Calgary, AB - After the RDC Queens trailed 3 - 0 to the Concordia University Thunder in the quarter-final at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Soccer Championship in Calgary, they tried to claw their way back into the game with a second half goal but time was the enemy and the Thunder closed out a 4 - 1 win.
The Thunder took a 2 - 0 lead in the first half. Concordia's Rebecca Leavell connected in the 15th minute and Gabby Bayne struck in the 23rd minute.
In the second half, Paige Martin gave the Thunder a 3 - 0 edge in the 69th minute but the Queens quickly responded. Just over three minutes later, RDC's Bachelor of Science student Natasha Saleem beat Thunder goalkeeper Selina Verkland to narrow the margin by a pair of goals. As the RDC Queens tried to generate more offensive chances, Hayat Abubaker of the Thunder capitalized in the 79th minute to go up 4 - 1. As time ran out, that score stood and the Thunder advanced to the semi-final on Saturday against the NAIT Ooks (10 - 0 - 0), who earned first place in the north during the regular season.
In the other quarter-final game, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (6 - 4 - 2) defeated The King's University Eagles (5 - 2 - 3) by a score of 2 - 1 to earn the opportunity to face the strong SAIT Trojans (12 - 0 - 0), who went undefeated during conference play and earned top spot in the south.
After missing the postseason last year, the RDC Queens made many positive strides this season and will use the valuable playoff experience as they prepare for 2019 - 20.
A trio of Queens selected to ACAC All-Conference team
Three members of the RDC Queens were recognized as 2018 - 19 Women's Soccer South All-Conference team selections in Calgary on Thursday, October 25. After an outstanding season, Mikayla Fujimoto, Teryn Wright and Erin Gill received the prestigious awards at the ACAC Women's Soccer Banquet & Awards at SAIT's Heritage Hall & Atrium. The three talented student-athletes helped the RDC Queens Soccer team achieve a 8 - 2 - 2 regular season record, capturing second place in the south and a spot in the playoffs.
Fujimoto, a midfielder, was a significant contributor in her first-year with the RDC Queens. The Bachelor of Education student from Red Deer scored four goals and showed a lot of promise in her first year in ACAC competition.
Midfielder Teryn Wright was one of the Queens' leaders and consistently displayed a strong work ethic. Wright, a second-year Bachelor of Kinesiology student from Sherwood Park, scored three goals in 12 games but her contributions extended beyond statistics.
Goalkeeper Erin Gill was excellent as the Queens' last line of defence. The second-year Bachelor of Education student made 52 saves in 12 games and had a paltry 1.22 goals against average. The Red Deer student-athlete recorded eight wins in the Queens' net and also contributed one assist.