The Olds College Broncos women's soccer team has made the playoffs for the first time since entering the ACAC in 2012. Meanwhile, the Broncos men also finished 2016 on a positive note as they finally ended a lengthy losing streak.
The ACAC women's soccer playoffs start later this week at Concordia University in Edmonton - and for the first time the Olds College Broncos have qualified for the post-season.
A 2-1 victory at Red Deer College on Sunday, October 23rd clinched a playoff spot for the Lady Broncos as they finished the regular season 3rd in the South Division on the strength of a 5-4-1 record. During the previous 4 seasons Olds College had only managed a total of 2 wins to go along with 31 losses and 7 ties.
Head Coach Macky Singh says in his third season at Olds College he was able to set a standard for the program and establish a culture.
Other factors contributing to the improvement, according to Singh, are that the team is very close knit this year plus they were able to recruit some good quality players.
Singh notes the Lady Broncos only have 13 players on the squad this season so all of them have filled in well around the Flett sisters and other key contributors including their Captain Emina Arima, Midfielder Rachel Brodie along with goalkeeper Amy Ofredi.
He says with a soccer program that is only a total of five years old getting to the playoffs is something to be proud of.
The first opponent at the ACAC women's soccer playoffs in Edmonton for Olds College will be the Grand Prairie Regional College Wolves. That game is slated to start at noon on Friday, October 28th.
Meanwhile, the men's soccer team from Olds College also had a fantastic finish to the ACAC regular season.
The Broncos were able to win 3-2 in Red Deer. The victory snapped a 47 game losing streak which dated back to the 2012 season. The only other OC MSOC win in was the second game of the 2012 season when the Broncos knocked off the Kodiaks 4-3 at Lethbridge College.
Macky Singh is also Head Coach of Broncos men's team. He felt they were in games all season and close enough that eventually a positive result was going to happen.
He explains who helped generate their offense in Sunday afternoon's 3-2 win versus the RDC Kings.
Singh expects about 10 players to return to the Broncos men's team for next year and he will be looking to add a few new recruits as well. Olds College's men finished the 2016 regular season with a 1 and 9 record.
Last Sunday marked the first time that both the men's and women's soccer teams from Olds College had won on the same day since September 9th, 2012 - and it is only the second time that has ever happened.
Listen to 96.5 CKFM's entire conversation with Head Coach Macky Singh discussing the Broncos WSOC team making ACAC playoffs for the first time.
Singh also talked with 96.5 CKFM about the Broncos MSOC team's first win since September 9, 2012.