This morning the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens played in their first-ever soccer national match in program history. They were matched up with the Champlain Saint- Lambert Cavaliers who are out of Champlain, Quebec and are hosting the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) Championships.
Unlike Alberta, it was a beautiful sunny day in Quebec for this national’s match-up.
As the Queens entered the match after not having lost a game since their first game of the season against the SAIT Trojans.
For the Cavaliers, they got a berth into nationals for winning the bid to host the national championships. The finished in sixth place in the RSEQ standings with a record of 2-4-4 (W-L-T). This league is equivalent to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) but is based out of Quebec.
The Queens fell to the Cavaliers 1-0. After scoring 89 goals in the regular season, they were shut-out for the first time this year.
With this loss, the Queens will battle with the Manitoba Champions, Les Rouges de Saint-Boniface, in the bronze quarter-final tomorrow morning at 8:00 am MST. Les Rouges lost 3-0 to the Humber Hawks earlier this morning.
The players of the game went to defender Kayla Yeo (Practical Nurse Diploma) of the Queens and Cavaliers striker Mariam Jama-Pelletier. Yeo had an impressive game out of the back field stopping multiple attacks by Saint-Lambert and Pelletier scored the lone goal in this quarterfinal match.
Last night, RDP striker, Sein Furyama was named an CCAA All-Canadian. This would add to her impressive season where she broke the ACAC Single Season Goal Record, was named ACAC South Rookie and Player of the Year as well as the nod to ACAC South Division All-Conference team.