Women’s: Canadian Mennonite University defeats Assiniboine Community College 6-4
The semi-final’s opening frame saw some outstanding play by both teams but it was the connection of CMU’s Esther Schwarzkopf and Marijka Yaschyshyn that elicited several Oohs and Ahhs from the fans on hand at the CMU’s Loewen Centre.
ACC took the Blazers by surprise though when Shaelyn Langlois opened all scoring early in the first half. After CMU tied it up, the crowd was revived as Yaschysyn drilled a shot from about 25 feet out to go up 2-1.
CMU’s Janelle Wride opened the scoring in the second half going right between the legs of ACC’s keeper Kendall Omeljanow who stole several very good opportunities from the Blazers and was a huge part in keeping the game close.
Jill Beever scored with just over 12 minutes left in the match to make it 5-2, but the Cougars quickly responded with a goal in close by a sliding Tatiana Lopez-Beltran to make it 5-3.
It was CMU’s sixth that was the goal of the match. Yaschyshyn tucked the ball around her left foot and then an ACC defender near mid court, then gave it off to a streaking Schwartzkopf who buried it underneath a sprawling Omeljanow.
With about 6 minutes left in the match Shaelyn Langlois got a rebound off CMU keeper Tegan Willick and made no mistake, cutting the Cougar’s deficit to just two goals with four minutes to play.
The Cougars ran out of time for their comeback as the game ended with 6-4 Blazers victory.
Esther Schwarzkopf and Kendall Omeljanow were named Players of the Game.
Men’s: Universite de Saint-Boniface defeats Brandon University 11-5.
Les Rouges kicked the game off right when striker Yahia Chihab kicked a rocket from well past mid court, shooting from the right side of the floor and sticking it in the top left side of the net. Soon after, Shaun Hewins tied it up for the Bobcats when he snuck a low, rolling shot under USB’s Samir Achour.
At 12:08 to go in the first, Raouf Samarou benefitted from the beautiful ball handling of Chihab as he buried a no doubter into a wide open net created by Chihab.
At 10:18, third highest MCAC goal scorer Rheal Chartier scored from about 10 feet out, beating BU’s keeper short side and putting the #1 Les Rouges in the driver’s seat of the game.
At 8:20 Hewins scored again as he and Osian Edwards got down the court on a two-on-one, Edwards drawing the defender before dishing to Hewins who made no mistake.
After another goal from Chihab, Les Rouges entered halftime up 5-2.
The second half of the game was very much the same as the first, beginning at the 21:22 mark when Chihab scored yet again from a ridiculous angle in the left corner of BU’s end, making it 6-2.
Once Aristide Berotie broke in alone and stuck one high in the corner of the net to make it 6-3 with 18:45 to play, USB’s lead finally looked insurmountable. The game ended with a final score of 11-5, the most lopsided semi-final of the day.
Women’s: Red River College defeats Brandon University 5-2
In what began as a very even matchup, it wasn’t long before the Bobcats were facing a 3 goal deficit. Kira Smedvik scored the Rebels’ 3rd shortly before halftime and when the two teams returned, Bobcat Aziza Kinnarath finally got her team on the board with about 19 minutes left to play.
The real story of this game though sat on either goal line; both team’s keepers played outstanding matches and were forced to make some spectacular, crowd-pleasing saves to keep the game close. Red River’s Addison Zeitins had pressure applied several times by BU’s frontline and turned them away, especially in the second half. BU’s Alison Cruse didn’t get the win but she too stood on her head to give BU a fighting chance in the match.
When Kelsie Paul scored from the very centre of the court about 30 feet out to make it 4-1, BU’s task looked nearly impossible. BU’s Jaycee Castle would add one of the nicer goals of the match with a tidy header, but that’s as close as the Bobcats would get to the Rebels.
Keepers Cruse and Zeitins both were awarded as Players of the Game.
Men’s: Red River College defeats Canadian Mennonite University 5-2
It was the MCAC leading scorer Derek Tessier that opened the game’s scoring for Red River and defensive stalwart Andrew Letkemen that notched the game at 1 for CMU.
Red River’s speed and intensity appeared to shock the home crowd right out of the gate, and they were loud and supportive but often watching the Blazers trail. By taking the crowd out of it, the Rebels looked spectacular in dismantling a team that clearly had Championship Final aspirations.
When TJ Shultz scored a beauty to make it 3-1 for the Rebels, the crowd seemed to notice that this could be CMU’s last game of the year. When Cesar de Costa Carvalho made it 4-1, it was clear the CMU Blazers would need a miracle to get the kind of chances needed to even the score. Veteran Simon Dueck appeared to do just that when he put one in for the home side and ignited the crowd. But soon after, Derek Tessier took a free kick for the Rebels in CMU’s end and what had appeared to be a shot on goal, was instead a beautiful pass to the side of the net for a waiting Paulo Nonnenmacher.
Rebel Philandro Norton and Blazer Simon Dueck were named Players of the Game.