The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens soccer team is playing on a whole nother level this season and it showed Saturday afternoon in a 7-0 one-sided victory against Alberta-Augustana.
The Queens have now won eight in a row in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) action after dropping the season opener to the SAIT Trojans and now sit at the top of the North Division standings.
Head coach of the Queens Mahziar Peyrow said his team started off very strong and kept their composure throughout the match.
“[The goals] started adding up in the second half which is kind of nice,” Peyrow said adding the 12-0 win they played Friday night against Ambrose took a toll on them. “They were tired you could tell. We broke down in the back really bad.”
“Fatigue really set in and you could tell the fatigue was from the game before and it’s tough towards the end of the season like this. Playing two games back-to-back, especially with a turnaround like that was hard for them.”
Despite how tired they may have been it didn’t slow down the Queens’ ability to score and the team was dominant on both ends of the field. Grace Smith and Jenica Swartz notched two goals each. Meanwhile, captain Alisha Coules, Paige Kalbfleisch, and Erica Navarro all contributed a goal.
Coules also added an assist and won player of the game, much to the delight of her head coach.
“She’s been honestly one of the best captains I’ve ever seen in any sport. Just on the field and off the field. [She’s] always working with the athletes, always keeping them engaged, and keeping them motivated,” Peyrow said.
“There are no words to explain how proud I am of her for this week dealing with getting the CCAA athlete of the week, and ACAC athlete of the week. It’s insane what she’s pulled off and today in this game really showed too. She was engaged in the press and was the first one to engage the press every single time and did not give up.”
Coules said after the last few months of training together they’re starting to play together as a team.
“We’re utilizing everybody’s strengths at this point and we’re moving the ball well,” Coules said. “The biggest thing with our team is moving off the ball and we’re starting to do that and we’re exploiting holes… Sein [Furuyama] coming in from Japan she’s saved us on so many different occasions but it takes a team to get it up to her and our team is working really well together this year.”
Sein Furuyama, who did not score in Saturday’s game, is also having a season for the ages. The imported player from Japan currently has 25 goals and three assists for 53 points.
According to ACAC archives, the single-season individual record for most goals in a season is 26 set by NAIT’s Kayla Michaels in the 2014-15 season. With three games remaining in the season barring any unforeseen circumstances Furuyama should break the record.
“The other athletes have told her there’s a record out there to break and you could see it today,” Peyrow said. “She was in her own head today and all she was trying to do was break that record. She’s got to shake that because she’s a great player and she will score those goals… I’m certain she’s going to break that record.”
The Queens as a team are also nearing the single-season record for most goals in a season, which is 77. The record was set by NAIT in the 2019-20 season and currently, the Queens have 74.
Next up for the Queens is a home game against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Peyrow said it will be important for them to stay true to their game.
“We’ve worked hard all this week we’ve implemented into our games to be able to try in competition… We’re going to work hard all next week on how to deal with Lethbridge. We have their number and we’re going for them for sure,” Peyrow added.