On a bone-chilling Saturday afternoon, the final four women’s soccer teams in the MCAC left their hearts out on the field and proved why they deserved to make it this far.
The Brandon Bobcats and Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges proved the best today and move on to the championship game tomorrow at 1:00PM.
Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges defeat Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 2-1
By Taylor Allen
The Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges are one win away from winning their first women’s soccer MCAC championship.
The No.2-ranked Les Rouges took down the No.3-ranked Canadian Mennonite Blazers 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex to punch their ticket to Sunday’s final.
It was a sloppy first half with neither team able to generate many scoring chances. There wasn’t much action until CMU’s Camille Plett snuck behind some defenders to score on a breakaway in the 33rd minute to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead.
The Blazers held on to the lead until the 66th minute, when Les Rouges’ midfielder Katie Moniot tied the game up. 11 minutes later, the Les Rouges completed the comeback as Stephanie Berube found Alex Berena in front of the net who capitalized to give USB the 2-1 lead.
“It felt pretty good,” said Alex Berena on scoring the game-winning goal. “Steph gave me a great ball though. It was a team effort.”
Berena, who was named the Player of the Game for the Les Rouges, said despite being down early, her and her teammates never doubted that they would come back and win the game.
“We had a little talk. We just needed to really focus and come together and that’s what we did,” said Berena.
The Les Rouges will take on the No.4-ranked Brandon University Bobcats in the final at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex. Brandon defeated the No.1-ranked Providence Pilots in a shootout in the other semi-final.
Brandon Bobcats defeat Providence University College Pilots 2-1
It took extra time and a best-of-five shootout, but the Brandon Bobcats made it happen today beating out the top-ranked Providence Pilots 2-1 in the MCAC semifinal.
The score stayed knotted at zeroes until the last few minutes in the first half when All-Conference striker, Jaycee Castle, booted one home to give her Bobcats the early 1-0 lead. During her follow through, Castle got tangled up and ended up injuring her ankle and was helped off the field.
This was a huge blow to the Bobcats after Castle led her team in scoring this year with 10 goals.
Another All-Conference player, Julika Phommarath, tied the game again after a gorgeous breakaway goal for the Pilots. Phommarath ended up with most of the Pilots chances this afternoon but was only able to put one in the back of the net.
Both the injury time and overtime were played through with no goals on either side. The women were noticeably hurting from playing in the cold for over two hours, but both benches remained engaged in the game and rooting for their teammates.
The shootout finished after an amazing save from the Bobcats goalkeeper and it didn’t take long before her teammates filled her open arms in celebration.
The Bobcats go into tomorrow looking for their second straight MCAC Championship.