It was a frustrating match for the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens soccer team on Saturday.
Tied at zero for most of the game, the Olds College Broncos scored a pair of goals late in the second half to beat the Queens on their home field.
It was a much deserved win for the Broncos who fired four shots on net to the Queens one in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference action. Olds’ Tiona Paton and Brynn Smith scored for Olds College in the 88th and 90th minutes of the match.
Queens’ head coach Mahziar Peyrow said his team didn’t play well at all.
“We came out flat in the first half. We weren’t here to play. The other team showed up to play and we didn’t,” he said.
“We stepped it up in the second half a little bit but if we played that way from the beginning it would have been a different outcome.”
The Broncos provided most of the pressure early on but the Queens had some high-quality scoring chances late in the second half but were unable to capitalize.
“They were doing well there. That’s that moment they finally clicked and were playing well,” he said.
“We were getting some opportunities but then we just fell apart in the back. They got through with a lucky one and the rest is what it is.”
Queens captain Sofia Quinteros won player of the game for the Queens through her individual efforts on the field.
“She definitely dealt with some scrappy play but she kept pushing for it. It was frustrating for her… There’s a lot chippy play going on but Sofia managed it well and she was able to keep the team moving. She deserved the player of the match,” Peyrow said.
The Queens continue to be without Sein Furuyama who tore her ACL during the CCAA Nationals last year. She also broke the ACAC single-season scoring record in 2022.
Peyrow explained she just had another MRI and they’re waiting to hear back if they can play her this season or have to wait until next year.
The tear will require surgery but she may be able to play out the season until they can get her in.
The Queens also played on Sunday at Alberta-Augustana and will return home again next weekend with matches against Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.