LAC LA BICHE, ALTA. - A short-handed Portage College Voyageurs men's soccer squad may have come up on the short end of the final score on Saturday, but showed flashes of a promising future that is giving their head coach reason for optimism. Down to 10 men for most of the second half, the Voyageurs lost 8-0 to the visiting Lakeland Rustlers, a team that had beaten them 15-0 only the week before.
Portage had several good scoring chances, and spent more time in their opponents' zone than in in previous home games at Aurora Middle School in Lac La Biche. Voyageur Player of the game Ebuka Nwosu was dancing like Fred Astaire all over the field, deking out more than a few Rustlers with his fancy footwork. "We still take pride in having one or two of the better players in the league," said Voyageurs Head Coach Claude Bolton. "Ebuka continues to impress all of our opponents and (David) Shcultz is a constant presence at either end of the field."
For the Rustlers, several players had a good contest, most notably player of the game Muhumura Muhoza, who notched a pair of goals and added three helpers for good measure.
Despite being frozen off the scoresheet on a freezing afternoon, Bolton had a warm and sunny outlook for the Voyageurs' future after the game. "It's obvious to see what our strengths and weaknesses are," he said. "These are all part of the journey as we continue to build a successful program for the next three to four years."
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
VOYAGEURS - Ebuka Nwosu
RUSTLERS - Muhumure Muhuzu
UP NEXT FOR PORTAGE COLLEGE VOYAGEURS - Travel to Edmonton to take on perenial championship contenders Concordia Thunder on Sunday, September 29 @ 2:00PM.