RDC Queens battle MRU to tie

The RDC Queens showed head coach Jerry Gerling just what he wanted to see in their Alberta Colleges Women’s Soccer League meeting with the Mount Royal University Cougars at RDC Sunday afternoon.

RDC Queen Leslie Ann Kroeker battles MRU Cougar Ashley Dixon Sunday. The two teams tied 1-1

Queens 1 Cougars 1

The RDC Queens showed head coach Jerry Gerling just what he wanted to see in their Alberta Colleges Women’s Soccer League meeting with the Mount Royal University Cougars at RDC Sunday afternoon.

“We played close to 90 minutes of soccer, rather than the 65 or 70 minutes we played Saturday,” said Gerling following the Queens 1-1 tie with the Cougars. Saturday they dropped a 4-0 decision to the MRU squad.

“The girls came up to me before the season and said they wanted to win a championship and I told them they needed to play 90 minutes if they want to reach that goal. Today we showed what we can do when we play up to our potential. We still had a slight letdown at times, but not bad.”

The Queens did fall behind in the first five minutes as Meghan MacDonald broke through the middle and beat RDC keeper Brittany Baker. But the Queens managed to come back before the end of the half and tie the score on a Stephanie Tremblay’s second goal of the season.

“When they scored early I was wondering how we’d deal with that. In the past we may have folded, but they showed they came to play.”

Gerling also made a slight change in his game tactics from Saturday, moving Katelyn LaGrange from striker into the middle to mark MRC star Tina Basi.

“We had problems handling her (Basi) Saturday and Katelyn did a great job against her today.”

Overall Gerling was pleased with the team’s defence, but would like to see a “bit more” offence.

Cougars 3 Kings 0

The RDC Kings took a small step forward from their performance Saturday — a 4-0 loss to the Cougars — with their 3-0 defeat at the hands of the MRU squad, which pleased head coach Steve Fullarton.

“We battled more today than yesterday,” he said. “That was a quality side we were playing and they showed it over the last two days. They took advantage of every error we made.

“But despite the score we fought hard today and had some chances.”

The Kings are still a step behind the elite teams, but closing the gap.

“This is the first year of our new program and we definitely have made progress from previous years,” added Fullarton. “As long as we keep improving that’s all we can ask.”

The RDC squads are away from home for the next two weekends as they visit SAIT Saturday then travel to Medicine Hat, Oct. 10 and 11. They finish their regular schedule at home Oct. 17 against Lethbridge and Oct. 18 against Mount Royal.

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