RDC Kings second-year midfielder Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto slides a ball just under the legs of Ambrose University Lions goalie Matthew Stacey in the second half. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Red Deer Polytechnic soccer players earn All-Conference honours

Four Red Deer Polytechnic student-athletes have been named to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference’s 2021-22 All-Conference teams.

From the Kings, Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto, Kaidri Bornyi and Wataru Oguchi were named to the Men’s Soccer South All-Conference team, and Sofia Quinteros, a first-year member of the Queens, was honoured as a Women’s Soccer South All-Conference team selection.

“These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication that these student-athletes have demonstrated throughout the year to their teams, Red Deer Polytechnic athletics, and our institution,” said Kristine Plastow, RDP dean of students.

“We are very proud of their accomplishments on and off the field. Our Kings and Queens soccer coaches should also be commended, as these All-Conference selections reflect their vast expertise and commitment to the Red Deer Polytechnic soccer program.”

Brazil’s Neto, Edmonton’s Bornyi, and Japan’s Oguchi played significant roles in the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team (4-1-1) as it earned second in the ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division. Over six regular-season games, the Kings outscored their opponents 22-6.

Neto, a third-year forward, scored seven times in six games, tying for the second-most goals in the league. One of his goals was a game-winner. The Kinesiology Fitness and Health student added one assist.

Bornyi, a second-year midfielder and Open Studies student, started in all six regular-season games, recording one goal.

Oguchi, who was in his first season, excelled in his role as a defender, limiting the opposition’s offensive opportunities.

The RDP Kings will face the Lakeland College Rustlers for ACAC bronze Saturday.

Midfielder Quinteros helped guide the Queens (4-2-0) to third place in the ACAC Women’s Soccer South Division with offensive and defensive contributions. The Bachelor of Science Nursing student contributed four goals and two assists in six games.

The RDP Queens were the top offensive team in the league, averaging 6.83 goals per game. The squad was the second-best defensive team in the south, only allowing 1.67 goals against per contest.

The Queens will host the Concordia University Thunder for conference bronze Saturday.

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