Ooks beat Thunder in Soccer snowfest
by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
GOLD MEDAL MATCH
NAIT Ooks 3 Concordia Thunder 1
10/28/2012... Edmonton, Alberta - The battle of two of the top collegiate women’s soccer teams in Canada, let alone Alberta, turned into a snow bowl this afternoon as the NAIT Ooks defeated the Concordia Thunder 3-1 in Red Deer in defence of their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference crown.
With the win the Ooks also avenge an October 20, 2-1 home loss to the Concordia Thunder.
Ooks, along with the Thunder, return to the CCAA national championships where during the last two years they have won silver losing out to Collège François-Xavier-Garneau (RSEQ) both times
“It was pretty bad, " said Ooks coach Carol Holt of the white stuff. “It was probably an inch-and-a-half or even two inches of snow. They (field crew) were shoveling throughout the game so we could see the lines.
“It was really slick and we just tried to get our whole body behind the ball if possible and with that we seemed to have better possession. Changing direction was difficult, so we had to play the ball quick and make sure that we had the right footing."
Scoring for the Ooks were Loren Burke-Gaffney and Leanne Kadatz on corners and Delaney McNaughton on a penalty kick.
Ooks goal was from the feet of Lindsay Butler
“We are glad we had a chance to play them again so soon afterwards (a Thunder win 2-1 October 20th). It will give us extra confidence going to nationals.”
“The weather was definitely not what either team wanted to play in and NAIT definitely was the better team today,” said Thunder coach Dean Cordeiro.
It (snow storm) took away from our game style as we are a buildup team and technical team. Set pieces were the deciding factor in the goals that were scored today".
Preview of NAIT and SAIT raod to nationals will also be featured on our ACAC website.
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
Red Deer Queens 3 Medicine Hat Rattlers 0
10/28/2012...Edmonton, Alberta - Two goals by hometown product Claire Wallace (2nd year, Education Assistant) assisted the Red Deer Queens to a win over rival Medicine Hat Rattlers in the 2012 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s bronze medal match earlier today at Jasper Place Bowl in Edmonton.
"There was a reason why she was selected Player of the Game,” said a proud coach David Colley. “I was quite surprised to see how we moved the ball around in these conditions (snowing). If you played it along the ground it could get hung up in the snow but if you kicked in air and it came down, it would have skimmed along the ground.”
Colley also had nothing but respect for the opposing team and their coach Jim Loughlin.
“It seems we are always tied in the standings and we finally beat them. It is always a pleasure to be on the field with Jim. He has played at the highest level and coached at the highest level.”