June 2, 2023

By Saifullah Muhammad, Spoke News

Conestoga College’s soccer Condors are still hopeful to come back despite losing their two previous home games of the season in the Ontario college men’s soccer league last week.

“I am still happy and confident to shine despite suffering back-to-back defeats. This was really unfortunate for the last two games,” said Reza Ullah after the match against the Cambrian soccer team on Saturday at Condor Field.

He also mentioned that he and his team want to win and that is always the way. He thinks that they are good at the midfield and suffered defensively during the second half after one of their best players was red-carded in the last game.

“In the first half, we were creating chances to score — for that I am happy. We need to make better [at] forward during our next games. We needed to be careful in the second half. We improve and are continuing,” said Ullah, who plays as a forward for the Condors.

Conestoga College men’s soccer team poses for the photo at Condors Field in Kitchener, Ont., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Saifullah Muhammad/Spoke News

“We have a lot of technical players. Our centrebacks can play with the ball, our keepers are good with their feet and our midfielders can dribble, but we have some holes to fill at the front line,” said Ullah, pointing to the need to build team chemistry.

Some students have raised concerns about the facility of the outdoor field.

“It would be nice if our college upgrades our on-campus outdoor sports playing facility to artificial turf,” Ullah added. “Every college has its own turf field, but we are still hoping for one in the future. It will bring a lot of changes to our soccer team. We can also host major provincial and national events right on campus.”

Marlene Ford, the varsity coordinator, says there are 13 varsity teams at Conestoga College. They include volleyball and basketball, who are doing really good this season.

The other teams the Condors offer are men’s and women’s soccer, rugby, cross-country running, badminton and indoor soccer, as well as women’s softball.

The Condors hoped to get their first win of the season against Humber College last week, but lost 4-1. They played against the University of Toronto Mississauga at Budd Park on Sept. 22. (See Spoke’s story by Phillip Courtemanche.)

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