Providence Men’s Soccer Team Claim MCAC Championship

         OTTERBURNE, MB- Providence’s Men’s Soccer team dominated the field this weekend claiming their third Championship in three years.

The Freemen began the weekend by blanking Steinbach Bible College 7-0 Saturday, Oct. 18. Six of the seven goals were by different players and three were by first time scorers. Jon Patterson, Albee Eisbrenner, Ryan Hamms, Joey Passi, and Yohannes Asrats all added one to the scoreboard.  Providence player of the game went to Dustin Martin with two goals. Unfortunately Adam Mywaart received a mild concussion in an accidental collision forcing him to miss the final on Sunday against CMU.

          The MCAC Championship game once again featured the Providence Freemen against the CMU Blazers, making it the third consecutive year they have met in the season’s final game.

          Freemen coach Martin Ward said, “This was a fiercely contested game with both teams defending well and creating opportunities to score. It wasn’t the prettiest soccer but it was an exciting championship game.”

          CMU opened the scoring midway through the first half and lead 1-0 going into the second. Providence answered as Andry Giesbrecht found the net in the second half and minutes later Jon Patterson added to their lead with a shot from the penalty area that found its way through a crowd of players to score.

          But with one minute left, CMU took advantage of a Providence defensive mix-up and tied the game. The heated contest continued into overtime despite tiring legs on both teams. Just as it looked liked the game would be decided by penalty kicks Andry Giesbrecht beat his marker and got off a low hard shot to take the lead. The Freemen were then able to hold on for the last couple of minutes and claim their third championship in a row

          MCAC Soccer Convenor, Dalen Kroeker, presented the Providence ‘Man of the Match’ award to Andry Giesbrecht for his two crucial goals. Tournament MVP went to teammate Jon Patterson who defended well for Providence and also joined in on the attack, scoring two goals over the weekend.

          Coach Ward said, “Both teams gave everything they had, I was relieved to win, and proud of my players for responding to the challenges of the game.”

          The NCCAA Regional Tournament will be held from Thursday Oct. 30 to Sunday Nov. 2 in Owatonna, MN.

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