CLOSE – Quicksilver player Trish Pizzey uses some fancy footwork to try and keep the ball away from opponents Hannah Hackett and Theresa Donkar of Burman University’s Aurora team.

CLOSE – Quicksilver player Trish Pizzey uses some fancy footwork to try and keep the ball away from opponents Hannah Hackett and Theresa Donkar of Burman University’s Aurora team.

Aurora soccer takes down Quicksilver in recent match

The ladies of Burman University (formerly Canadian University College) are back in the season after a winter break

The ladies of Burman University (formerly Canadian University College) are back in the season after a winter break and are eager to continue to build their skills.

The Aurora team took on Red Deer’s Quicksilver Soccer in the Collicutt Centre, and came out victorious with a score of 2-0.

The two teams took over the pavilion for an intense game of back-and-forth.

Assistant coach Jon Nichols was pleased overall with the game which took place on Monday. “It was a little scary in the first 10 minutes, but the girls rallied and came back and played some excellent soccer. It’s been a good season so far,” Nichols said.

“Our keeper really kept us in the game today, and she played some really good net. So that helped us win – if she can keep them out, and we can put one or two in, that’s all we need.”

Both teams worked at battling for the ball, with many shots taken on each goal.

In the first period, there was no action in terms of scoring points but there was some fancy footwork by the Aurora girls to maintain control of the ball.

This was one of the first games after the winter holiday break, and coaches said that the girls were feeling the pressure to get their game to where it was before break.

“Since we’ve been back from the Christmas holidays, we’re trying to get our cardio back. We’re trying to get our legs back. It’s a struggle, but that’s been our focus for the last two weeks. We want to get back to where we were before the holidays because I think we were playing a lot better,” said Head Coach Sam Asante.

According to Gabby Edmond, one of Aurora’s goal scorers for the evening, the game was competitive and her team worked hard for their win.

“Our game tonight was pretty intense, especially just because we’re still getting back into it from Christmas break. But we pulled it together, thankfully and did good overall.

I think we’ve all been keeping up and doing our part this season,” Edmond said.

Aurora’s girls were constantly trying to get shots in on their opponents. There was resistance from the Quicksilver ladies, and quality legwork on both teams. The game consisted of a number of back-and-forth instances of possession between the two teams, but ultimately, Aurora’s two breakaway goals led them to victory.

Kristie Dost, who also scored for her team, agreed with her coach that some much-needed cardio would benefit after the winter break. She said that the other thing her team is working on is delivering cleaner passes, and that they have progressed since last year.

The Aurora team also tries to maintain an interest in public services.

According to Asante, the team has travelled for the last three or four years to perform services in a different community than their own.

“We’re hoping to take a trip to somewhere in B.C. not only to play some soccer matches but to do some kind of service for one of the local churches. We also have plans for another church service at the Salvation Army Church in Wetaskiwin,” Asante said.

“Several years ago we did a fundraiser called ‘Goals for Afghanistan’. This was a brainchild of our then captain, Hannah Hackett. The girls got pledges for every goal scored during the season and the money went to build one classroom in an all-girls school in Afghanistan. They raised about $5,000.”


Just Posted

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

The Sylvan Lake Gulls show off the home jerseys (white) and their way jerseys at the Gulls Media Day on June 17, before the season opener. Following the media day, the team took to the field for their first practise. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake Gulls ready to throw first pitch as construction continues

The Gulls inaugural season kicks off June 18 with a game against the Edmonton Prospects

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

A lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS
No winning ticket sold for Friday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

The huge jackpot has remained unclaimed for several weeks now

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

The Montreal Police logo is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Some Quebec politicians are calling for an investigation after a video was released that appears to show a Montreal police officer with his leg on a young Black man’s neck during an arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Probe called for after video appearing to show Montreal officer’s knee on Black youth’s neck

Politicians call for investigation after clip evokes memories of George Floyd incident

Flora Northwest was taken to the Ermineskin residential school when she was six years old. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Ermineskin residential school survivor: ‘It just brings me back to the cries at night’

Discovery in Kamloops of remains of 215 children a painful time for survivors

Thousands of protesters make their way through the downtown core during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ottawa, Friday June 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs’ study of systemic racism in policing concludes RCMP needs new model

Chair of the House public safety committee says it’s time for a reckoning on ‘quasi-military’ structure

Most Read