Regina Riot ready for the women’s soccer playoffs
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Regina Riot ready for the women’s soccer playoffs

A Good Samaritan found the stolen team jerseys, but not the pants

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With a long break between games for Regina Riot, first-year defender Alicia Gladue planned a short trip home to Calgary just a few days before she had to play a nearby soccer game.

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“I’m actually flying home for a week, which I’m very excited about because I miss my family,” said Gladue, whose team is scheduled to return to southern Alberta for Saturday’s WWCFL playoff game against the Calgary Rage in the league’s long-awaited restart of the women’s soccer season .

Due to flooding at Shouldice Athletic Park in Calgary, the Riot/Rage game was moved to Cochrane High School. Starts on Saturday at 3:00 p.m

Recent rains also forced Riot to cancel occasional training sessions, instead moving players and coaches indoors for classroom sessions.

“There’s a lot of time between games, but we’ll be ready,” said Riot head coach Kris Hadesbeck, whose main concern was finding uniforms for his players after their jerseys were stolen in May.

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“The sweatshirts were found abandoned in the alley next to Artesian and a Good Samaritan called us and said he found them.”

Since they couldn’t find pants, Riot borrowed jerseys from junior Regina Thunder. They plan to wear Thunder gear again during Saturday’s game. This is the second case of Riot uniforms being stolen in six years.

Regina has not played since defeating Manitoba Fearless 27-20 on May 26, ending the regular season with a 2-2 record. Manitoba will face the Saskatoon Valkyries in the other semifinal.

Another Winnipeg franchise, the Wolfpack and the Edmonton Storm, recently went under. This left Regina playing in a three-team league with Manitoba and Saskatoon, while Calgary played against a shorthanded team in Lethbridge. There was discussion about strengthening Calgary’s squad with players from Lethbridge Steel.

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If Regina defeats Calgary, Riot will host the league final scheduled for June 23 at Leibel Field, which could unfortunately clash with the host Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium.

In four games at center back, Gladue led her team with 37 defensive tackles. Riot’s offense is led by quarterback Aimee Kowalski, who passes for 1,093 yards and eight touchdowns. Shanelle Rioux had 35 receptions for 570 yards and seven touchdowns.

Gladue, 18, started playing co-ed soccer five years ago in an Edmonton-based co-ed league with the Fort McKay Fighting Spirits, which she said was “the first all-girls reserve team in North American history “. ” She was later one of the first girls to play for her high school team, the Fort McMurray Saints.

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“I could read the plays pretty easily, so it was just a matter of reading and reacting,” said Gladue, who is 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds. “I would never be big enough to play on the D-line, but not fast enough to play (defensive back). That’s why my position has always been center back.

Her dad, Dylan Elias, was the coach of the Fighting Spirits. He knew Riot’s offensive coordinator, Olivier Eddie, from their college careers at Mount Allison, so Elias steered his daughter towards Regina. She quickly bought a car, registered it and drove to Regina, where she has been living with her teammates and lodgings since April.

“They had Team Canada players and coaches,” Gladue said. “My dad said Regina would be great for me, that I would grow up and really be able to face challenges.

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“After the season ends, I go back to Alberta for school and everything. But I think I want to come back next year. I’m planning this now. They are a great team and it was fun.”

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