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SPORIS XI 



SPORTS 

SHORTS 

by Robin Collum 

Footballers blow 18-point lead 

The Bears were able to score some 
first-quarter points for The firsttime this 
season on Saturday, but it didn't help 
them pull out a win against the UBC 
Thunderbirds (2-1) in Vancouver. 

Leading 18-0 ar the half and 23-10 
at the end of three, the Bears (0-3) let 
allowed two T-3irds touchdowns and 


lost 24-23 The Bears pants came from a 
Duncan Hankmson touchdown, four field 
goals from Hugh O’Neill—the longest of 
which was 43 yards—and two safeties. 

Soccer boys maul ‘Homs, Dinos ... 

The soccer Bears were on the road this 
weekend, travelling down to southern 
Alberta for one march each against the 
Lethbridge longhorns and the Calgary 
Dinos. 

Alberta (2-2) swept the weekend, 
earning a 4-3 victory against the Horns 
(1-2-1) on Saturday and a 2-1 win over 
Calgary (0-2) on Sunday. The Bears got 
three goals o.jt of Manav Deol and one 


from Brett Colvin against .erhbridge. 
while the Dinos were beaten by goals 
from junior Castnllon-Rendon and John 
Konye. 

... But the Pandas were gored 

The soccer women followed the same 
route as the men this weekend, but 
weren't able to procure as favourable 
an outcome. The 3 andas are now 1-3 
for the season so far after losing to both 
Lethbridge (1-1-2) and Calgary (2-0) 
Saturday saw them go down 3-1, with 
their lore goal coming from _isa Jennings. 
On Sunday they were shut out altogether 
as the Dinos put up a 1-0 victory 


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GEOFF MACINTOSH. THE GAUNTLET 


DONT JUST STAND THERE Alberta midfielder Junior Castrillon-Rendon was a key to the Bears' win over Calgary. 


Bears need most senior Junior to lead 


that it adds a certain new dimension 
to his role as a player. 

"There is pressure, and it’s not 
necessarily Iwd pressure, but you do 
feel responsible for the younger guys 
because you want them to gel up to 
speed and do it as quickly as pos¬ 
sible." Castrillon-Rendon admits. 

"So the main thing is thai you 
really warn them to understand what 
it lakes to play at this level. You do 
whatever you can to help them out, 
and hopefully they pick it up quick." 

Castrillon-Rendon believes that 
the best way he can ltelp the new 
guys get accustomed to the system, 
the team, and the pace of die game 
is by letting his play do tile talking. 
And while the typically easy-going 
individual jokes that the he can 
become pretiy animated when either 
he or die learn mu performing up to 
standard, he hopes that die positives 
that he brings to the team will ulti¬ 
mately lie what rubs off on the young 
players around him. 

"1 just do what I do—you know. 
1 try and lead by example as much 
as possible, and hopefully the other 
guys can take from that lead," he 
explained. "1 try to explain to ihem 
as much as I can when iliings are 
going wrong. 

“I tend to scream every once in a 
while, but most of the t ime you hope 
that the guys can pick up on what you 
do as a player, and then just go from 
there. That’s usually, in my opinion, 
the best way to do things.” 


NICK FROST 

Sports Staff 


When the reality set in that only a 
I la ndfill of last year’s champion¬ 
ship roster would be returning for 
the 2007/08 campaign, the U of 
A men’s soccer coaching staff had 
to have been a little worried about 
what the coming season held for 
them. luckily, however, at leasi part 
of that fear must have been alleviated 
by the fact that Canada West Player 
of the Year Junior Castrillon-Rendon 
wouldn’t be one of those departing. 

With a wealth of experience at the 
college and international levels— 
including two years spent abroad 
playing soccer in Germany, and a 
recent appearance for Team Canada 
at the 2007 Universiade Games in 
Bangkok—the highly skilled mid¬ 
fielder will be heavily relied upon 
this season. The young, inexperi¬ 
enced team will especially need him 
for his skills and knowledge as the 
try to improve on their 2—2 record. 

"Junior is probably one of the 
most technically proficient players 
in Canada West." Bears head coach 
Len Vickery says. "He helped the 
team tremendously in the absence 
of another great soccer player last 
year. Mark Korthuis—who struggled 
for the most pari during I he season 
with a groin problem—and a loi is 
expected of him in terms of helping a 
fairly new squad that replaced, for one 
reason or another, twelve players." 


After his last season, the coach¬ 
ing staff has high expectations of 
Castrillon-Rendon. His seven goals 
in 2006 put him among the top goal- 
scorers in the country; offensive 
contribution will have lo be a staple 
of his gameplay. 

"We need all his strengths to come 


LEN VICKERY 

BEARS SOCCER HEAD COACH 


to the forefront, and tliat necessitates 
us getting him the ball in areas where 
he can do a little bit of damage offen¬ 
sively.” Vickery explained. "He’ll 
play the more attacking role in the 
midfield, hopefully with a view to 
get in forward and help them with 
the goals. 

"We’ve got basically an inexperi¬ 
enced group in those other forward 
positions. We need his influence 
high in the midfield—not the least 
of which is his passing ability—and 
also his leadership." 

While the pressure to be a leader 
and to contribute may seem enor¬ 
mous for the third-year athlete, he 
welcomes the challenge and feels 


technically proficient 
players in Canada 
West” 


“Junior is probably 
one of the most 


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