Lethbridge College Kodiaks down RDC Queens as regular season winds down

Lethbridge College Kodiaks down RDC Queens as regular season winds down

Brent Forster - RDC

Red Deer, AB – The first place Lethbridge College Kodiaks had their offence rolling Saturday afternoon against the Red Deer College Queens. The Kodiaks struck four times in the first half and added a trio in the latter 45 minutes, taking a 7-0 road win.

Kodiaks midfielder Olivia DePasquale opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Then Lethbridge College Massage Therapy student Christine Moser scored twice in a six minute span. The third-year midfielder from Whitehorse found the top part of the net in the 29th minute and added another one in the 35th minute. Before the end of the half, Vicki Noronha tacked on the Kodiaks' fourth marker.

In the second half, Kodiaks Khloe Jankowski and Vicki Noronha scored 13 minutes apart. With time expiring, Vicki Noronha completed the hat trick and Lethbridge College picked up a 7-0 decision.

Queens goalkeeper Riley DeRaaf made eight saves. Michaela Stone and Paige Gattafoni shared the duties in the Kodiaks' net, and collectively had one shot to turn aside.

The RDC Queens haven't had a full roster for most of the season due to a lengthy list of injuries.

"We only played one game with a full squad against the Rattlers in Medicine Hat where we won 4-0. After that, we're dealing with concussions, ankles, knees, and so many different injuries. At this level and the shortness of the season, you really have to be healthy all season long to be able to compete," says Head Coach Esad Elkaz. 

"Especially in the south, with one win you are in the championship or you are out. Even with dealing with all the injuries, I think the ladies did very well. I still appreciate their willingness to work hard."

Bachelor of Science student Rebecca McBride was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game. Christine Moser received the honour for the Kodiaks.

Rebecca McBride (3)

"Rebecca is a workhorse. She never quits," says Elkaz. "Rebecca really stepped up when we needed it. I really appreciate her work ethic."

On Sunday, October 20, the Queens (4-7-0) will entertain the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (4-4-3) at RDC Main Field at noon in the final regular season game. At the same time, the Kodiaks (8-1-2) will play an away game against the U of A Augustana Vikings (6-5-0).