks men’s team was able to run its win streak to five games with a 1-0 win at Medicine Hat College on Saturday. Sodiq Adekunle (second year, General Studies, Lethbridge) had the lone Kodiaks goal, while Cody Ferguson (fourth year, General Studies, Lethbridge) earned his fourth shutout of the season.

The win moved the Kodiaks to 5-1, and pushed the team into sole possession of first place in the ACAC south division. The team moved up to eighth in the CCAA national rankings. 

Saturday will be a good test for the Kodiaks, as the SAIT Trojans enter the game with a 4-1 record, just three points behind Lethbridge for first place. The Kodiaks are responsible for the Trojans lone loss this season, as they knocked off the Calgary crew 2-1 on Sept. 22. The Kodiaks will then host the 2-4 Broncos on Sunday, and will look to repeat the effort that led to a 3-0 Kodiaks win on Sept. 21. 

Jimmy Bukuru (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) is tied for the south division scoring lead with eight goals, while Adekunle is tied for second with six goals.

Games begin at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Results will be available on the ACAC website this weekend. Admission is free to all Kodiaks home soccer games. 

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Kodiaks (4-1-1) at Trojans (2-2-1) – Noon Saturday at SAIT
Kodiaks (4-1-1) vs Broncos (5-1) – Noon Sunday at Comet Stadium - Raymond

The offense dried up for the Kodiaks women’s team in a scoreless tie with Medicine Hat last Saturday, but the team still has just one loss on the season and sits just two points out of first place in the ACAC south division.  

Despite sitting in second place in the ACAC south division, the 4-1-1 Kodiaks fell out of the CCAA rankings for the first time this season. They will begin the weekend looking for revenge against the Trojans, who handed the Kodiaks their only loss of the season two weekends ago, 2-0. The Trojans are in fifth place in the south division, but are still well within striking distance of an ACAC playoff position, so they’ll be hungry for a victory.

On Sunday, the Kodiaks host the first-place Olds College Broncos. The Kodiaks turned in their most impressive outing of the season on Sept. 21, when they blanked the Broncos 4-0 at Olds. The Kodiaks will look to capture that same magic on Sunday as they try to chase down the Broncos for first place in the south division.

Five different Kodiaks are tied for the team lead in scoring with two goals each, and nine different Kodiaks have found the back of the net this season. 

Games begin at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. Results will be available on the ACAC website this weekend. Admission is free to all Kodiaks home soccer games. 

CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING 

The Kodiaks cross country team is off from competition this week, but got good news from the first CCAA rankings of the season. The women’s team is the top-ranked team in Canada, while the men’s team is slotted in fifth place.

Last weekend at SAIT, the Kodiaks continued their strong season. Defending national champion Sophia Nowicki (third year, Nursing, Bragg Creek) once again crossed the finish line in first place, supported by Rosie Bouchard (first year, Renewable Resource Management, Okotoks) who finished third, as the Kodiaks women’s team placed first.

Connor Jackson (second year, Business Administration, Surrey, B.C.) placed on the podium for the first time this season, as he finished in second place. The Kodiaks team also placed second, as the top three teams were separated by just two points.

The Kodiaks travel to Edmonton for a race hosted by University of Alberta – Augustana next weekend.