Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team on quest to return to nationals
Face division rivals at home to start new campaign
There’s a quiet confidence surrounding the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team as they prepare for the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) 2021/2022 season, and for good reason.
When the Kings last played in November 2019, they placed sixth at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer National Championship, which was the highest ranking of the two ACAC teams. The Lethbridge College Kodiaks finished eighth in Ontario.
The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings, who won an ACAC 2019 silver medal, are believed to be equally as talented this year, and some may argue that they have more skill.
With months of practicing and training, and two exhibition games under their belt, the RDP Kings are enthusiastic and looking to put all the pieces together as they hit the field for a shortened six game schedule after nearly a two-year absence of ACAC games due to COVID-19.
“It is absolutely outstanding to be back on the pitch,” says Gerald Grobmeier, Kings Soccer Head Coach. “This year is a sprint. From the moment we hear the first whistle we must be on our game. We want to build on our accomplishments from 2019 and return to nationals.”
With a large contingent of student-athletes around central Alberta this past summer, the Kings were able to start training sooner.
“We had a large core of players here, so we were able to start practicing in early June just as the COVID- 19 public health measures were aligned,” says Grobmeier. “We are very fortunate because much of this team is made up of Red Deer Renegades alumni. Then we had more players show up in July, so we’ve had a good month and half of practices with the team all together.”
Renegades alumni Kristofer Grobmeier, defender Hayden Jacobs, midfielders Kaidri Bornyi, Gabriel Martins Fonseca and All-Conference selection Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto, along with forward Gabriel Fleury de Queiroz are returning this year from the 2019/2020 Kings. This group will be counted on for their contributions on and off the field.
“One of our leaders this year is my son Kristofer, who is a third-year centre back, so we look towards him,” says Grobmeier. “We also look towards the student-athletes from Brazil to show the others what it takes to compete in the ACAC.”
Third-years Gabriel Martins Fonseca and Gabriel Fleury de Queiroz, both Bachelor of Business Administration General Management students, and Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto, who is enrolled in Kinesiology Fitness and Health, comprise the trio of gifted Brazilians.
“We also rely on some of the newer guys for leadership like Ajdin [Sarcevic], Kirkland [Moody] and Jared [St. Thomas],” explains Grobmeier. “Although they are new to the program, they come with a lot of experience. Ajdin played in the Bosnia, Kirkland has competed internationally, and Jared played at a very high level in Ontario.”
Sarcevic, who is Renegades alumni, competed as a midfielder for NK Prodgrmec Sanski in the Bosnian Division II league. Red Deer’s Moody played professional soccer in Jamaica. Lacombe’s St. Thomas has experience as a goalkeeper with Ottawa South United, which is a semi-professional soccer team.
Along with Sarcevic, Moody, and St. Thomas, the RDP Kings have added some key players for 2021/2022. Musa Abedi, Isaiah Albright, Jesus Amaris, Carson Coady, Brian Grantham, Nicholas Min, Wataru Oguchi, Adan Sanchez-Pimental, Sheku Sesay, Emmanuel Siaw, Wakuto Tamura, Garrett Thompson and Thomson Wellie will wear the Kings uniform this season.
Two familiar student-athletes will return to the team after an absence. Renegades alumni Osvaldo Aguilar, who last competed at the Polytechnic in 2018/2019, and Masoum Zaher, who played in 2016/2017, are back on the Kings roster.
In a pair of exhibition games, the RDP Kings tied the Keyano College Huskies 1-1 and then they shutout The King’s University Eagles 5-0. Those experiences provided the student-athletes and coaches with a range of learning opportunities.
“Those two days of exhibition games were extremely helpful for us,” says Grobmeier. “In the first half against the Eagles, we created a lot of chances, but we couldn’t put the ball in the net. It started to come to us in the second half, but it still needs to be cleaned up.”
At half-time, the Kings and Eagles were knotted 0-0. Then Red Deer Polytechnic exploded for five goals in the second half.
“In those games we learned a lot about the players, lineup combinations, and what works and what doesn’t work for us,” says Grobmeier. “In both games, for about 20 minutes into the first half we lost our way, but we got back on track and it showed our players that if we stick to our system, it really works. These boys are extremely dedicated. They all have an extremely high soccer IQ and are very coachable which makes my job easier.”
The 2021/2022 Kings roster is diverse, with players from around the world.
“We have a lot of different nationalities on the team, so it is fun,” says Grobmeier. “Different nationalities play the game in different ways, so we are melding that all together into one cohesive system.”
Along with Canada, the student-athletes have identified their hometowns in Brazil, Iran, Japan, and the United States.
The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings have one more non-conference game against the Olds College Broncos at home on September 12 as a final tune up before the regular season begins against the defending ACAC Champions, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks, five days later.
“It’ll be a great test for us, and it’ll show us where we are at. I know the Kodiaks will be well coached and ready to go with high profile players,” says Grobmeier. “We’ve had good battles with them over the past few years and I expect it to be a one goal game, in our favour.”
In 2019, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (8-1-3) finished second in the ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division. The Kings (7-3-2) were third.
On Friday, September 17, the Kings will host the Kodiaks at the Red Deer Polytechnic Main Field at 4 pm to begin the new campaign.
“Training is fine, but we do this to be on the pitch and battle. I love it,” says Grobmeier. “All the boys love it, and this is why we play soccer.”
Queens and Kings Soccer squads heading to ACAC South Finals
Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics Recap
Both the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens Soccer squads earned important victories and advanced to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) South Division finals.
The Cross Country Running team had another superb performance at Running Room Grand Prix #3 in Calgary.
Queens Soccer | Friday, October 15 | RDP Main Field
The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens defeated the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings 7-3 in the ACAC Women’s Soccer South Division quarter-finals.
Stettler’s Alisha Coules scored four goals for the Queens. Jenica Swartz, Sofia Quinteros, and Dominique Jackson added singles.
Queens Soccer | Sunday, October 17 | Lethbridge College
The Queens picked up a huge 2-1 overtime road win over the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in the ACAC South Division semi-finals.
Jenica Swartz, a Bachelor of Science Pre-Professional – Medicine student, struck during regulation time. Sherwood Park’s Paige Kalbfleisch scored in the second overtime frame, sealing a 2-1 win for the Queens.
The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens will play the SAIT Trojans in the ACAC South Division finals on Saturday, October 23 on the road.
Kings Soccer | Sunday, October 17 | RDP Main Field
The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings defeated the Lethbridge College Kodiaks 5-1 in the ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division semi-finals.
Brazil’s Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto scored a pair of goals for the Kings. Gabriel Fleury de Queiroz, Thomson Wellie, and Osvaldo Aguilar Hererra also found the back of the net for the Polytechnic.
The Kings will face the SAIT Trojans in the ACAC South Division finals on Saturday, October 23 in Calgary.
Cross Country Running | Grand Prix #3 | Saturday, October 16 | St. Mary’s University
The Red Deer Polytechnic Cross Country Running team performed very well at Running Room Grand Prix #3. The Kings finished second as a group. The Queens sealed third. This was the final race before the ACAC Championships on Saturday, October 30 in Camrose.
Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics is proud to announce the RDP Athletes of the Week:
1. Paige Kalbfleisch– Queens Soccer
Hometown – Sherwood Park, Bachelor of Science Nursing (1st year)
Midfielder Paige Kalbfleisch played an important role in the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Soccer team earning a pair of wins this past weekend and advancing to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Soccer South Division final.
In Friday’s 7-3 quarter-final win over the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings, the first-year Bachelor of Science Nursing student assisted on the Queens’ opening goal. Against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks, the talented student-athlete from Sherwood Park had a monumental performance in the south semi-finals. Kalbfleisch assisted on the Queens’ first goal, which tied the game in the 78th minute. Then in double overtime, she scored in the 105th minute, helping the Polytechnic earn a 2-1 road decision. Kalbfleisch was named the Queens Player of the Game.
On Saturday, October 23, the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens will face the SAIT Trojans in the ACAC South Division final in Calgary.
2. Devin Saunders – Kings Cross Country Running
Hometown – Red Deer, Bachelor of Business Administration General Management (3rd year)
Devin Saunders had an outstanding race for the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Cross Country Running team at Running Room Grand Prix #3 this past Saturday. The third-year student-athlete was a key contributor in helping the Kings earn second place as a group. The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings (34 points) trailed first
place SAIT (30) by only four points, and impressively ranked 26 points ahead of third place Lethbridge College (60).
Individually, the Bachelor of Business Administration General Management student ran a personal best, completing the 8 km course in 27:49 and finishing fifth among ACAC male participants. Saunders provides valuable leadership on the young Red Deer Polytechnic Cross Country Running team. Red Deer’s Saunders and his teammates are ready to compete for a medal at the ACAC Cross Country Running Championships on Saturday, October 30 in Camrose.
This Week in Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics
The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens Soccer squads will compete against the SAIT Trojans in the playoffs.
Queens Soccer | Saturday, October 23 | 12 pm | SAIT Field
The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Soccer team will play the SAIT Trojans in the ACAC South Division final in Calgary.
The Queens have played well in the postseason and enter this match with momentum after defeating the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in double overtime in the division semi-finals. SAIT blanked Medicine Hat College 5-0 in its semi-final match. In the regular season, the Trojans downed the Queens 2-0, but Red Deer Polytechnic (4-2-0) played well and pushed the undefeated SAIT (6-0-0) squad.
The NAIT Ooks and Concordia University Thunder will battle in the ACAC North Division final. The winners of Saturday’s north and south matches will play for ACAC gold.
Kings Soccer | Saturday, October 23 | 2 pm | SAIT Field
The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team will challenge the SAIT Trojans in the ACAC South Division final on the road.
SAIT (5-0-1) picked up a 4-0 decision over the Kings (4-1-1) during the regular season, but Red Deer Polytechnic didn’t have its most consistent performance. The Trojans dropped the Medicine Hat College Rattlers 5-1 in the South Division semi-finals.
The NAIT Ooks and Lakeland College Rustlers will battle in the ACAC North Division final. The winners from the north and south finals will meet for ACAC gold.
For more information on Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, please visit: rdcathletics.ca
Queens and Kings both hosting playoff games this weekend!
Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics Update
Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics is proud to announce the RDP Athletes of the Week:
1. Estel Quinteros – Queens Soccer
Hometown – Edmonton, AB
Bachelor of Science Nursing (1st year)
This past weekend, Estel Quinteros played extremely well for the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Soccer team. On Friday against the SAIT Trojans, the first-year defender had a solid performance which helped give the Queens a chance to down the undefeated visitors. The Queens and Trojans were scoreless at the half, but SAIT capitalized on two opportunities in the latter 45 minutes for a 2-0 edge. Quinteros demonstrated her high soccer IQ by making smart decisions, moving the ball effectively, and playing well positionally.
In Sunday’s 6-3 road victory over the Medicine Hat College Rattlers, the Bachelor of Science Nursing student played an integral role in the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens (4-2) solidifying third place in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Soccer South Division. Once again, Quinteros was effective for the Queens, recording two of the team’s 21 shots on goal and playing well on both sides of the ball. She was recognized as the Queens Player of the Game.
The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens will face the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings in the ACAC Women’s Soccer South Division quarter-finals.
2. Thomson Wellie – Kings Soccer
Hometown – Grand Bassa, Maryland – Academic Upgrading (1st year)
Thomson Wellie had consistent performances for the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team against the SAIT Trojans and Medicine Hat College Rattlers this past weekend. Along with his strong work ethic, the Academic Upgrading student used his speed and provided the Kings a spark offensively in the pair of games. Despite a 4-0 setback to SAIT on Friday, Wellie was one of the Kings’ best players. Then on Sunday, the first-year forward had another solid outing, keeping the Medicine Hat College Rattlers on their heels. The student-athlete from Grand Bassa pushed the pace and hit two posts in the match. For his outstanding effort, Wellie was named the Kings Player of the Game. With the win, the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings (4-1-1) sealed second spot in the ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division and a bye to the division semi-finals.
The Kings will play the winner between the Lethbridge College Kodiaks and Ambrose University Lions, who are battling in the south quarter-finals.
This Week in Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics
The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens Soccer squads will begin the postseason at home. The Cross Country Running team will compete at Running Room Grand Prix #3 in Calgary.
Here is a summary of what is happening this week:
Queens Soccer | Friday, October 15 | 4 pm | RDP Main Field
After months of practicing, training, and playing games, the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Soccer team knows its opponent in the first round of the playoffs. The Queens will host the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings in the ACAC Women’s Soccer South Division quarter-finals on Friday, October 15 at 4 pm.
The Queens finished the six-game regular season with a solid 4-2 record, placing third in the standings. The U of A Augustana Vikings (1-5) finished sixth in the south. In the previous game between the two squads, the Queens dominated the Vikings 8-1. In that match, Red Deer’s Corbynn Fujimoto led the way offensively with three goals for the Polytechnic. The Vikings were awarded their lone win on October 9 when the Ambrose University Lions forfeited the match. The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens have steadily improved throughout the shortened season and even pushed the undefeated SAIT Trojans (6-0-0) in a close 2-0 setback. While first-year Jenica Swartz led the Queens and league with 14 regular season goals, eight other student-athletes have found the back of the net. Kristy Hernandez was the Vikings’ regular season offensive leader with four goals. Four other student-athletes contributed goals for U of A Augustana.
The Queens enter the postseason as the highest scoring team in ACAC Women’s Soccer, averaging 6.83 goals per game. They are tied with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks as the second-best defensive squad in the south, only allowing 1.67 goals against per contest. Conversely, the Vikings have scored 1.80 goals and have allowed 6.20 goals against per game.
Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Soccer Head Coach Mahziar Peyrow has the team concentrating on some aspects of its game leading up to Friday’s postseason contest. “We know what to expect going into playoffs with certain teams. We have to work on some things and that’s our pace breaking out from the back,” he said. “We need to have that quite a bit faster. If we can capitalize on our breakouts quickly, I think we will be able to have some good results.”
The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens return to the playoffs after a brief absence. In 2018/2019, the Queens (8- 2-2) finished second in the south but dropped their quarter-final to the Concordia University Thunder 4-1. The Queens last won an ACAC medal in 2012/2013, when they earned bronze by shutting out the Medicine Hat College Rattlers 3-0. This season, the Queens are looking to return to the podium.
The winner of this match will face the second place Kodiaks in Lethbridge on Sunday, October 17 at 3 pm in the division semi-finals.
Kings Soccer | Sunday, October 17 | 3 pm | RDP Main Field
The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team will be competing in the ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division semi-finals after receiving a bye, but the opponent has not yet been determined. The second place Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team (4-1-1) will host the winner between the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (4-2) and Ambrose University Lions (0-6), who are battling in a quarter-final match. The ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division semi-final will take place on Sunday, October 17 at 3 pm at Red Deer Polytechnic.
During the regular season, the Kings defeated the Kodiaks 5-1 and handily shutout the Lions 10-0. Brazil’s Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto was Red Deer Polytechnic’s offensive catalyst, recording a hat trick in both of those contests.
In addition to Humberto Mourao Neto’s team leading seven regular season goals, nine other student- athletes have contributed goals in a balanced Kings’ attack. Red Deer Polytechnic scored the most in the ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division (3.67 goals per game). The Kings are the second-best defensive team in the division, averaging 1.00 goals against per contest.
Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer Head Coach Gerald Grobmeier wants the student-athletes to focus on what they can control, which is their effort, performance, and execution. “With that bye we don’t know who we are playing, but that’s fine,” he said. “I’m confident in this team. We just need to do our job and not plan for a particular team. We need to play our game and it’ll take care of itself.”
The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings are looking to build on their results from the 2019/2020 season when they earned ACAC silver and sixth at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer National Championship. The third place Kodiaks and sixth seed Lions will play on Friday in a quarter-final match.
Cross Country Running | Grand Prix #3 | Saturday, October 16 | 2 pm | St. Mary’s University
The Red Deer Polytechnic Cross Country Running team will compete in Running Room Grand Prix #3. This season, the Cross Country Running team has received contributions from veterans and first-year student-athletes which has placed the Kings and Queens in the top three at previous competitions. The RDP Kings earned first place at Running Room Grand Prix #1 (North) and the Queens sealed third in Edmonton. At Running Room Grande Prix #2, the Red Deer Polytechnic Cross Country Running team won the combined team trophy. In that race, the Kings finished second and the Queens wrapped up third. They will look to carry on that momentum into Running Room Grand Prix #3 on Saturday. This race will be the final tune-up before the ACAC Cross Country Running Championships on October 30 in Camrose.
For more information on RDP Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, please visit: rdcathletics.ca
Revisiting the “All-inclusive” in Cozumel – by Gerry Feehan
Pam Davidson wins Senate Election – Red Deer sends message with Equalization vote and choosing Daylight Saving Time
Wild TV launches streaming app for hunting enthusiasts
Mayor Ken Johnston wins big. Jefferies, Buruma, Barnstable, and Doerksen join council
Community1 day ago
Fill those yellow bags to ease shortages at the Red Deer Food Bank
Also Interesting2 days ago
How to Throw a Casino Style Party for Friends at Home
Top Story CP2 days ago
Supreme Court of Canada sides with injured woman in snow-clearing squabble
Top Story CP2 days ago
Pfizer will ship millions of vaccine doses for kids as soon as it’s approved: Trudeau
Top Story CP1 day ago
Mohawk Council of Kahnawake ‘repulsed’ by politicization of Habs’ land acknowledgment
Alberta2 days ago
CPL Roundup: Cavalry extends undefeated streak with 2-1 win over Pacific
Alberta1 day ago
'You're looking at it:' Undercover officer says suspect led them to burial site
Top Story CP9 hours ago
Warrant: Baldwin didn’t know weapon contained live round