Otterburne, MB – The Blazers kicked-off their 2008 Men’s Soccer campaign against a Providence College team that was clearly on form, having just come off weekend matches against NCCAA competition where they had amassed 17 goals. The game remained scoreless until the 38th minute, when Providence captain Joseph Passi cut through the Blazer defence and slotted the ball into the corner of the goal past CMU goalkeeper, Stefan Helgason.
The scoreline read 1-0 to Providence after the first forty-five-a good result for the young Blazers. The half was highlighted by a promising defensive performance from Michael Harms, while second-year forward Joseph Naimodu, was a thorn in the side of the Freemen defence.
In the second half, however, Providence’s formidable attack emerged, breaking for seven unanswered goals. The final score was 8-0.
Despite the lop-sided result, the Blazers had strong second-half performances from Adam Janzen, Chris Epp-Thiessen and Dave Isbister – three first-year players who look as though they are poised to make an impact. The Blazers will take to the field again on Sept 20, hosting St. Boniface in their home debut