Queens can’t clinch first, but have solid weekend

The RDC Queens went into the weekend at home with everything set up for them to finish first in the Alberta Colleges Women’s Soccer League South Division.

The RDC Queens went into the weekend at home with everything set up for them to finish first in the Alberta Colleges Women’s Soccer League South Division.

All they needed was to beat the Medicine Hat Rattlers Saturday and the Lethbridge Kodiaks Sunday. And with 10 minutes remaining Saturday it appeared as if the Queens were well on their way to just such a scenario. But the Rattlers scored late to earn a 2-2 tie, which left the Queens needing a win over Lethbridge and some help from the Lakeland Rustlers Sunday.

When the Rattlers edged Lakeland 1-0, the Queens, who posted a 6-0 win over Lethbridge, finished two points back of Medicine Hat and will have to play in the league’s quarter-finals at Grant MacEwan Friday.

“We had them with 10 minutes to go,” said Queens head coach Dave Colley. “We had it in our hands. That was the biggest game of the season and we had our chances, but got caught out, plus missed a handful of scoring opportunities. In the end we played much better than we did today, but it was our fault for not clearing the ball and not finishing.”

Colley felt his troops could have played better against the last-place Kodiaks.

“We were punished by our mistakes Saturday and weren’t today,” he said. “Scoring six goals a coach should be pleased, but we made some mental mistakes, which are never excusable.”

Still Colley got three goals from first-year players — Alana Rehman, Teagan Donald and Tatiana Aspilaga — and one from fourth-year midfielder Brianne Boychuk. Veteran Claire Wallace scored twice while Jesse Stewart recorded her eighth shutout in 10 games, lowering her goals-against-average to 0.40.

The Queens will face Grande Prairie in the quarter-finals while NAIT clashes with SAIT. Concordia University College and Medicine Hat receive a bye into the semifinals, who go Saturday. The final is Sunday.

Meanwhile, the RDC Kings turned in a pair of solid performance, beating both Medicine Hat and Lethbridge 3-1, to finish second in the south, back of SAIT and ahead of Lakeland.

“I’m delighted,” said Kings head coach Steve Fullarton, who will host the ACAC finals beginning Friday. “We went into the season with the idea of earning a right to play in the provincials and we finished second, and were well deserving.”

The Kings are undefeated in eight straight games and will host Grande Prairie Friday at 2:20 p.m. Lakeland takes on Concordia at noon in the other quarter-final.

Fullarton was pleased especially with the win Sunday.

“Yesterday against Medicine Hat, we didn’t play that well. Our ball retention wasn’t what it should have been. We gave the ball away more than we should have and it will have to be better next week.”

It was on Sunday.

“I was pleased with the guys. We sat out several players who have injuries and yellow cards so they’ll be available for the playoffs and our subs did a great job.”

Captain Greg Reddekopp, Jeremy Gopal, Cale Jacobs and Tylor Johnson scored for RDC against Lethbridge with keeper Stefan Dugas, who made a pair of outstanding saves late, recording the win.

Nolan Hamilton had a pair of goals and Evan Forrester one against the Hat.

drode@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Justice Anne Molloy, from top left, John Rinaldi, Dr. Scott Woodside and accused Alek Minassian are shown during a murder trial conducted via Zoom videoconference in this courtroom sketch on December 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould
Verdict expected today in Toronto van attack trial

Alek Minassian admitted to planning and carrying out the attack on April 23, 2018

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home in Vancouver to attend a court hearing, Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Trump comments on trade negotiations with China take centre stage in Meng case

Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport more than two years ago

Red Deer dogs Bunsen and Beaker helped save a missing pet recently. The two dogs have more than 80,000 followers on Twitter. (Contributed photo)
WATCH: Red Deer science dogs help save lost pet

Red Deer science-communicating dogs Bunsen and Beaker helped rescue a missing pet… Continue reading

Commissioner Roger Goodell talks about the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award during the NFL Honors ceremony as part of Super Bowl 55 Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Annual NFL women’s forum enhancing career opportunities

When Sam Rapoport envisioned conducting virtually the NFL’s fifth annual Women’s Career… Continue reading

Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), speaks during a news conference with Toshiro Muto, left, CEO of Tokyo 2020, after a council meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Kimimasa Mayama/Pool Photo via AP)
Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics

Olympics scheduled to open on July 23

FILE - Singer Jhene Aiko poses for a portrait on Dec. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. Aiko will host the 63rd GRAMMY Awards on March 14. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jhene Aiko to host Grammy Award premiere ceremony

63rd annual Grammy ceremony set for March 14

Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault holds a press conference in Ottawa on November 3, 2020. The Heritage Department is committing $40 million to a “COVID-safe events fund” designed to encourage arts and cultural plans to move forward in the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Heritage minister unveils COVID-19 events fund for arts and cultural sector

Financial support tops out at $100,000 per eligible applicant

opinion
Opinion: Crisis in long-term care must include data-driven change

More than 19,000 people in Canada have died from COVID-19 – more… Continue reading

The Dawe family home in the Michener Hill subdivision in Red Deer. This house was designed and built by Robert G. Dawe, a local engineer, in 1911 and has remained in the family ever since. (Contributed photo)
Michael Dawe: 65 years of Red Deer history

As a major milestone birthday looms, I thought that it might be… Continue reading

Dallas Stars' Mark Pysyk (13) and Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18) compete for control of a loose puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Vasilevskiy 3rd straight shutout as Lightning top Stars 2-0

Vasilevskiy 3rd straight shutout as Lightning top Stars 2-0

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) grabs a loose puck as Canadiens defenceman Ben Chiarot (8) and Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) battle for the rebound during first-period NHL hockey action Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Hab down Sens 3-1 to snap 5-game winless streak; Ducharme earns 1st NHL coaching win

Hab down Sens 3-1 to snap 5-game winless streak; Ducharme earns 1st NHL coaching win

Most Read