Double Gold for Olds College at Prairie Futsal Classic

Olds Broncos Men

Prairie College played host to five ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference) schools this past weekend at the Prairie College Futsal Classic tournament, with some games held at the Rick Down Athletic Centre, and some at the Three Hills School. The Olds College Broncos, Lethbridge College Kodiaks, The King’s University Eagles, Medicine Hat College Rattlers, and Ambrose University Lions were all in town for some exhibition play.

Prairie came in as the underdogs for both men’s and women’s play, as they are not in the ACAC league. Although it may not be evident from the scoresheet, the Pilots fought hard and competed well.

Prairie began the tournament on Friday facing off against strong competitors, the Olds College Broncos. The Prairie women struggled, coming away with a 16-0 loss. The Prairie men fared better, and were able to come away with a goal in a 7-1 loss to the Broncos. The Prairie women also played against The King’s University Eagles, ending in a 13-1 loss, while the Prairie men were able to score two in a 13-2 loss to the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.

Vanessa Dyck, Head Coach of both Prairie teams, saw Saturday’s games as each teams’ best, especially against Medicine Hat College. The men came away with a 10-1 loss to the Rattlers, and the women with an 8-0 loss.

She said, “The men’s team got the first goal of the game and held the MHC team off for most of that half with 1-1 score at halftime. Even though the final score didn’t showcase how hard they played, our Prairie men didn’t quit. The women played extremely well against MHC as well, being able to keep the score under double digits.”

Olds Broncos Women

In addition to playing a team in a league above them, the women were competing without their regular goal keeper, who was away for a class commitment. Coach Dyck said of the women’s performance “They stepped it up in that game knowing they were down a player and had to improvise their positioning. Abby Guthrie, who normally plays defense, stepped into the role of goalie for the weekend…and did a phenomenal job, making tons of saves over the weekend.”

Moving on from this weekend, coach Dyck said that the teams will “probably be working on the stamina of the team so we don’t lose energy in the second half of our games.”

As for the winning Olds Broncos, the women played a close and competitive game against the Lethbridge Kodiaks in the gold medal game, with a Broncos goal coming with 13 seconds left in the game to seal the 3-1 victory over the Kodiaks.

The men’s final saw the Broncos take on The King’s University Eagles. The score was all zeros at half-time in what was a game of tight defense and few chances on net. At 15:40 of the second half the Eagles opened the scoring and held the Broncos off until there was only 6:24 left in the game. The game was now tied, and 40 minutes would not be enough. Five minutes of extra time was put on the clock, and with just 3.5 seconds left until the game needed a shootout, the Broncos scored a beauty to steal the game right before the buzzer, winning the tournament for the second year in a row with a score of 2-1.

Thanks to all the teams who came out to make it an exciting weekend of Futsal.