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September 26, 2012
Kwantlen Eagles continue streak at home
(Metro Vancouver, BC) – The Eagles played host for the first time this season on September 22 and 23 at Newton Athletic Park (Surrey).
On September 22, the Eagles got ready for the battle of the birds, welcoming the Langara Falcons to the pitch. The Falcons women’s soccer team came out flying with a high speed attack and direct system of play in the game’s first 20 minutes, but the Eagles’ defense remained ever vigilant and held them to minimal scoring chances throughout the match. Kwantlen’s birds emerged victorious with a 3-0 win; giving rookie goalie, Sukhleen Gill (Surrey) her third shut-out of the season!
The following day, the Eagles women played host to the Quest Kermodes. For the majority of the first half, Quest held possession and came out strong making the Eagles defense work hard and foil many Kermodes scoring chances. Late in the first half, the Eagles found their stride and pressed the Quest defense for a number of chances at net. The two adversaries continued to battle back and forth into the late stages of the match. Despite the valiant effort from the Eagles, Quest managed to edge out Kwantlen with a 2-1victory.
“After the third weekend of play, I am very impressed with the quality of play and efforts of all the teams we have matched up against thus far,” says Donn Sparks, head coach, women’s soccer team, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “This is a clear sign that, on any given weekend, we will have strong competition.”
The men’s Eagles started off slow against the Falcons even with a home pitch advantage on September 22. A late substitution bringing in rookie forward, Dalton San (Surrey), provided the Eagles with their first goal at the 68-minute mark, and a second goal 10 minutes later. Jacob Starheim (Delta) scored the final goal, ending the game with a 3-1 victory.
The men’s Eagles and Kermodes came out evenly matched on September 23. Coupled with the speed of the Eagles’ defensive line, the Kermodes struggled the majority of the time to push through for a decent shot. It was rookie keeper, Kyle Nairn’s (Delta) hard work and confidence in net that solidified their second win of the weekend with a 1-0 result.
“It was a great weekend for us,” said Ajit Braich, head coach, men’s soccer, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “Consistency brought us back into the game against Langara and Sunday proved to be a true team performance from the guys with an incredible debut from [Kyle] Nairn.”
The Eagles split games with the Douglas College Royals hosting on September 29, and travel to Coquitlam to take on the Royals September 30.
Complete game results can be found at: www.kwantlen.ca/eagles
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