File photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff RDC Queens midfielder Alisha Coules was named an ACAC All-Star this year.

Three RDC soccer players named ACAC All-Stars

Ahead of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association Soccer Championships, members of the RDC Kings and Queens were honoured for their performances this year.

Alisha Coules, a second-year forward from Settler was the lone member of the Queens to earn an ACAC South All-Star nod. Despite missing several games, she still scored nine goals and was in the top 10 of scoring for the entire ACAC. The Bachelor of Science nursing student also had three game winning goals and three assists.

Coules was in on 71 per cent of the Queens’ goals this season and also scored on half of her shots.

“Alisha is such a good person and a really good player,” says Queens Head Coach Esad Elkaz. “She has all the necessary attributes that make her an effective forward. Her speed, skill and technique are just unbelievable.”

Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto and Kyle Bett were also selected to the ACAC Men’s Soccer South All-Conference team. Neto, a second-year midfielder notched seven goals, including one game-winner.

The business administration student also scored on a penalty kick.

“PH (Pedro Humberto) is a key cog in our machine and when he is on his game, he is nearly impossible to deal with. A highly skilled player balanced with strength on the ball is hard to come by,” says Kings Head Coach Wade Groenewegen.

“He and his family have made huge sacrifices for him to be a King these last two seasons, and I am glad to see some rewards coming back his way.”

Bett, a third-year defender was a key piece in the Kings finishing the year 7-3-2 and earning a spot in the ACAC playoffs. He led the team with seven assists and started all 12 games on the year.

“Kyle has been an engine for our team going on three years now. He started out as a midfielder and was very good at it, but as time and necessity dictated, we wound up shifting him to wingback where he has proven to be one of the best in the league,” said Groenewegen of the Calgary native.

“Kyle will move on next year and someone will fill the position, but he won’t be replaced.”

Neto, Bett and the Kings play the Concordia University Thunder in the ACAC Soccer Championship quarter-finals Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

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