Fall action heats up for Kodiaks Athletics
Three medals at ACAC cross country championships
Kodiaks super sophomore Sophia Nowicki completed an ACAC season for the ages on Saturday as she captured the individual women’s cross-country gold medal and led the Kodiaks to the women’s team championship as well. Nowicki won every race she competed in during the ACAC season, and won the conference gold medal by finishing 25 seconds ahead of her closest competitor at the championships hosted by Lakeland College in Vermilion. The Kodiaks tied Red Deer College for the top team score, but earned the 60th ACAC title in Lethbridge College history by winning the tie-breaker. Nowicki and seventh place finisher Emily Spencer both earned ACAC all-conference honours.
The Kodiaks men saved their best effort of the season for the championships, as the team earned a bronze medal. Freshman Timothy Kimaiyo finished in sixth place and was named to the all-conference team. Both the men’s and women’s teams qualify for nationals on Nov. 9-10 in Toronto.
Women’s soccer earns first medal in 24 years
The Kodiaks women’s soccer team entered the ACAC championships as underdogs, but shocked the conference to win the bronze medal, earning the program’s first playoffs wins and medal since 1994.
The women beat The King’s University in an ACAC quarterfinal on Friday, on the strength of goals by Sydney Hope and Vicki Noronha. The team lost 3-0 to south division champion SAIT in a semifinal on Saturday, but a thriller on Sunday against Concordia pushed the Kodiaks to the podium. Noronha’s second goal of the weekend had the Kodiaks in a 1-1 draw after regulation, and the team won in penalty kicks with goalkeeper Paige Gattafoni making the key last stop.
The Kodiaks men also had a shot at a medal, but came up just short. A second-half hat trick by Wilson Ntignee gave the Kodiaks a 3-1 win over The King’s University in Friday’s quarterfinal, but the team lost 4-0 to NAIT in Saturday’s semifinal. In Sunday’s bronze medal game against SAIT, a goal in the final minutes by Taylor Laviolette tied the game, but the Kodiaks lost in penalty kicks.
Carey earns double coach of the year honours
At the ACAC awards banquet on Thursday in Calgary, Kodiaks soccer coach Sean Carey was honoured as both men’s and women’s coach of the year for the south division. It is the first time a coach has won both awards in the same season, and he becomes just the third coach in ACAC history to win both women’s and men’s awards. Carey guided both his teams to the ACAC playoffs, and will go forward as the ACAC nominee for CCAA national coach of the year.
The Kodiaks had six players named to the ACAC all-conference teams. Wilson Ntignee, David Low and Ben Knight were named to the men’s side, while Kayla Kehoe, Christine Moser and Aimee Santangelo earned women’s honours
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