Brendan Stasiewich, Olds College Sports Information
RED DEER- The Olds College Broncos (0-1-1) picked up their first point of the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon, forcing a draw against the Red Deer College Queens (0-0-3) in enemy territory.
The Broncos rebounded off of a slow start, following up their weakest half of the season with their strongest, scoring two to force a draw.
Red Deer got on the board early… very early. It didn't take more than two minutes before Corrinn Graham turned a wild scramble in front of Broncos' keeper Auslin Rae McDaniel-Perrin into the first goal of the game.
A perfectly placed one-hopper increased the Queens lead to two in the 26th minute. After a corner kick, the Broncos were unable to make a clean clear of the ball, giving Reesa Garez the opportunity to score for the Queens.
The Broncos gave up a few more chances before the end of the half, most significantly when keeper Perrin bailed out her teammates by getting a piece of a hot shot that went off her hand, ricocheted off the bar and wide. The Broncos limped into the locker room, but were not out of the game by any means, just two down.
Olds cut the deficit in half early in the second half on a penalty kick when Rachel Brodie had a sure-goal taken away by the keeper who took her down in the box. Un-phased, Brodie stepped up and made no mistake on the kick, placing it low and to the far side for the Broncos first goal of the season.
The Broncos kept things interesting, taking the momentum gained from the goal and turning it into a very positive next twenty minutes of soccer. The strong play was capped off when Brodie made a break past her defenders and slid the ball past keeper Kayla Kaip for her second of the game to even the score.
Queen's midfielder Alexandra Murphy had the best chance to win the game late, ripping a kick from outside the box just high of the net, narrowly missing what was bound to be the game winning goal.
Player of the game honours were handed out to Adama Soumah of the Queens and Kyra Mueller of the Broncos.
Next on tap for the Broncos is a bus ride to Lloydminster where Olds College will look to pick up their first win of the season at 12 P.M. against the Lakeland Rustlers. Meanwhile the Queens will host the SAIT Trojans tomorrow at noon.