Sabres ready for home tourney

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pat Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail file­photo

The Sabres girls’ soc­cer team is show­ing con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment and it was ev­i­dent in their first game last week ver­sus olds.

The Sabres have been prac­tic­ing hard and scrimmaging, but their first chal­lenge of the sea­son came on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 21, when they hosted Olds. Out­num­bered 1910 on the bench, the Sabres played with their hearts to a 1-1 tie.

“We did re­ally well,” said coach Gavin Makse, ex­plain­ing that Olds was able to sub ev­ery few min­utes, keep­ing fresh legs on the field. “What was re­ally work­ing is hav­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion games ver­sus the adults. In the sec­ond half we were pretty even with them con­di­tion­ing wise.” He said the team played well, they were ef­fi­cient with pass­ing, keep­ing the ball on the ground and main­tain­ing con­trol. Car­manah Ol­brich scored the lone goal for the Sabres.

“It was good chal­lenge for our team,” said Makse.

While this was the Sabres’ first game, he said Olds has al­ready played Carstairs to a tie, an­other strong team.

“That is en­cour­ag­ing for us be­cause Olds are go­ing to be at zones,” he said, adding that with the new for­mat for the zone tour­na­ment, it gives the team some­thing to play for.

This Fri­day, the Sabres are host­ing their sev­enth an­nual tour­na­ment, invit­ing Strath­more, Olds and Notre Dame Col­le­giate for round robin play. The Sabres first hit the field at 9 a.m. ver­sus Strath­more.

The Sabres are host­ing their sev­enth an­nual home tour­na­ment this Fri­day, Septem­ber 30.

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