The Drumheller Mail
The U16 girls Rage soccer team are moving up the standings after two shut out wins last week.
The Rage ended the week in fourth spot in the standing, but with an identical win-loss record to Didsbury, with one game in hand, meaning the team has room to keep driving towards the post season.
On Monday, May 25, the Rage hosted Olds. Like many of the Rage’s previous outings, they dominated play. This time they capitalized with Emilie Toews notching two goals on penalty kicks, one coming 12 minutes in, and then a second early in the second half. Madison Dube scored to make it three. Kelsey Christal stood tall in net earning a shutout.
“We dominated the whole game,” said Makse. “We really needed that win coming off of two losses. That game was the mid point of the season, and we wanted to be at least at .500.”
Then followed Monday’s performance, the Rage played Carstairs on Wednesday, May 27 at home.
At about the 20-minute mark, Megan Duncalf scored the first goal. Again, the Rage put on the pressure, but it took a while to find the net. Then 15 minutes into the second half, Janelle Simmoneau volleyed a ball past the goalie after some strong passing to advance the ball.
Carstairs showed more resolve in the second half, and in the last 10 minutes, they poured on pressure. Christal came up with a big save on a penalty shot to keep the visiting team at bay. Final score: 2-nil.
“Things are getting better and there is a lot of room for improvement. The bottom line is we’re getting better. We are improving every game,” said Makse. “It is good to see us win two games, and dominating the play. We are very solid on defense, and our midfielders and forwards are getting better playing together.”
The Rage are off this week, but because of rescheduling they will be playing three games in four days to catch up. Their next action at home will be on Monday, June 8 against Didsbury.