Ponoka FC stay ahead in men’s league soccer

“It was one way traffic in the second half.” Ponoka FC head coach Rich Evans

Heads Up: Christoph Dittmar

Heads Up: Christoph Dittmar

The season with the Battle River Men’s Soccer League has started strong for Ponoka FC men’s soccer team and players have used that momentum to earn them a 4-1 win May 25 against Millet.

The FC sit on the top of the league with a record of 3-0-0, says head coach Rich Evans who was pleased with players’ performance. “It was one way traffic in the second half,” said Evans.

Ponoka started their game strong with a goal early in the first half but Millet kept up the pressure and tied it 1-1 a short time later. The game was a furious back-and-forth swing in the first half until minutes before half time Ponoka scored and took the lead 2-1.

The break seemed to rejuvenate the already strong Ponoka team and they dominated the second half, denying Millet any chance to score. A strong defense coupled with a stronger offense solidified Ponoka’s win. Evans was pleased with his team applying solid techniques.

“It’s a passing game. The passing game is coming together,” said Evans.

He feels Ponoka played strong throughout the game but fought even harder to make an “outstanding finish.”

Earlier in the week, Ponoka FC also beat Diablo FC with a convincing 2-0 score in a home game during which the hosts dominated the midfield throughout and did not allow any real chance for the visitors to score.

With six teams in the league, Ponoka will play a total of 15 league games and then head to a round-robin playoffs challenge. Evans feels the team to beat this year is Wetaskiwin Manluk FC, who defeated Ponoka in the finals last year.