Broncos upset Rattlers at home

The Medicine Hat College Rattlers welcomed the Olds College Broncos to town on a warm sunny Saturday. The game got off to a very fast start with Rattlers Forward Raouf Mohamed stole the opening pass and ran down the side, earning a corner for the home squad. The broncos quickly recovered and were able to generate a weak shot at the other end. Both teams seemed unsure of themselves early, not confident in their first touch. This lead to scrambles from both teams. A rattlers scramble almost cost them early as the Broncos generated a great chance just 7 minutes into the game. What should have been a goal, was an incredible save from Joao Batista to keep the visitors off the scoresheet. Again the Broncos broke through and again Joao Batista kept the rattlers in the game. The teams continued to play at a very high pace and the Broncos were able to generate a bunch of chances. A wonderful strike on a free kick from just outside the penalty area, Fabian Gromenida buried the ball in the corner. This sparked the rattlers for a quick burst down the field. Unable to capitalize they again came away empty handed. As the half moved into the later stages the play became more controlled and deliberate. Much more passing as opposed to long runs with the ball. As the half came to a close the score remained 1-0 broncos, still a close match.

The second half started just as the temperature started to cool off, the Broncos remained red hot. Scoring just over 1 minute into the half, Nigel Stebanuk buried a shot after a long solo run from almost half. The Speedy Olds forwards continued to burn the Rattlers back line. The home side could not seem to make the final touch to get in that finishing position. As the half moved into the middle portion, the play seemed to be confined to the Rattlers end. The Rattlers however, continued to show flashes of brilliance in moments pushing deep and quickly into the Broncos end. They still however ended up empty handed. Olds had the majority of good scoring chances and the large Medicine Hat field helped their speed game.  As the game clock wound down the result was all but final. The Rattlers could not generate any scoring chances and any they did were poor quality. The Broncos wrapped up a 2-0 win and upset the Rattlers at home.

The ACAC Players of the game were Wilson Ouattara for OC and Colin George Kirkland for MHC