Kodiaks edged in a heated affair
It was a tough loss all around for the Lethbridge College Kodiak’s men’s soccer team.
Kodiaks were handed a 2-1 loss in extra time by the Medicine Hat Rattlers during Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon in Medicine Hat in a highly-physical affair.
In a game where Kodiaks Jimmy Bukuru and Keaton Craig were dealt red cards, assistant coach Mark Pries was also tossed and some apparent phantom time at the end, Kodiaks head coach Sean Carey didn’t sugar-coat his assessment of the officiating.
“It was probably the most disgraceful refereeing I think I’ve ever witnessed in my whole life in soccer,” he said. “My players were not safe on the field. We got two red cards. The officiating was very one-sided. My players were not safe on the field and it was extremely one way. The referee was helping their players up off the ground and the linesmen were snagging balls for them in the last couple of minutes to speed up play. It was very disappointing.”
With the teams deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Carey said his team was told there would be three minutes of added time.
They scored in the 95th minute to win the game,” he said. “They played five minutes of extra time, I don’t know where they got it from and they scored on the last kick of game.”
As of Saturday night Kodiak Wilson Ntignee was headed to the hospital to be checked for a possible cracked rib following a
“It was not good. It was probably one of the worst environments and games I’ve ever been involved in at the college,” said Carey. “At this level of collegiate soccer, referees like that should not be allowed to referee a game at this level, especially between two rivals like Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.”
The Kodiaks struck first at the 30-minute mark when Pete Ntignee scored on a penalty kick.
Eleven minutes later, Rodrigo Tavares tied it up for Medicine Hat.
“We scored first on the PK and they tied it up on a free kick before the half,” said Carey. “We actually settled down in the second half and started playing well and then Keaton got the red card for a second yellow. We still tried to attack with 10 men and created a couple of chances, but when we went down to nine with about five minutes left it was just hanging on.”
In the women’s game, the Kodiaks were topped 4-1 by the Rattlers and are now 1-1-1, but Carey praised his charges for running with the high-powered Rattlers.
“So proud of these girls,” he
said. “It was a good Medicine Hat team that we played against and I think Medicine Hat (can say) they had to play well to beat us. We conceded a goal in the first minute of both halves, which really hurt. They have two fifth-year midfielders and we have a couple of first-years playing among them. It was a good learning curve for these girls. They’re proud of how they played today. They did not give up. It was 4-1 a minute into the second half and we played 45 minutes of ball with them that was 0-0. The girls team just continues to grow and find new ways (and show) resolve and
character. I was feeling good after the game. Medicine Hat has that team this year (that) has a lot of quality on the field and they’re going to challenge for the title in the South Division.”
Vicki Noronha scored the sole Kodiaks goal in the 35th minute, while Brittany Klein made 16 saves.
The Kodiaks are back on the road next Saturday when they head to Calgary to face the SAIT Trojans.
As a result of their red cards in Medicine Hat, Bukuru and Craig are suspended and will sit out against SAIT.