Prince Albert’s talent shows through once more on the pitch for Cougars program

Gary Pearson
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Jayde McFee, left, and Molly Glass juggle a ball at Prime Ministers' Park in 2009. The pair are playing their second season for the U of R Cougars. Herald file photo

--PRINCE ALBERT-- Further exemplifying Prince Albert’s pedigree on the soccer pitch, Molly Glass and Jayde McFee are thriving in their second season as members of the University of Regina (U of R) Cougars.

Last year the Cougars enjoyed their most successful season since the inception of the program in 2001 – five wins from 14 matches - which Glass and McFee experienced first-hand as fresh-faced rookies.

 “In my first year we did really well,” said Glass, who is a regular fixture in the Cougars midfield. “This year I think we have a really skilled team. We bring lots of different skills in every position, it really helps our team out.”

And while the Cougars have struggled to replicate their form from a season ago, Glass said the results thus far have not been indicative of the level at which the team is performing.

“We’ve been putting in all this hard work and we are not seeing any results,” she said. “The games have been very close, it’s just a matter of putting the ball in the net.”

Sitting without a win in eight matches (0-7-1), the Cougars have six remaining fixtures to turn the season around. Although winless, Cougars head coach Robert (Bob) Maltman, for the most part, has been pleased with how his squad has competed in each match.

 Maltman has emphasized the need for his team to increase the speed at which they play in order to compete with the nation’s elite.

“Where we have to focus against top teams is our seed of play,” said Maltman, who is in the middle of his fifth season in charge of the team.

Maltman said he would be remiss not to recognize the outstanding play from certain individuals. 

“Molly Glass is one of our starting midfielders, (she) has great pace, (she’s) really tenacious, (she goes) really hard into tackles and has a never-die attitude,” said Maltman. “I would like to have a GPS to see how far she runs in a game.”

Maltman said Glass is as adept on the defensive side of the ball as she is on attack, enabling the Cougars the freedom to break forward with pace when opportunities arise. With no aversion to tracking back or barreling forward, Glass agrees wholeheartedly with her coach’s sentiment.

“If he (Maltman) needs me to play more of an offensive position I am able to do that, but if he needs me to play more defensive I am more than willing and able,” said the 18-year-old midfielder, who will celebrate her 19th birthday on Oct. 23.

On the other hand, McFee, her teammate and Prince Albert counterpart, is primarily responsibility for putting the ball in the back of the net. The out-and-out striker scored versus the University of Fraser Valley and has been a consistent thorn in the side of opposing defences. 

“Strikers get to score,” said the 19-year-old regarding why she was drawn to the position. “That is what I look to do to help the team out. It’s a lot of pressure but I think I handle it quite well.”

Maltman has been impressed with McFee’s progress and would like to see her work on her hold-up play, which will bring her teammates into the fray, creating a more balanced attack.

While the Cougars are playing with more composure in possession, it is paramount the team improves its communication as a collective, Glass said.

The Cougars are idle this weekend but take to the pitch on Oct. 15 – versus the University of Fraser Valley - for the first of back-to-back away games. The task doesn’t get any easier with a game against the University of British Columbia the following afternoon. 

Organizations: Prince Albert, University of Regina, University of British Columbia

Geographic location: Fraser Valley

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