Sept. 25, 2019 - Looking to continue their best start to a season since 1994, the Kodiaks women's soccer team faced two tough tests last weekend.
On Saturday, they traveled to Olds to take on the undefeated and nationally ranked Broncos. Knowing they needed their "A" game to come out with a positive result, the Kodiaks used airtight defence and filled the back of the net with regularity to knock off the Broncos 4-1.
Unfortunately the momentum from Saturday's win failed to carryover when they returned home on Sunday, as a desperate SAIT Trojans used a pair of opportunistic goals to down the Kodiaks 2-0.
The Kodiaks are now in second place in the ACAC south division, three points back of Olds, although the Kodiaks have played one fewer match. Lethbridge will travel down Highway 3 to clash with rival Medicine Hat College next Saturday, before returning home Sunday to play Ambrose at Servus Centre Field.
Saturday, Sept. 21 - Kodiaks 4 at Olds College 0
Recap written by Olds College Sports Information
The Olds College Broncos women's soccer team lost 4-0 to the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in the "Local Student Appreciation Game" Saturday, Sept. 21 at Richardson Pioneer Field.
Lethbridge struck early in the game with Dairy Holmes breaking through off a lead pass from Haylie Shoults and shot the ball to the right of sprawling Olds goalie Jewels Hallock.
The teams went back and forth the remainder of the first half.
Shots at halftime were 20-4 for Lethbridge with shots on goal 10-4 for the Kodiaks, and both teams had a corner kick.
Lethbridge extended their lead when Holmes gave a lead pass to Christine Moser who shot the ball far side and into the net past Hallock.
Bryce Sherring extended the Lethbridge lead when she took a pass from Olivia DePasquale and had a scramble goal in front of the net.
Hallock made a brilliant save minutes later to keep the Broncos in the game before Shoults took another feed from Holmes to make the score 4-0 with 22 minutes left in the game.
Player of the game for Lethbridge was midfielder Jasmin Salmon and the Pit Barbecue Player of the Game for the Broncos was defender Kassidy Kelly.
Shots were 36-7 for Lethbridge with Olds goalie Jewels Hallock making 15 saves and Lethbridge's Micaela Stone making five saves.
Sunday, Sept. 22 - SAIT Trojans 2 at Kodiaks 0
The Kodiaks returned home on a high Sunday, looking to extend their undefeated run to start the season.
Instead it was a SAIT Trojan team desperate for a win that prevailed in a chippy affair at Servus Centre Field.
It was an even start for both teams as the Kodiaks kept good composure with their possession. The Trojans created a couple great opportunities but it was not enough to get by the Kodiaks defence. Alexandra Morrison had the best early scoring chance for the Kodiaks in the 28th minute, receiving a ball from teammate Khloe Jankowiak which provided her the opportunity to get a shot off. Trojans goalkeeper Amy Offredi was up to the task and came up with a two handed save.
It quickly turned into a physical half as both teams drew a handful of fouls each. The Trojans turned up the tempo after a couple of close attempts on net. In the 38th minute, Trojans winger Taylor Zimmer came through the counter side and was able to get a pass through the Kodiak's defence, finding Kenzie Georgsen all alone. The Trojan striker had no issue burying the first goal of the game to give the visitors the lead.
As the game continued, emotions stayed high. An altercation just before half resulted in Kodiaks defender Ailsa Fallow receiving a red card for violent conduct, after retailating against Trojan's captain Skye Gordon, who also received a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play.
Already down one on the scoreboard, being down a player on the field for the remainder of the match made a comeback an uphill challenge for the Kodiaks.
The Trojans took control of possession in the second half as they looked to increase their lead, although the Kodiaks created chances for themselves. Olivia DePasquale had a perfect opportunity to even the score early in the second half but sailed a shot over the cross bar.
SAIT later put the game away in the 66th minute with another tally from Georgsen. Gordon used a free kick to make a crisp pass to Georgsen all alone in front, and the Trojans striker easily tapped in her second goal of the afternoon.
While the Kodiaks played with one player short for majority of the game, they continued to work hard and kept possession in the Trojan's zone for much of the remainder of the game. Unfortuantely time ran out, dropping the Kodiaks to 4-1 on the season. SAIT improves to 2-2-1.