Ooks Continue to be Tested
by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
10/17/2012...Edmonton, Alberta - NAIT Ooks men’s and women’s soccer teams remain in No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively in Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national rankings released yesterday.
The Ooks men remain undefeated with eight wins with 27 goals and four goals against.
They were tested this past Sunday though against the host Keyano Huskies at Corless Field in Fort McMurray.
Playing one player short, midfielder Juan Vergara sidelined with an injury for a few minutes, Huskies Justin Lodge scores at 14 minute mark to the jubilation of the 169 fans in the stands on a cold October afternoon.
Ooks’ Monty Haines tied the physical game 1-1 at 30 minute mark on a breakaway from while a three-way passing play leads to another Ooks goal at 39 minute mark by Zach Kaiser 2-1 at the half.
Huskies “The Cobra” - Jonatton Cordoba - curled one past the Ooks goalie to tie it 2-2 at the 58 minute mark after a superb pass from Cristhian Garces-Lopez.
With eight seconds remaining in added on time, Ooks James Carr goes high for a header off a corner kick, to beat Huskies’ goalie M.J. Domanowski (picture left by Erwin Kuhr).
“It was a tough game and I saw the ball coming over the top and I called it off and got on the end of it and knew it was going in,” said Carr, a graduate of Westwood Community High School in Fort McMurray, of the close shave 3-2 decision.
Ooks were without the services of midfielder Allan Zebie who has missed several ACAC games this year with call-ups to the Canadians men's Uncer-20 team for international games.
Monty Haines leads the Ooks in scoring with 11 goals while a goalie Ryan Callaway has had the start in seven games. Haines, a second year forward from Beaumont, Alberta, scored both goals in last year’s CCAA championship 2-0 win over the Humber Hawks.
Ooks have two games left when they host Concordia Thunder (5-3-0) and Grande Prairie Wolves (5-2-1) this weekend.
Speaking of the Wolves, they have moved into the CCAA national rankings with a No. 15 after winning three of their last four games while the Thunder dropped from No. 7 to No. 9 losing two of their last three games.
SAIT Trojans (7-1-1) have made a huge jump from No. 12 to No. 7 and have a balanced scoring with Amadou Diallo, six goals; Gbenga Ajibulu, five goals and Jacob Walmsley with four goals leading the attack.
The NAIT Ooks women’s powerhouse offence (35 goals for nine against) came alive last weekend with 11-0 and 8-0 wins against the host Keyano Huskies.
It is without a doubt Ooks Leanne Kadatz’s favourite pitch.
Last time she visited Fort McMurray – in 2010 – she had seven goals in a 13-0 win and four goals in a 9-0 decision.
This time around she had a nine goal weekend. She now has 19 goals in eight games.
Ooks (7-1-0) have two games left when they host Concordia Thunder (6-1-1) and Grande Prairie Wolves (4-2-2) this weekend.
The Thunder have shifted from No. 6 to No. 4 in the CCAA rankings after beating host Griffins 4-0 last weekend at the JP Bowl. Lindsay Butler has a remarkable 16 goals for the Thunder.
Medicine Hat Rattlers have moved up from No. 13 to No. 11 spot after beating the host Kodiaks in Lethbridge last weekend 3-0. Brookelyn Buss leads the Rattlers with 10 goals.