October 22nd, 2018

Playoffs hopes tumble after losses to Kodiaks

By None on October 9, 2018.

Medicine Hat News

A tough loss Sunday in Lethbridge has left the Medicine Hat College men’s soccer team needing some help if they want to make the playoffs.

The Rattlers fell 2-1 to the Kodiaks, who entered the game tied for third place in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference South Division.

Now 4-4-1 and three points behind 5-3-1 Lethbridge, Medicine Hat faces the same three teams the Kodiaks do down the stretch —two who are winless and one, Red Deer, which is 5-1-2 and currently second in the division.

Only the top three make the post-season and Lethbridge now owns the tiebreaker, as the teams tied their other regular season game 1-1 in Medicine Hat Sept. 16.

Substitute Charles Igwebuike scored two minutes after he was brought on the pitch in the second half, according to an ACAC report. That followed a Wilson Ntignee penalty kick in at the end of the first half that made the score 1-1.

After a diving stop by Hat keeper Joao Vitor Duz Batista in the first half, Colton Pacheco scored mid-way through the first for the visitors.

Women’s soccer

All 13 Rattlers women got minutes Sunday in Lethbridge, but they won’t see any time in the playoffs.

The Kodiaks earned a 4-0 win, improving to 5-3-1 and eliminating the 1-7-1 Rattlers from post-season contention.

With three games left in the regular season, Medicine Hat has either tied or beaten two of its remaining opponents. They play at Ambrose Friday, a rematch of a 1-1 draw from Sept. 15.

Vicki Noronha scored three times Sunday as her team only led 1-0 at halftime, but pulled away after that. Shots were 35-6 according to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. Christine Moser had the other goal early in the second half.

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