Oct. 7, 2019 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s soccer team woke up in first place on Monday, following a four-point weekend that featured a dramatic last-minute tie at SAIT and an impressive home victory over Olds.
On Saturday the team managed to salvage a point at SAIT, battling back from a 3-1 second half deficit and scoring the tying marker from the penalty spot with less than five minutes to play.
The Kodiaks then leapfrogged Olds College in the standings after a 2-0 victory over the Broncos on Sunday, in a home game played in Raymond, AB.
Lethbridge will now prepare to host rival Medicine Hat next Sunday for a Thanksgiving weekend clash starting at noon. Admission is free at Servus Centre Field.
Saturday, Oct. 5: Kodiaks 3 at SAIT 3
Recap written by SAIT Trojans Sports Information
The SAIT Trojans women's soccer team need points if they want to reach the post-season, and Saturday they could only manage one.
The short-handed Trojans gave up a two-goal lead, as they found themselves having to settle for a 3-3 tie with the visiting Lethbridge College Kodiaks in their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) game played at SAIT's Cohos Commons Field.
"We talked on the sideline, saying: 'Why are we up two goals and playing so defensively, they tie it, and then in the last four minutes we get aggressive again and almost score?'," said Trojans coach John Talerico. "It's frustrating."
SAIT falls to 2-2-2 on the season, while the Kodiaks move to 4-1-2.
The Trojans opened the scoring in the sixth minute when they were awarded a penalty kick that Skye Gordon (3rd year, Langley, BC, Bachelor of Business Administration) made good on.
Lethbridge tied it up 21 minutes later when Vicky Noronha scored the first of her two goals on the day.
Right before the half, SAIT's Jade Metz (1st year, Calgary, Bachelor of Business Administration) scored her first of two goals on the day to put the Trojans up 2-1.
After the break, Metz found herself in the right spot again, as a loose ball came right to her, and she made no mistake.
"She was working through some pain today, which was awesome to see because we only had 11 players today," Talerico added. "A lot of our players dug in today, and I respect them for that."
Noronha's second of the contest cut the lead to 3-2 before the Trojans were called for hauling down a Kodiaks player in the box. They were awarded a penalty shot, and Olivia DePasquale found the back of the net to tie it in the 86th minute.
"I'll say we got a good result, not an excellent result today," Talerico finished. "I'm happy with the point, but man, it's a funny game sometimes."
Sunday, Oct. 6: Olds College 0 at Kodiaks 2
With first place on the line, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s soccer team delivered one of their best performances of the year on Sunday, earning an important 2-0 victory over Olds College.
Entering the game winless in their last three matches, the Kodiaks came out with a determined effort in search of first in the ACAC south division. They completely dominated possession in the first half, outshooting Olds 13-4 in the opening 45 minutes.
The Broncos bent, but didn’t break, thanks to their rookie keeper Jewels Hallock, who made 11 saves to keep things scoreless at halftime.
The game remained scoreless until the 70th minute, when Kodiaks rookie Khloe Jankowiak continued her breakout campaign. She caught Hallock flat-footed with a surprise shot from mid-field, sailing it over her head for a one-nil Kodiaks lead.
Vicki Noronha then added insurance for the home side in the 88th minute, popping a nice header into the left corner of the net.
It was Noronha’s third goal in just her second game of the season, marking an impressive return from an injury that had kept her on the sidelines until this weekend.
Lethbridge keeper Micaela Stone was steady when called upon, making four saves to record her fourth clean sheet of the season.
The Kodiaks improved to 5-1-1, overtaking Olds for first place in the ACAC south division by a single point.
The Lethbridge side now prepares to host a Thanksgiving weekend rivalry match against Medicine Hat next Sunday at Servus Centre Field. Game time is set for noon and admission is free for all ages.