For the better part of 50 minutes, they weathered the Thunder storm. In the end, though, they got zapped.
The Portage College Voyageurs Women's Soccer team put forward a valiant effort Saturday afternoon at Aurora Middle School in Lac La Biche, doing their best to keep the visiting Concordia Thunder – and Mother Nature – at bay. With the wind howling and the more-experienced visitors circling like sharks, the Voyageurs managed to enter halftime down only 2-0. Head Coach Kika Mukuninwa was very impressed.
"They played fantastic," he said of his group after the match. "There was real team cohesion from start to finish. They really improved upon last week's games."
The second half was a tougher tale, as the Thunder started rolling and converted several of their scoring opportunities. By the time the dust had settled – not that it could really settle, given the blustery conditions – Concordia's Rebecca Leavell had potted five goals and added an assist while teammate and Thunder player of the game Breanna Callander had chipped in a goal and an assist. Final score: 12-0.
Despite the result, Mukuninwa was pleased with his players' compete level and team spirit, exemplified by Voyageur player of the game Stephanie Tracy.
"They were all positive right to the end," he said. "There was happiness because they knew they worked hard and never gave up. That's definitely something that we can build on!"