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Sarcevic joins Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer as Head Coach

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After an extensive search, Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics has named Ado Sarcevic the head coach of the Kings Soccer team.

Sarcevic brings an impressive playing and coaching resume to the Polytechnic, along with a familiarity of the RDP Soccer program and Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).

“We are thrilled to have Ado lead the Kings into the 2022/2023 season. He was a professional soccer player in Europe and former Yugoslavia, and has successfully coached at a variety of levels,” says Randy Stewart, Manager Athletics and Student Life. “Ado has previously assumed an assistant coach role with the Kings Soccer team for two years. We look forward to following the progression of the Kings as they strive to build upon last year’s second place regular season record in the south division and ACAC bronze medal.”

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team has evolved into one of the elite squads in the conference.

Along with winning hardware this past season, the Kings earned ACAC silver and placed sixth at nationals in 2019/2020, ranking as the top ACAC team in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The 2020/2021 season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Sarcevic has been an integral leader in growing soccer in central Alberta. He established the Red Deer Renegades, which provide competitive options for youth to develop and enhance their skills within Red Deer City Soccer Association (RDCSA). Sarcevic also served as Renegades Technical Director for a decade.

In addition, Sarcevic assumed the role of RDCSA General Manager and coached U12 to U18 squads, winning three U18 Alberta Championships with the Renegades. He also coached the Renegades Women’s team in the Alberta Major Soccer League and worked with central Alberta coaches to grow their expertise.

“I am very excited for this wonderful opportunity to become a member of Red Deer Polytechnic as Kings Soccer Head Coach,” says Sarcevic. “I’m looking forward to building exceptional soccer players, but most importantly, developing great citizens of our communities.”

Sarcevic will officially begin his coaching duties on May 2, 2022.

More information about Kings Soccer, including the roster and schedule, will be available in the fall at: rdpolytechathletics.ca.

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RDP Queens drop Trojans, share first place in the south

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Ever since the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens were edged by the SAIT Trojans 4-3 in the season opener, they had the October 2 rematch circled on their calendars.

Despite playing the Trojans tough in the first game, the RDP Queens had several injuries and ill student-athletes, and believed if they were healthy and played up to their potential they could topple the defending Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Champions.

That belief turned into reality Sunday afternoon in Calgary.

The visitors struck twice in the first half and earned an impressive 2-1 road decision over the second ranked women’s soccer team in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

In the 28th minute, Queens first-year striker Sein Furuyama controlled the ball on the left side and fired a high shot that eluded Trojans goalkeeper Erin Mergen into the right side of the net. It was Furuyama’s league leading 19th goal of the season.

Furuyama (20)

The RDP Queens kept the pressure on and went up by a pair of goals 11 minutes later. Alisha Coules set up Grace Smith and the Bachelor of Commerce student found space in the left side of the net.

The 2-0 lead held until the 68th minute. On a two-on-one, SAIT’s Meaghan Wiebe, the 2021/2022 ACAC Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Year, elected to shoot and beat Queens goalkeeper Abby Kotyk with a low shot.

Both Kotyk (five saves) and Mergen (four saves) were unbeatable over the final 22 minutes and the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens sealed a 2-1 victory.

The RDP Queens (6-1-0) and SAIT Trojans (6-1-0) now share first place in the south.

Edmonton’s Estel Quinteros was recognized as the Queens Player of the Game.

E. Quinteros (8)

Harleen Singh was named the Trojans Player of the Game.

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens (6-1-0) will play the Ambrose University Lions (0-8-0) on Friday, October 7 on the road.

Janet Alvarez Perez (6)

 

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RDP Kings Cross Country Running team finishes first, Queens place third at Grand Prix #3

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The Red Deer Polytechnic Cross Country Running team had another solid showing in its third conference competition of the 2022/2023 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season.

At Running Room Grand Prix #3, the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings earned top spot and the RDP Queens captured third.

RDP Kings

Lacombe’s Daniel Szucs (27:49) had another strong race and placed fourth among ACAC male competitors over 8 km. Ethan Duret (29:10) finished seventh. Teammate Ben House (29:57), who is a first-year Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences student, was eighth. Red Deer’s Axsivier Lawrence (31:03) placed 11th.

House

SAIT’s Moktar Said (26:17) took top spot among ACAC male runners and helped the Trojans finish second. The Lethbridge College Kodiaks Men’s team wrapped up third.

RDP Queens

Lacombe’s Jenica Swartz (24:09) paced the Queens over 6 km, placing second among ACAC female runners. Swartz was only four seconds behind first place Reese Bendiksen (24:05) of the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings.

Three members of the Queens finished 11 seconds within one another.

Justine Larson (27:01) completed the race in 12th spot. Teammate Myah Cota (27:08) followed seven seconds later in 13th and Three Hills’ Melissa Ray (27:12) placed 15th.

Cota

The St. Mary’s University Lightning Women’s team grabbed first place. The Medicine Hat College Rattlers were second.

There is one more grand prix before the championships.

St. Mary’s University will host Running Room Grand Prix #4 on Saturday, October 15 in Calgary.

The ACAC Cross Country Running Championships will take place on Saturday, October 29 in Edmonton.

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