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
Kings Soccer team ads a draw and another win to unbeaten record
Brent Forster – RDP Athletics
Even though the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Olds College Broncos tied 1-1 on Saturday, the Kings felt like they didn’t play up to their full potential. Twenty-four hours later, the RDP Kings made adjustments and played within their system, dominating the visiting Broncos 5-0.
“I thought we played much more of our game today. Yesterday we got into dump and chase type soccer and that’s not what this team is built on,” said Gerald Grobmeier, Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer Head Coach. “We went back to things we practiced and things we implemented. When the Kings play within our system and play within that style of soccer, as you can see, the result is very, very good.”
In the ninth minute, Red Deer’s Kirk Moody gave the RDP Kings a 1-0 edge with a right foot strike to the top corner behind Broncos goalkeeper Parys Ona MacArthur. Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto, a third year forward, had the assist.
Twenty-nine minutes later, Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto used his speed up the right side and found room behind MacArthur for a two goal cushion. RDP first-year midfielder Jesus Amaris picked up the assist.
Humberto Mourao Neto (10) and Fleury de Queiroz (9)
Early in the second half, Red Deer Polytechnic added its third marker. Kirk Moody, a Bachelor of Arts Psychology student, dribbled past several Broncos defenders and forced MacArthur to make a save. The Olds College goalkeeper couldn’t contain the ball and Kaidri Bornyi deposited the rebound into the net.
The Kings kept the pressure on.
The Broncos’ best offensive opportunity came in the 75th minute when midfielder Said Khalil rattled a shot off the crossbar. Kings goalkeeper Jared St Thomas remained unbeaten on the afternoon, turning aside a total of five shots.
Shortly after, RDP’s Gabriel Fleury de Queiroz converted a penalty kick, solidifying a 5-0 edge after picking the lower left corner.
Kaidri Bornyi was selected as the North Star Sports Kings Player of the Game.
“I thought Kaidri had a huge bounce back from yesterday. Today, he really controlled the middle of the park,” said Grobmeier. “His passing accuracy was probably over 90 per cent. He was calm on the ball. He helped us defensively when we needed it. He was in all the right places and made all the right decisions today.”
The Kings had contributions from all of the student-athletes.
“On these days when I could pick any 11 of these players for Player of the Game, you’re going to get a good result,” said Grobmeier. “Today, we had so many players step up. Our bench, when they subbed in, they did all of the right things. It was a good result. We did leave a lot of goals on the field, though. We had a lot of other opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on.”
Goalkeeper Parys Ona MacArthur was recognized as North Star Sports Broncos Player of the Game, making eight saves.
The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings (2-0-1) will play the Ambrose University Lions (0-2-1) on Friday, October 1 at 5 pm at the RDP Main Field.
The Olds College Broncos (1-2-1) and the Rattlers (0-2-1) will clash in Medicine Hat on Saturday, October 2 at 3 pm.
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