Impact FC UWS Inaugural Game Tonight!

We are so excited to host you at St. Albert Soccer Association  tomorrow!

Doors open at 5:30 pm.   We have Sweet Tequila band playing, a kids zone (with snow cones for sale), food trucks (cheesecake on a stick is rumoured) and the best women’s soccer north of the border!   

The  fields are beautiful and our clubhouse is open. Our players are ready, our coaching staff prepared and our fans are hungry for some soccer.   We look forward to seeing you there tomorrow.   It’s not too late to invite your friends as this will be one of the first summer events in a long time.

Parking is FREE and located  on the street in the Riel area as well as at the Larry Olexiuk Turf, a short walk away.  We will have volunteers on hand to help direct you.   
Our ticketing volunteers will be on site to take your printed or mobile ticket…

As a season membership holder for the Impact FC UWS I received the above the e-mail in preparation for their inaugural game tonight. If you’ve been meaning to buy tickets but are a last minute person, click HERE for tickets.

If you’re asking yourself who is this brand new team, that’s okay, they are a brand new. Here’s the basic answers to get you ready for tonight’s match against provincial rival Calgary.

WHO ARE THE IMPACT FC UWS:

The UWS acronym stands for United Women’s Soccer League. The following is from their “about” page:

“United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is a national pro-am league composed of professionally operated clubs within the United States and Canada. UWS provides high level competition for college players, aspiring and former professionals, and international stars.”

The Impact FC explanation starts with the St. Albert Soccer Association (SASA) and ends up being a team in the UWS headed up by two-time UWS Coach of the Year Troye Flannery, who will serve as the team’s inaugural Head Coach & General Manager.

The team was built around former team captains and women who have had a winning pedigree:

  • Tanya Boychuk – University of Memphis (also Canada U-20)
  • Brittany Kindzierski – University of Texas And El Paso, two-time CSA National Champion
  • Sheena Tracey – MacEwan University, CCAA National Champion
  • Erika Vecchio -MacEwan University, CCAA National Champion
  • Yasmine Hall – Kent State University
  • Kayla Mostowich – Canada Summer Games Team Alberta
  • Laura Kautz – two-time CSA National Champion
  • Kayla Evans – CCCAA National Champion

WHERE:

Riel Recreation Park in St. Albert. CFN Media on-line.

WHEN:

WHY?

To provide a greater opportunity for women in the game of soccer. To provide a pathway from Alberta to the highest level. This has been a vision for years. We started seriously exploring a franchise in the UWS in September, hired Troye in October, and the league announcement was made official January 6th.” Chris Spaidal, executive director of SASA.

See you tonight soccer fans. Come be a part of herstory!

Coach Campbell’s Stingers Scouting Report – Week 1

It was a short week for the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) and the Edmonton Stingers have only had 1 game so far. It was a narrow victory as they hosted Hamilton, but they probably shouldn’t have let the game get as close as it was.

The first half was near perfection. The Stinger defense was swarming, causing many turnovers and miscues as well as really racking up fast break opportunities. That’s what really stood out to me the most, whether they got the ball off a steal, rebound or inbounds after a score, this offense was looking to run. There’s plenty of dangerous fastbreak weapons on this team too, so it makes sense to play that way.

All GIFs via CEBL+

One thing I didn’t like as much was the 2nd half intensity. The team started to coast a bit, and the execution on both ends of the floor waned. Foul trouble became an issue (Kamba, Peter-McNeilly and Skeens all had to sit on the bench for much of the game) partly due to bad fouls or refs just calling infractions on us because we were up.

Eventually the team’s play during Elam time was enough to get them the victory!

Now we’ll take a look at our 2 new guys. Marlon Johnson Jr. was absolutely the player of the game. He had 27 points including the game winner. He made several mid-range jumpers, and hit a 3 too to keep defenses honest. But everyone’s favourite part of his game was the thunderous dunks he kept throwing down! Here’s a cut to the hoop and an assist from Kamba:

Whether he was slashing in the half court set or the trailer on a fast break, Johnson continued to punish Hamilton (and the rim).

Our other new starter is Brady Skeens. He did sit for quite a bit of the game due to foul trouble. But, the small amount he did play showed us exactly the kind of output he’s going to have.

Skeens had 6 points going perfect from the floor on 3 attempts. Every basket was right at the rim. He’s not going to venture too far out if the key looking for baskets, so expect the high percentage shooting to continue. Here’s his basket during Elam time:

That’s a great find from Johnson to get the ball to a senaky Skeens under the basket.

The Stingers only have 1 game this week as well, they host the Niagara River Lions on Friday, July 2nd. Let’s take a quick look at their opponent.

Niagara is 1-1 and has looked like a Jekyll and Hyde team so far. In their win at Ottawa, they looked like the team that took the floor in 2019. Boucard was racking up steals and points like his Canadian of the Year campaign, Robertson was getting shots from wherever he wanted and Babb-Harrison only missed a single 3 on 9 attempts. If this group shows up in Edmonton it’ll be a tough game to win.

However, in Abbotsford the River Lions were exposed. Lacking a solid point guard (initial signings Bell-Haynes and Scrubb are not currently with the team) their offense was stifled. Boucard and Robertson were held to 0 points. It looked like the awful Summer Series version of Niagara. The lone bright spot was brand new import Xavier Sneed exploded for 35 points.

As long as we can punish them with our guard play, I think the Stingers come out on top in this one.

One other side note, this is the only scheduled meeting between these teams this season. Which is a shame as it has been the best East-West rivalry in the league so far, each match has either been very close or has had quite a bit of animosity and chippiness between the players.

I can’t wait for tomorrow’s game, let’s see how it plays out!

As always, Defend the Hive!

Come from behind victory for Sylvan Lake Gulls

Your Sylvan Lake Gulls are now on a 3-game winning streak. Saturday nights win in Okotoks versus the Dawgs Black required not one but two comebacks to secure the victory. After falling behind 2-0, the Gulls took the lead 3-2 after 3 innings. Headed into the 8th inning, the Gulls were down 8-5 when the offense doubled their output leading the Club to a 10-9 victory!

The 3-spot put up by the Gulls offence in the 3rd was courtesy a 2-run triple by Matt Bondarchuk. Bondarchuk would come in to score on a wild pitch to briefly give the Gulls the lead.

Down 5-2 going into the 6th inning, the Gulls chipped into the lead with a RBI single by Russell Young and a RBI double by Wyatt Schnoor. In the bottom of the 6th, the Dawgs took back their 3-run lead via a solo homer and a bases loaded hit-batter.

Cue the big comeback in the 8th inning. Tyler McWillie (who was pitch run for with Jason Chiu), Jake Lanferman and Young loaded the bases with one out. Schnoor would collect RBI number two of the evening with a single. Bondarchuk would reach via a fielding error that would score two runs which tied the game at 8. Next batter up was Nolan Weger who delivered a 2-run single to put the Gulls up 10-8.

Kyle Froehlich, your first baseman the previous two games, came in to pitch the bottom of the 8th. For fans unfamiliar with the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL), players are not as specialized as they become in the Majors. Many fielders still pitch and vice versa at this level. Froehlich would retire the first four batters he faced, three via strikeout, before running into a little bit of trouble. The Dawgs were able to plate a run but Froehlich would collect the save!

NEXT FLIGHT:

Sunday June 27 in Okotoks Black

Tuesday June 29 back home versus  Edmonton

*feature image via the Gulls Twitter Account*