At first look, the informal soccer fan may assume there have been some typos on the Alberta Faculty’s Athletic Convention (ACAC) web site’s girls’s soccer scores; a number of the Lethbridge Faculty Kodiaks video games have had outcomes that look extra like hockey scores.
By means of the six-game common season, solely as soon as did Lethbridge put up lower than 4 objectives in a recreation; twice netting six and as soon as discovering the online 12 instances in 90 minutes, in opposition to the Olds Faculty Broncos.
“ it’s a high-risk, high-reward type of recreation, however we wish that, we wish to be entertaining,” mentioned head coach Sean Carey, who’s in command of each the faculty’s girls’s and males’s groups.
The Kodiaks girls totaled 33 objectives via their six common season video games, and Olivia DePasquale was a serious contributor to that high-octane offense.
DePasquale led the staff with 9 objectives within the common season; however Carey says egocentric play was by no means even a query with the second-year Kodiak, who additionally leads your complete ACAC with eight assists.
“That comes right down to arduous work, that comes right down to management, and you realize we’re thrilled that she’s going to be within the operating for participant of the 12 months,” Carey mentioned.
DePasquale didn’t take any credit score when requested what’s clicked for her this season, as a substitute crediting staff chemistry and communication.
“I’d say our communication as an entire. We’re nice at working the ball round after we’re on our recreation, and it’s positively arduous for groups to defend us,” she mentioned.
The Kodiaks entered season with 16 rookies on the ladies’s roster. DePasquale was one among solely a handful of gamers getting back from 2019’s ACAC bronze medal-winning squad, and he or she says the rookies discovered their rhythm in brief order.
“We’ve got lots of rookies placing up numbers this 12 months, which is nice — it’s nice at constructing confidence — particularly with lots of these higher-scoring video games,” she mentioned.
Rookie Jayna Timinski says the group gelled rapidly and simply, and it’s a season that’s been stuffed with loads of enjoyable.
“All of us simply getting in there collectively, that’s what’s been profitable, is simply us working collectively as a staff.”
The Kodiaks girls completed the common season 5-1-0, with their lone loss approaching Oct. 1 to the SAIT Trojans.
Inserting second within the south division standings resulted in Lethbridge receiving a bye via to the south semi-final at house on Sunday — when they are going to face the winner of Pink Deer Polytechnic and Augustana.
However DePasquale says it’s powerful to not stay up for some potential revenge within the division closing.
“SAIT generally is a little bit of a difficult recreation. They generally tend of getting below our pores and skin, which is irritating,” she mentioned. “However we’re positively engaged on pushing ourselves arduous so we will get to that closing.”
Kodiaks males peaking on the proper time
On the lads’s aspect, the Kodiaks rebounded from a season opening loss to complete 4-2-0, good for third within the south division.
They may host the Ambrose Lions within the south quarterfinal on Friday afternoon, a staff that they’ve change into fairly accustomed to just lately.
“We beat this staff twice within the final two weeks, 7-0 and 3-0, so on paper we should always roll them, however I feel they are going to come out arduous,” mentioned males’s captain Ben Knight.
Knight leads the Kodiaks — and sits third within the ACAC — with 16 level in six video games; he might want to stay sharp for the membership to have a shot at defending their 2019 ACAC title.
However veteran participant Kenzel Aarts-Roman says the main focus isn’t on what occurred two years in the past.
“We type of simply step again from that as a result of it’s an entire totally different staff that we now have this 12 months, a clear slate,” Aarts-Roman mentioned.
A win for the Kodiaks on Friday would ship the lads to the south division semi-final in Pink Deer in opposition to the Pink Deer Polytechnic Kings on Sunday afternoon.
For each the women and men the south division finals are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, with the ACAC gold and bronze medal video games — additionally that includes groups from the north division — set for Oct. 30.
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