The Providence Pilots women’s soccer team is heading back to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Division II National Championship. After a thrilling, extra-time triumph in the North Region final on Saturday, the Pilots will now make their second successive trip to the tournament in Greenville South Carolina.

Makayla Meyer scored twice and set up Kisty Yashuk’s tally as the Pilots exploded for three goals after the 70-minute mark against the Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles on November 2. Then, in the Region final against the Maranatha Baptist University Sabercats, Sofia Beltrame’s 90th-minute equalizer sent the contest to extra-time, where Katerina Cook converted from the spot after a foul on Myer.

Following the dramatic finish, Beltrame revealed that a return to Greenville had been the Pilots’ objective all season.

“Winning regionals and making it to nationals for the second year in a row has been our goal since before the season even started,” she said. “Scoring the goal that tied the game in the last minute is a feeling like no other! I was so overwhelmed with joy and relief, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team.”

Head coach Tory Walker also expressed his pride in winning another North Region title, pointing to his team’s intangibles over the course of the weekend.

“Our team was up to the challenge and showed great character and belief,” said Walker, “I am a proud coach and am grateful for the opportunity to coach such a great team and a great group of women. Each week this team has gotten better and has grown, and I’m excited to see how we perform again at nationals.”

Meyer, who was exceptional over the two matches, was named to the NCCAA All-Region team, as were Raychel Algera and Claire Yager.

As part of their participation at the National Championship, the Providence women will take part in the event’s annual Christian Service Project. This year the student-athletes and coaches will do crafts with assisted living residents and make placemats for Greenville Children’s Hospital.

The Pilots men also advanced to Saturday’s North Region final, edging Maranatha 1-0 in their semi-final thanks to a Braeden Owen free kick. Herby Magny’s penalty then help send them to extra time against Faith Baptist Bible College, where they struck the woodwork before losing on penalties.

“The guys left their hearts on the field and we just came up short,” analyzed head coach Joey Passi. “In an incredibly even game, it came down to inches. It hurts to go out when we were so close. I think we would have competed for the national championship, but I’m proud of the guys. It was a fun year.”

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Saturday, November 17th

Red River 4 La Broquerie 3

Steinbach 2 Swan Valley 1 (SO)
Neepawa 2 Selkirk 1 (OT)
Virden 7 OCN 4
Winkler 6 Dauphin 5

Mitchell 4 St. Adolphe 1

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
Arborg 6 St. Malo 1

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman 5 Pembina Valley 4 (OT)
Wpg Thrashers 4 Interlake 2
Yellowhead 7 Wpg Bruins 4
Kenora 3 Central Plains 1
Southwest 5 Parkland 1
Brandon 12 Norman 0

Prince Albert 6 Brandon 0

Grand Rapids 3 Manitoba 2 (OT)

Tampa Bay 6 Philadelphia 5 (OT)
Detroit 3 New Jersey 2 (OT)
Buffalo 3 Minnesota 2
Columbus 4 Carolina 1
Montreal 3 Vancouver 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 Florida 2
Ottawa 6 Pittsburgh 4
Boston 2 Arizona 1
Nashville 5 Los Angeles 3
Calgary 4 Edmonton 2
San Jose 4 St. Louis 0

Toronto 122 Chicago 83
L.A. Clippers 127 Brooklyn 119
New Orleans 125 Denver 115
Orlando 130 L.A. Lakers 117
Philadelphia 122 Charlotte 119 (OT)
Indiana 97 Atlanta 89
Utah 98 Boston 86
Houston 132 Sacramento 112
Dallas 112 Golden State 109
Oklahoma City 110 Phoenix 100

Sunday, November 18th

West Division Final
Winnipeg at Calgary, 3:30 p.m.
East Division Final
Hamilton at Ottawa, 12 p.m.

Red River at Grunthal, 6 p.m.

Swan Valley at Steinbach, 7 p.m.
Portage at Waywayseecappo, 6 p.m.
OCN at Virden, 7 p.m.

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
St. Malo at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.

Eastman vs Interlake @ Arborg, 2:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Central Plains at Kenora, 2:30 p.m.
Wpg Bruins vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 1:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Interlake
@ Morden, 2:30 p.m.
Brandon at Wpg Wild, 1:30 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Norman
@ Shoal Lake, 2:30 p.m.

AAA U17 Midget Prep Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Hawks, 1 p.m.

Manitoba at Chicago, 3 p.m.

Dallas at N.Y. Islanders, 12 p.m.
New Jersey at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Minnesota a Chicago, 5 p.m.
Colorado at Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Tennessee at Indianapolis, 12 p.m.
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants, 12 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 12 p.m.
Carolina at Detroit, 12 p.m.
Dallas at Atlanta, 12 p.m.
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 12 p.m.
Houston at Washington, 12 p.m.
Oakland at Arizona, 3:05 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Chargers, 3:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Orleans, 3:25 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 7:20 p.m.

Memphis at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m.
New York at Orlando, 5 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Miami, 5 p.m.
Portland at Washington, 5 p.m.
Golden State at San Antonio, 6 p.m.

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