Men’s Soccer: Stingers Seeing Red
Concordia Stingers Get Two Red Cards in 2-0 Loss to UQTR
The Stingers saw red on Friday night—twice to be exact—in what proved to be a convincing 2-0 win for the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières Patriotes.
The goals came from the Patriotes captain Louis-Thomas Fortier, and an acrobatic effort from Billal Qsiyer.
Similar to last week’s win over the Carabins,the Stingers tried to keep the game level for as long as possible, and hit the Patriotes towards the end.
The team kept to their game plan and managed to keep the game level at 0-0 by halftime.
“That was our goal, to keep it to 0-0 later on towards the game then we can perhaps get some opportunities,” said Stingers head coach Greg Sutton.
Throughout the course of the whole 90 minutes, the Stingers offence was not up to par with the Patriotes attack prowess. UQTR came alive in the second half, scoring two back-to-back goals.
The Patriotes exposed the Stingers weakness, scoring the first goal off a corner kick. The ball floated across the Stingers defence, finding Patriotes captain Fortier, whose towering header put his team in the lead.
“They got us on our corner,” said Stingers captain Olivier Georges. “We’re weak on set plays, we’ve always been weak on set plays.”
The Stingers would eventually break down once more as a loose ball in the box found Qsiyer, who managed to conjure up a moment of magic for the Patriotes. Qsiyer’s scissor kick found the bottom right corner, putting his team up by two.
Despite being two goals down, Stingers goalkeeper Karl Gouabé’s had a man of the match performance in between the posts.
“Karl’s been great for us this year. He’s helped us keep us in games,” said Sutton. “You know, we gotta do a better job defensively, we know that.”
“Karl played very well, I put him in a tough situation and he saved my ass,” said Stingers defender Olivier Georges “He’s gaining some confidence in the back. He’s doing what he should,”
Two goals down, and and continuous offensive onslaught by the Patriotes, couldn’t seem to get much worse for the Stingers. But it did.
Two red cards were shown to midfielders Brandon Anderson and Abdalla Medouni, after picking up two yellow cards, made matter worse for the Stingers.
“We thought we would have some chances at the end of the game and unfortunately with the way the game turned out because of the red cards,” Sutton said.
With three games played, the Stingers sit just one point off of fourth place. They will look to bounce back and snatch all three points next Friday, Sept 23 at Concordia Stadium, as they face off against a winless Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or.
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