Both RDC soccer teams settle for draws
For the most part the RDC soccer teams did what they had to as they took to the road for an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference weekend doubleheader.
Both teams tied Saturday in Medicine Hat — the Queens 0-0 and the Kings 3-3 — then swept both matches Sunday in Lethbridge as the Queens recorded a 6-0 victory and the Kings drubbed the Kodiaks 9-1.
The Queens ran their record to 3-0-2 while the Kings sit at 2-1-2.
For the Kings Sunday’s performance was just what head coach Steve Fullarton was looking for.
“It was a brilliant performance. I felt someone was going to suffer when we started converting our chances. Today we found that touch. It was just a matter of time. ”
The Kings were able to spread the scoring around with Cale Jacobs connecting twice with single goals added by Evan Foerster, Logan Grenier, Nolan Hamilton, Andrew Jevne, Greg Reddekopp, Geng Thian and Hayden Slaymaker.
The Kings actually trailed 1-0 before storming to a 6-1 halftime lead.
“Every game we seem to take a while to wake-up,” said Fullarton. “But we got that goal back quickly and added another right away.”
On Saturday the Kings led twice on goals by Chase Grenier before the MHC Rattlers evened the count with six minutes remaining.
“We felt we deserved a better fate, as we worked hard and there were a couple of calls that could have went our way, but it’s better than a loss,” added Fullarton.
Meanwhile, the Queens turned in one of their better performances of the season Saturday against the Rattlers.
“It was a much better performance than last weekend,” said head coach David Colley. “We created some good chances and we stuffed their opportunities. We played as a unit which was a huge step up from the way we played against SAIT (a 2-2 draw).”
The Queens had a glorious opportunity to score late in the second half, but a close-in chip shot just went over the bar.
The Queens were especially solid in the midfield, led by player of the game Kayla Keenan, and on defence backed by keeper Jesse Stewart and defenders Amber Regnier and Adi Moyer.
Moyer made one of the best plays of the match late when she was able to get back and take the ball off a Medicine Hat forward who appeared to have a breakaway.
“A great effort,” said Colley.
On Sunday, Paula Dadensky scored three times in the second half with Sarah Fulmer adding a single marker. Claire Wallace opened the scoring and Kristi Lem added a second goal in the first half. Stewart recorded the shutout.
RDC returns to action Saturday when they host Lakeland. The women get underway at 2 p.m. with the men to follow.
• The Olds College Broncos entertained SAIT Saturday with the Trojans beating the Broncos 3-0 in women’s play and 4-3 in men’s action.