The Red Deer Renegades are still looking for their first Alberta Major Women’s Soccer League victory, but at least that initial positive result is in sight.
After opening the season with four straight losses — some by resounding scores — the Red Deer squad dropped two more games during the weekend. The setbacks, however, were by the slightest of margins, a sign that the club may be starting to come around.
“More people are starting to show up. We’re working harder and kind of getting to know each other a little better now,” said Renegades third-year veteran Kayla Blacquiere, who scored both Red Deer goals — and the team’s first two markers of the season — in a 4-2 loss to Calgary Alliance Sunday at Edgar Park.
The Renegades fell 1-0 to host Lethbridge FC Saturday.
“Compared to our first game of the season, which was like 10-0, a 1-0 loss is a lot better,” said Blacquiere.
“We were close, it wasn’t like it was a hard game. We could have tied or won.”
The Red Deer crew kept it reasonably close against the Alliance roughly 24 hours later.
“We just need to get a couple more shots (per game) . . . work on our offence a little more,” said Blacquiere.
While the heavy influx of younger players has been a factor in the Renegades’ slow start to the season, Blacquiere sees better times ahead.
“We have a lot of young players this year. A lot of our older players are working, or whatever, now, so we have a lot of young players to work with,” she said.
“A lot of them are graduating now, so once (high) school is done we should be practising more together.”
Taylor Lamb led the visiting Alliance with two goals.
The Renegades return to action Saturday against host Calgary Foothills. Red Deer’s next home game is July 5 versus Edmonton Victoria.