What a difference a week makes! Six days after losing 18-1 to the Concordia Thunder in Edmonton, the Portage College Voyageurs Men's Soccer squad gave their city visitors a much tougher return match in Lac La Biche on Saturday.
Like the aptly named Steele Nichols, Portage's player of the game, the Voyageurs showed a steely determination to keep the game competitive and defend their turf. And while the 8-0 victory for the Thunder didn't exactly flatter the home team, the final score wasn't indicative of the overall quality of play, given that Concordia added three late goals to put the game out of reach. For the Thunder, Victor Majome potted four goals but wasn't named player of the game. That honour went to Kenny Johnson, who played a stellar defensive game.
Given the quality of the opposition, Voyageurs Head Coach Kika Mukuninwa was pleased with how his troops responded to last week's loss.
"Everybody gave it their all," he said. "The mistakes that we made last week that were easily fixable were not repeated this week. That's a testament to the players' concentration and effort."
Mukuninwa wasn't the only one to notice the Voyageurs' improved performance, either. Thunder Head Coach Hussein Shabdi was complimentary of the home team after the match.
"They played a good game," he said. "It was good to see."