Les Rouges and Freemen set to battle for soccer supremacy

They did it again.

Those were the words coming out of everyone’s mouths after, for the second time in three weeks, Les Rouges of Université de Saint-Boniface came back to beat CMU after being down by multiple goals at halftime.

The marquee matchup of semifinals Saturday was not a disappointment, as Les Rouges midfielder Ahmed Charif scored the winner in penalty time to give his team the 4-3 win.

The game looked to be over early as two goals in one minute for CMU forward Chris Epp-Tieseen riled up teammates and provided energy for the rest of the first half, which the Blazers would lead 3-1 at the end.

With the wind at their backs in the second, though, Athlete of the Week selection Nabil Ibnouzahir came alive, scoring two to tie it, before being a cog in the go-ahead Charif goal in the dying moments.

In the other semifinal, Providence took care of business against a scrappy Red River team, winning 4-1 with three goals from forward Mario Giesbrecht. 

Norvin Campos scored the other as the Freemen took control in the second half, having just a 1-0 lead at halftime thanks to some stellar defense in the box by the Rebels.

The Freemen now look ahead to the Men’s Championship against Les Rouges, a team that handed them their only loss of the season, a 1-0 disappointment on Sept. 30. That game will be played at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.

The 2012 MCAC Soccer Championships take place at Red River College’s Notre Dame Fields. $3 gets you in for one championship match, $5 gets you in for both.

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