CMU Men’s Soccer opened their 2008 home campaign against College-Universaire de St. Boniface, on Saturday afternoon. CUSB came into the contest, fresh off a 3-2 victory at Steinbach on Wednesday night.
An early misfortune put the Blazers behind, when in the sixth minute, in an attempt to clear, Mike Harms deflected in the opening goal for CUSB. At the restart, the Blazers settled and were able to counter, showing a well-organized, persistent attack.
At the 22nd minute, Kenyan-born striker, Joseph Naimodu, sent David Isbister alone on CUSB goalkeeper, Marcel Tanguay. Isbister dug the ball free from a mass of players and potted the equalizer to bring the Blazers level.
Yet, before the referee’s half-time whistle, St. Boniface reclaimed a lead they wouldn’t again surrender, when a powerful strike from right-winger, Morisanda Kab, eluded goalkeeper, Stefan Helgason and thrust the Voyageurs ahead.
In this, their second game, the Blazers showed diligence in defending, and discipline in organization. Captain, Jeff Klassen held things tight in the defence, midfield-general, Geoff Reimer distributed the ball effectively, and speedy right back, Mike Neufeldt attacked at will down the right wing. Credit must also be given to Helgason, who could not be faulted on any goals that past him, and took ownership of his goal area.
The next action for the CMU Men’s Soccer team is Wednesday when the Blazers (0-0-2) meet SBC: holders an equal record.
In Blazers women’s soccer action this week, CMU were held scoreless by Providence College on Thursday, losing to the Freemen in Otterburne, 5-0. Ruth Maddever, who accounted for four of the five goals, led the Freemen in victory. The women next play on Friday against Portage Blaze of the Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League, and Saturday versus North Central University of Minneapolis.