Red Deer, AB - The Olds College Broncos looked like they had a comfortable 3-1 lead in the second half, but a persistent Kings squad tallied three unanswered goals, earning a thrilling 4-3 comeback home victory.
The Olds College Broncos made the most of their opportunities early and they hit the scoresheet first, converting in the 22nd minute. Broncos forward Fabian Gromenida connected with Calgary's Nigel Stebanuk, who outraced the RDC defender and quickly released his shot past Kings goalkeeper Jacob Hamilton. Eight minutes later Garren Oosterhuis provided Olds College a two goal lead. The first-year Agriculture Management Production student went wide and cut to the inside, finding the back of the net with a low strike.
The Kings had a strong start to the second half, but the Broncos had the better chance early. Midfielder Ushindi Mutabazi had an opportunity to increase the lead with a penalty kick. The second-year Business Management student shot low to the left but Lacombe's Jacob Hamilton came up huge, denying the chance. Hamilton's save proved to be a game changer.
That stop sparked the Kings' offence. In the 57th minute, Kaidri Bornyi solved Broncos goalkeeper Ryan Murphy to bring RDC within one. Twenty minutes later, Nigel Stebanuk restored Olds College's two goal lead. The second-year Sports Management student capitalized on a turnover and raced into the Kings' offensive zone, beating Hamilton for his second of the contest.
The Kings stuck to their game plan and stayed positive. They scored three goals in three minutes. From in close, Kings forward Gabriel Fleury de Queiroz made it a 3-2 score. Then, Nathan Swartz and Theo Gill struck, sealing a 4-3 home victory.
Kaidri Bornyi was named the Kings Player-of-the-Game. Ushindi Mutabazi was selected for the Broncos.
After three games, the undefeated Red Deer College Kings share top spot in the south standings with 7 points.
On Sunday, September 15, the RDC Kings (2-0-1) will host the SAIT Trojans (2-0-0) at 2:00 p.m. at RDC Main Field. Also on Sunday, the Olds College Broncos (1-2-0) will compete against the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings (0-3-0) at 2:00 p.m. on their home pitch.