Providence University College Pilots defeat Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 1-0
By Taylor Allen
Playing over 110 minutes of soccer in 0 C weather didn’t solve anything between the Canadian Mennonite Blazers and the Providence University College Pilots.
Saturday afternoon’s men’s MCAC soccer semi-final had to be settled in a shootout, where the Pilots prevailed with a 4-2 victory.
Providence goalie Evan Bedard, who was named the player of the game, came up with two huge saves in penalty kicks to give his team the victory. Another attempt was shot wide of the net.
“You gotta watch the eyes (of the shooter),” said Bedard. “It’s all in the eyes.”
Both teams traded scoring chances during regular and extra time, but neither side could put the ball in the back of the net. Bedard says the cold weather was definitely a factor in the lack of offence.
“We did what we had to do (to win). We played good, considering the weather. A lot of us aren’t used to this,” said Bedard, a native of Selkirk, Manitoba.
It was a valiant effort by CMU, who were the No.4-ranked team in the conference with a 2-6-2 record. Providence was the top-ranked team as they finished the regular season with an 8-1-1 record.
“CMU might have finished fourth, but that doesn’t represent at all what they can do,” said Bedard.
Providence hasn’t won the men’s soccer MCAC title since 2013, as their opponent in Sunday’s final —the Universite de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges — have won the last three years. The championship game is set for 3:15 p.m. at Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.
“It’s going to be a great game,” said Bedard.
Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges defeat Brandon Bobcats 2-0
In a brutally tough game between Les Rouges and the Bobcats, the top-ranked team prevailed as USB moves on to the MCAC Championship to defend their title after a 2-0 victory today.
After a late start, the men had to work themselves back into playing temperature as the score didn’t budge until Mel Tangwa knocked one in seconds before the halftime whistle.
Les Rouges goalkeeper, Eriq McMurray was outstanding in this one. Making what seemed to be countless saves in a tough, cold environment.
The MCAC’s MVP, Yahia Chihab, hit one in off the crossbar and in just minutes into the second half and proved to be all Les Rouges needed to put away the Bobcats and move onto tomorrow.
Les Rouges will take on their conference counterpart tomorrow in the MCAC Championship. No better way to end the season than having the two best teams, with identical league-leading records battle it out in the snow for the title.