RDC Queens midfielder Natalie Frenette battles with Olds College Broncos defender Jenna Kardos of Olds in the Queens home opener at RDC Friday. The Broncos picked up a 5-2 victory in the contest. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Broncos spoil RDC Queens soccer home opener

Broncos 5 Queens 2

The Olds College Broncos made a strong statement on the road at RDC.

In the Queens Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference soccer home opener, it was the visitors who put on a scoring clinic in the second half to earn a 5-2 victory.

RDC held strong in the first half and the two teams were tied at one after 45 minutes of play.

That score was not a reflection of the game. Especially in the first half, we played and they scored. It’s unfortunate but that’s part of the game. Just heads up and move on,” said Queens head coach Esad Alkaz.

In the second, it was pretty much all Broncos on the scoresheet. Felicia Rodney, the Broncos second-year striker out of Calgary took over early in the second with goals in the 51st and 56th minute to collect a hat trick after scoring the game’s opening goal as well.

Hailey Pettersen added her first of the afternoon and Rodney buried her fourth in the 68th minute. Abby Grobmeier scored for RDC in the 84th minute.

Rodney was player of the game for the Broncos and Natalie Frenette earned the honour for the Queens.

Despite the four straight goals against in the second half, Alkaz liked the play of his group and especially the way they were able to win the possession battle.

“It’s early in the season and there were a few mistakes that we’re trying to fix… We have a couple of people who have never played with us and there’s some chemistry (issues) that they’re trying to fix,” he said.

“Especially the first half, literally we dominated. We had possession of the game, 80 per cent – we created chances. They close the field once and they scored. That’s momentum they gained and we lost and it went from there. It’s still early and we just have to rebound.”

The Queens host the SAIT Trojans Sunday at 12 p.m. at RDC.

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RDC Queens defender Bronwyn Pfeifle tries to wrestle a ball from Olds College Broncos Hailey Pettersen in the Queens home opener Saturday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

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