Sept. 12, 2018 – It’s the first multi-sport ACAC weekend of the season for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. The cross country team opens a new season in Calgary, while the soccer teams head to Medicine Hat.
Saturday - women: noon men: 1 p.m.
St. Mary's University
The Kodiaks hit the trails for the first time this season at an ACAC grand prix meet in Calgary, co-hosted by SAIT and St. Mary’s University.
On the women’s side, the Kodiaks will once again be led by the dynamic duo of Sophia Nowicki (second year, Nursing, Bragg Creek, Alta.) and Emily Spencer (third year, Nursing, Calgary). As a rookie, Nowicki finished third at nationals last season and was named ACAC rookie of the year. With a year of experience under her belt, she appears poised to take a run at an ACAC championship this year. Her teammate, Spencer, will also be in the mix for an ACAC medal after finishing sixth in the conference last season. Led by that dynamic duo, the Kodiaks believe they’ll be in the mix for an ACAC team championship.
On the men’s side, the Kodiaks believe a pair of rookies are poised to make their mark immediately and challenge for ACAC titles. Timothy Kimaiyo (first year, General Studies, Kenya) continues the Kodiaks proud tradition of bringing in top runners from Kenya. Six Kenyans have previously won ACAC individual men’s titles for the Kodiaks. Connor Jackson (first year, General Studies, Surrey, B.C.) was a top high school recruit and will make his Kodiaks debut this weekend.
The Kodiaks will host a ACAC grand prix next weekend, as the team hosts the “Run for the Pumpkin” at Nicholas Sheran Park. A full season preview will be provided next week.
Sunday – women noon, men 2 p.m. – Medicine Hat College
Men: Kodiaks (1-1-0) vs Rattlers (1-1-0)
The Kodiaks men had an opening weekend split, but probably deserved a better fate after giving up two very late goals as SAIT took a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Lethbridge in the season opener for both teams. But the Kodiaks responded with a 2-1 victory at Olds College on Sunday. Wilson Ntignee (third year, Administrative Office Professional, Nigeria) and Jimmy Bukuru (second year, General Studies, Lethbridge) each scored twice on the opening weekend.
The Rattlers and Kodiaks come into this contest evenly matched, as the Rattlers also lost to SAIT and beat Olds on the opening weekend, each by 2-0 scores. The Kodiaks will hope to take advantage of being the more well-rested team as the Rattlers will host Ambrose University on Saturday. Sunday’s game is the first of two meetings between the Kodiaks and Rattlers this season.
Women: Kodiaks (0-1-1) vs Rattlers (0-2-0)
A young and inexperienced Kodiaks team held its own on a tough opening weekend against SAIT and Olds. Against the defending conference champion Trojans in their season opener, the Kodiaks held the high-powered SAIT offense to just three goals in a 3-0 loss. On Sunday, the Kodiaks went toe-to-toe with the Broncos and were a crossbar away from earning a victory, before settling for a 1-1 draw. Rookie Bryce Sherring (first year, Interior Design Technology, Yorkton, Sask.) had the weekend’s lone goal for the Kodiaks.
The Rattlers are still searching for their first point of the ACAC season, following a 2-1 loss to Olds and a 6-0 defeat against SAIT.