Oct. 26, 2018 – Talk about a win 24 years in the making.
The Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s soccer team continued their resurgent season, using goals from Sydney Hope and Vicki Noronha to upset The King’s University Eagles 2-1 in an ACAC quarterfinal matchup on Friday morning.
The win was the Kodiaks first women’s playoff win since 1994, when the program captured the CCAA national title in their first year of existence.
From the opening whistle, the Kodiaks had to work through some early playoff nerves.
The north division's second seeded Eagles carried the opening ten minutes of play, but a pair of huge glove save from Kodiaks goalkeeper Brittany Klein helped keep the game scoreless.
The Kodiaks then caught a break in the 12th minute, when an Eagles defender tripped up Kodiaks forward Vicki Noronha inside the TKU penalty area.
Showing nerves of steel, Sydney Hope stepped up to the spot and drilled the penalty into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 Kodiaks lead.
The lead would be short lived, as TKU came back to tie twelve minutes later. They earned their own penalty and converted to tie the score at one.
The game remained tied at the half, but the Kodiaks pulled ahead once play resumed thanks to a brilliant moment from Noronha.
Taking a free kick just outside the Eagle’s area, Noronha soared a shot into the top right corner of the Eagles net to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute.
Lethbridge played solid defensive soccer the rest of the way, although they did need to rely on Klein to make a pair of dangerous stops to secure the win. Klein was named the Kodiaks player of the game for her six save performance.
Looking ahead to the semis
The Kodiaks will now advance to Saturday morning's semifinal game against the host SAIT Trojans. Kick-off is set for 9:30 a.m. from SAIT’s Cohos Commons Field.
In their season series this past year, the Kodiaks fell to SAIT in both games - falling 3-0 on Sept. 8 and 4-1 on Sept. 30.