By Woodard, Dale on September 9, 2019.
The Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s soccer team grabbed the first six points of the season.
The Kodiaks blanked the Red Deer Queens 3-0 in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play Sunday afternoon at the Servus Sports Centre.
The win gives the Kodiaks a 2-0 start to the season following a 2-1 win over the Alberta-Augustana Vikings Saturday afternoon and six points right out of the gate.
On the men’s side, what started with a win Saturday with a 5-0 decision over the Vikings ended with a wakeup call following a 3-2 loss to the Red Deer Kings Sunday afternoon.
The Kodiaks women needed a little late-game magic Saturday against the Thunder before posting Sunday’s shutout win.
“The girls had a great weekend, they thoroughly deserve the win today,” said Kodiaks co-coach Sean Carey. “They showed up and they were ready to play and I think Red Deer underestimated us a little bit and expected to come in here and take the three points. But it didn’t happen. The girls were up for this game because it was a poor game we played yesterday.”
Ashley Sazalski scored in the sixth and 14th minutes on Sunday and Jasmin Salmon added the other Kodiaks goal just before the 60-minute mark.
Unfortunately, Sazalski rolled her ankle in Sunday’s game and post-game Carey wasn’t sure when she would be back.
Back the other way, Micaela Stone turned aside all three shots she saw.
Defensively we were solid,” said Carey. “I think Michaela only had to make a couple of saves and the rest of it we look threatening every time we went forward.”
Saturday’s game required some comeback soccer as Kodiaks captain Brooklin Bellavance scored in the 89th minute for the game-winner.
Haylie Shoults added the Kodiaks goal in the 55th minute after the Augustana’s Jessica LaLonde opened the scoring 3:27 in.
“It should have been way more than it was and we ended up scrapping an 89th minute goal to win the game,” said Carey. “At the end of the day though a win is a win. No matter how you do it, you just have to make sure you get those points and you keep building.”
On Sunday, the Kodiaks put themselves in place to take at least one point when Ben Knight scored in the 73rd minute to tie the game at 2-2. But a nicely executed Nathan Swartz header off a corner kick in the 77th minute gave Red Deer the win.
“I think we just played a little bit sloppy,” said Kodiaks forward Sodiq Adekunle, who scored the Kodiaks first goal and drew an assist on Knight’s goal. “We have a great team this year. We just have to come back and do what we know how to do best and finish the game well. Today was just a game to forget about and the next one we’ll go at it.”
Carey said Sunday’s outing simply wasn’t good enough.
“It wasn’t good enough anywhere. The 11 guys that started the game need to be in a better place. I think they thought this season was just going to be a straightforward walk in the park. You know what? It was a wake up call for them. It’s not going to happen every week. So they are going to have to regroup and get themselves together. They’ll have to dust them selves off and get ready for a game next weekend.”
The Kodiaks are in Calgary Saturday to take on the Ambrose Lions.
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