By Lethbridge Herald on March 15, 2019.
The Lethbridge College Kodiaks are getting their kicks indoors this
weekend and they’ve invited the rest of the province to join in.
The Val Matteotti Gymnasium at Lethbridge College will be the place to
be for wall-to-wall action as the Kodiaks men’s and women’s futsal
teams host the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference provincials today
through Sunday, marking the first time both events have been held
under the same roof.
Eighteen teams — nine men’s and nine women’s teams — are taking
the floor and Kodiaks head coach Sean Carey said he anticipated both
his teams contending for a provincial medal on Sunday.
“We’ve pretty much seen everybody. The only team we haven’t seen
is Lakeland,” said Carey, who coaches Kodiak men and women. “Both
of our teams match up well with most of our opposition so we’re
obviously expecting both teams to make the medal round. There are
certainly opportunities for them. We beat some of the teams in the
tournament already this year. They are going to be a couple tough
games, but that’s what you want as well.”
Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, including the
goalkeeper, with unlimited substitutions.
The game is played on the hard court and walls or boards are not used.
Futsal is also played with a smaller, harder, low-bounce ball to
favour ball control and passing in small spaces.
For the past few months, members of the Kodiaks soccer teams have been
transitioning to the indoor game.
“About half of the team is new to this sport, so it’s a bit of a
transition for some of them,” said Carey. “We been learning the
systems and everybody seems like they are on the same page. They’re
ready to showcase their skills on our home field.”
The Kodiaks have done well at other tournaments this season.
“The girls have a couple of second-place finishes and the boys of had
a couple of third-place finishes,” said Carey. “It’s been a
learning process, both teams are pretty new. We’re getting players
into the systems that we want. I think we’re ready, we had some good
practices this week and last week and I think we’re there.”
The Kodiak women open today at 8:30 a.m. against the University of
Augustana Vikings and play again at 1:45 p.m. against the Ambrose Lions.
The Kodiak men’s first game is 9:45 a.m. against the Vikings and 5:30
p.m. against Ambrose.
All games will be streamed live and for free on ACAC-TV. Follow
@ACAC_Sport on Twitter @LC_Kodiaks on Twitter for updates throughout
The Kodiaks track and field team is also lacing up for ACAC
provincials this weekend.
The team is in Calgary for the SAIT-hosted event starting today and
running until Saturday.
At the ACAC indoor track Grand Prix March 2 in Edmonton, the Kodiaks
won a pair of medals.
Danna DeGagneran to bronze in the 300-metre event and Brooklyn Vogel
also earned a bronze in the 600 metres, cutting four seconds off of
her personal best time.
Rebecca Sweeney also had a strong showing, finishing sixth in the 300-
On the men’s side, a trio of Kodiaks narrowly missed the podium,
but are eying up a medal performance at provincials this weekend.
Foster Isiche finished sixth in the 300 metres. Tanner Rent and team
captain Danny Robdrup each finished seventh in Edmonton, in the 600
metres and 3,000 metres, respectively.
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