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Kodiaks women’s soccer silences the Rattlers

By Dale Woodard on September 25, 2021.

The challenge was issued to the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s soccer team.

They responded, and now they are 3-0 to start the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference season.

The Kodiaks shut out the Medicine Hat Rattlers Friday afternoon at the Servus Sports Centre.

Earlier in the week, Kodiaks co-coach Mark Pries threw down the gauntlet, albeit a simple one.

No goals against.

Mission accomplished as the Kodiaks nursed a 1-0 lead into the latter stages of the game before scoring three late ones to seal the win and remain undefeated.

On the men’s side, the Kodiaks

won their second in a row with a 2-1 win over Medicine Hat that improves them to 2-1 this season.

In the women’s game, the Kodiaks made good on the challenge of keeping the ball out of their net.

“Mark challenged them this past week about no more goals against for the next three games,” said Kodiaks co-coach Sean Carey. “They responded like we expected them to.”

Kylie Bolton have the Kodiaks a 1-0 lead after the first half. Olivia DePasquale, Jayna Timinski and Ashley Sazalski scored in the final 11 minutes of the game to round out the scoring. DePasquale and Sazalski also had an assist.

“We really didn’t get Medicine Hat anything and on the offensive side we were good,” said Carey. “It finally opened in the last 10 minutes of the game. It was still 1-0 with about 10 minutes to go and we were able to capitalize.”

“We definitely deserve the 4-0 score. In the second half it was one of their best games of the season. They’re moving the ball so well, it’s just fun to watch. Their skill level as a team and the work ethic is exactly what we want from them. If they’re going to be a force this year this is how they have to play.

The Kodiaks men won 2-1 on two first half goals from Jaden Veluw and Ben Cull.

The Rattlers pulled within one in the 40th minute on a goal from Paul Wasylyk, but were unable to get any closer.

“It was a bit of a scrappier game, but we dominated the first half,” said Carey. “We had numerous chances. Jaden and then Ben, my two centre backs both scored from set plays and we gave away a sloppy penalty. But we also missed a penalty of our own. But we hung in. We had to defend our lead and the boys did a phenomenal job defending.”

For her offensive output thus far his season, Bolton was named the ACAC and the Canadian player of the week.

It’s phenomenal, kudos to her,” said Carey. “We actually recruited her as a goalie and she was unsure about playing striker. Then she got five goals over a weekend and then she got another one today.”

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