RDC Kings soccer win ACAC Championship semi, earn first ever berth to nationals

Settle for silver at ACAC Championships

It was a monumental day for the RDC Kings.

Saturday, RDC pulled off something the program has never done before, punching a ticket to their first-ever Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship.

With a pair of berths for the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association into nationals, the Kings needed a huge upset to move on.

And upset they did, knocking off the SAIT Trojans 2-1 in penalty kicks in the semi-final of the ACAC Championships and booking a spot in the provincial final. SAIT had won their previous six games heading in the championships, were 10-1-1 on the year and beat RDC by a combined score of 10-2 this season.

In the ACAC Championship final Sunday, the Kings lost 2-0 to the Lethbridge College Kodiaks and settled for silver.

Kristofer Grobmeier was player of the game in the loss for RDC.

Nathan Swartz and Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto were named to the all-tournament team. Dave Low from the Kodiaks was named tournament MVP.

Saturday, defenceman Turner Johnson scored for the Kings just 5:22 into the championship semi-final. Martin Bertolesi buried for SAIT in the 28th minute and from there, both groups played lockdown defence.

In penalty kicks, Jacob Hamilton stopped Eduardo Filho on the Trojans second shot, and RDC scored on all five shots to earn their spot at nationals.

The Kings will travel to Oshawa for the CCAA Men’s Soccer Championships next week, taking on the Holland Hurricanes in their opening game on Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.

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