Thunder Women’s Soccer Earn Split on Opening WeekendPosted on: Sep 8, 2014
The Concordia Thunder Women's Soccer team opened the 2014 ACAC season this past weekend, earning a split in a two match set. The Thunder started out the weekend in style with a decisive 3-Nil victory over Augustana University in Camrose. Friday afternoon's lineup had ten first-year players on the roster. "It looks like a youth (club) team," stated second year Head Coach Franco Imbrogno. Although a little tentative at the start, the Thunder grew more competitive and began to control the run of play as the match progressed. Concordia's scoring was both opened and closed with scoring from first year players Anne Perrault and Maggie Boras. Second year player Jill Sander picked up where she left off last year and notched her first of this season.
On Saturday, the Thunder played their home opener against crosstown rival NAIT. The powerhouse Ooks line-up was laden with a number of third and fourth year players in addition to having 5 ex-CIS players on their roster. Although NAIT demonstrated early success with ball possession in Concordia's half of the field, it was the Thunder who had the first great scoring chance. Jill Sander was sent in alone on a break-a-way but was unable to finish. NAIT eventually scored to make it 1-Nil at the half. Concordia changed tactics early in the second half, going to a high pressure game and were rewarded with a tying goal in the first ten minutes. Unfortunately, the high pace of the game began to tell on the young Thunder squad with fatigue and some faulty defensive shape becoming prevalent in the latter stages of the game. As a result, Concordia gave up three goals late in the half and fell to the Ooks 4-1.
The Thunder's next game will be at home this Saturday, September 13th, when they will host the Keyano Huskies. The 'special event' match up will feature great half time prizes as well as a barbeque and beer garden for all the fans. Come on out and have a great time and cheer on your Concordia Thunder!