Kings 4 Lions 3
In the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings soccer team’s mind, Saturday’s home opener against the Ambrose University Lions was a must-win game.
The Kings began the season with a loss to the Lethbridge College Kodiaks followed by a tie with the Medicine Hat Rattlers and a loss to the SAIT Trojans.
Red Deer had yet to lose a game but that changed on Saturday as the Kings beat the Lions 4-3 on home field.
The Kings took a 3-0 lead after scoring twice in the first half and again early in the second half. Kohen Meckelborg, Grant Johnson, and Ajdin Sarcevic all found the back of the net.
However, the Lions stormed back in the second half with three straight goals. The third came in the 80th minute but Red Deer scored five minutes later on a breakaway opportunity by Johnson for his second goal of the game.
The late tally was enough to hold off the Lions as the Kings got their first win of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference season.
“For us, it was pretty much do or die,” said Kings head coach Admir Sarcevic. “We didn’t start the season very well… We knew this game or these points are needed today if we want to have any chance of going for the top spot.”
Sarcevic gave credit to his team for a great first half but in the second he felt there were some individual mistakes and that they lost concentration once Ambrose scored their first goal.
“Overall it was a great performance and the team showed the character being up 3-0 and then going to 3-3 but managing to score,” he said.
He felt the score didn’t represent how the game was played. He said they should have put the game away a lot earlier but added that’s what makes the sport so exciting.
“It turned out to be good for the fans because it was intense until the last minute,” he said.
The Queens also came out on top on Saturday with a win against Ambrose 5-0. The Queens played the earlier match scoring five unanswered goals from Sofia Quinteros, Rylyn Morse, Anessa Harrod, and two from Quinn Daku.
The Kings and Queens will be back in action next Saturday, Sept. 30 against the Olds College Broncos at Red Deer Polytechnic at noon and at 2 p.m.