Battered Back Line Valiant in Lopsided Defeat for Women’s SoccerPosted on: Oct 7, 2013
The Concordia Women's Soccer team went into their rematch with the MacEwan Griffins on Saturday afternoon as the 'walking dead', with a significant portion of the team hosting a number of injuries and the flu bug on top of that. Unfortunately, they faced a determined and healthy Grant MacEwan squad with a full supply of players. Seniors and Co-Captains Shauntel Lengle and Audrey Sydora orchestrated a defensive strategy to deny balls toward their goal and executed proficiently but as the game progressed the onslaught pressure from the opposition grew insurmountable and the reality of denying scoring opportunities was similar to stopping an oncoming freight train in its tracks. “It’s a tall task to ask the girls to deny every single shot on target; it’s virtually impossible especially when we’re playing against a formidable foe with so many weapons,” said Thunder Head Coach Franco Imbrogno. In spite of their diminished ranks and overall health, the Thunder defenders did sacrifice and placed their bodies in front of numerous shots. “I think of have imprints of the soccer ball all over my body," said by Strathcona High School alumni – and 5th-year Thunder veteran – Shauntel Lengle.
Now sporting a record of 4 wins and 4 losses in this rebuilding year, the CUCA ladies are still in the hunt for a provincial playoff spot in Medicine Hat on the last weekend of October. The girls will have two weeks off until their next matches against NAIT and Grande Prairie on October 19th & 20th. “It will come down to the last game of the season versus Grande Prairie to determine which of the two teams will claim the third and final provincial birth,” says Imbrogno. "The break in the schedule comes at a good time for us. We’ll use the time to recover and prepare ourselves for the last two games.”