The NAIT Ooks men’s and women’s soccer teams both entered play on Saturday looking to build upon their previous success against the Augustana Vikings, a team which both Ooks teams had defeated earlier in the season. Not only was the success duplicated, but triumphed in a big way as both score lines were lopsided victories for the Ooks, 5-1 for the men and 5-0 for the women.
On the men’s side, the team was able to put up five goals in their road victory over the Vikings, with Sebastian Cabrera leading the charge with a pair and the other goal scorers being Julian Gonzalez, Austin Northcott and Jeshua Calderon. There was almost certainly some bad blood carried over from the previous match, as the game was a physical and chippy affair that led to some questionable intervention and calls from the referees. However, the Ooks were able to overcome this and push their record to 4-1 as they enter the final month of the season.
For the women’s team, it was again a five goal performance, capped by Kayla Michaels scoring four of the team’s goals and Megan Lyons chipping in the other. The game was a physical affair that provided limited space for the Ooks to utilize. Each of the four goals scored by Michaels exhibited a different set of skills that reigning Player of the Year has in her possession, which head coach Carole Holt says makes her “very hard to defend.”
The captain of the team, Alysha Elyk, was named the player of the game, thanks to her ability to lead the midfield and contain the attack of the Vikings. The win maintains the Ooks’ undefeated record as they head into the most difficult part of their season. The ladies will need to do so without the services of defender Kelsey Mitchell, who is likely to miss the rest of the season with an upper body injury.
Next on the ledger for the Ooks is a trip to Grande Prairie to face the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) Wolves (2-3) for a pair of away games on Oct. 3 and 4, with the men starting at 2 p.m. both days. The GPRC men’s squad has struggled for most of this season, having lost 4-0 to King’s College at home in their most recent match. For the women’s squad and their perfect 5-0 record and No. 2 ranking in the Canadian College Athletic Association rankings, it will be on the line as they face the 4-1 Wolves on the same dates at noon. The Wolves have been improving as the season carries forward, suffering their only loss in their second regular season game at the hands of the Concordia Thunder. The last match played by GP was a 2-0 home victory over the King’s College Eagles and they look to continue this momentum into the next match. Stay updated on the results by following the Ooks on Twitter @naitooks.