BATTLE - From left

Kings pick up first win as Queens surge for two victories

  • Sep. 21, 2016 3:21 p.m.

The Red Deer College Kings’ soccer team were looking for a little more than a split decision heading into a pair of matchups last Saturday and Sunday.

After getting the 2016-17 season off to a slow start by dropping a 4-0 decision to Lakeland College at home a week ago, a relatively young Kings’ side were able to put in a pair of solid efforts against Lethbridge at the RDC field.

“It’s a good start. You’ve got to get the first one. You can’t have any more until you get the first one, so we needed to get one, especially at home early in the season,” said Kings’ Head Coach Wade Groenewegen after his squad battled to a 2-0 victory on Saturday afternoon. “We pressed boots a lot quicker than we did last weekend, we were more familiar with where each other were so our defensive shape was a lot better and more consistent today than last week for sure.”

A pair of early goals turned out to be the difference maker in Saturday’s tilt, as the Kings struck quickly in the first half.

Midfielder Mark Ibbotson laid claim to the Kings’ first goal of the fresh season in the sixth minute to give his team a 1-0 lead before Skylar Roth widened the gap to 2-0 just six minutes later to give his team a 2-0 lead heading into the half.

“Our stuff with the ball was mostly more patient. We’ve still got to stick to some of that stuff we’re doing during the week a bit more, but there’s definitely growth in the right direction,” Groenewegen said. “It was fairly even, it’s not like Lethbridge was a bad team or didn’t show up today. We had some quality chances, probably could have put a couple more away, but we did bury ours and they didn’t bury any of theirs.”

From the 12th minute onwards the spotlight belonged to the Kings’ defense and goaltender Raymond Fox, who kept out all nine shots he faced for the win.

“Ray was big when we needed him to be big. We bent but we didn’t break today. We didn’t give up any high quality opportunities today,” Groenewegen said.

Despite a couple of injuries in the midfield which forced some changes, the Kings’ defense were able to quell a surging Kodiaks side in the dying minutes to secure the victory.

The momentum from the win didn’t carry over to Sunday’s match in quite the way the Kings had planned though as the team hosted the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.

Despite keeping pace with the Rattlers’ forwards in the shots department, the Kings weren’t able to find the back of the net as they fell 2-0. The up and down weekend brings the Kings’ record to 1-2 on the season, which puts them in fourth place in the ACAC South division.

Meanwhile, the RDC Queens soccer team have been making their presence known in the ACAC of late, collecting two wins and a tie in their last three matches to put themselves in second place in the ACAC South.

Goalkeeper Jessie Stewart has been solid between the pipes for the Queens, stopping all but one of the 15 shots she has faced in last weekend’s regular season games, while Kaitlin D’Arcy, Taylor Heist and Riley Morey have led the way offensively.

Both the RDC Kings and Queens soccer teams will be back in action next Saturday when they head to SAIT in Calgary to face off against the Trojans.

Just Posted

Rebels lose 13th straight against Kamloops

Red Deer hasn’t won on home ice since Oct. 28th, 2017

Kings and Queens sweep Briercrest

RDC basketball is begining to gear up for the ACAC playoffs

WATCH: Setters Place officially opens in advance of the 2019 Canada Games

Red Deer is one step closer to the 2019 Canada Winter Games the opening of Setters Place

City council approves operating budget to a tune of $364 million

The 2.02% hike includes 1% for capital investment and 0.11% for the carbon tax

Province not providing aid to Red Deer for its June storm

Cause of storm wasn’t ‘extraordinary’ according to province

WATCH: Alberta Party leadership candidates present visions to Red Deerians

Party members will vote for their new leader on Feb. 7th

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Most Read