2018 Women’s All-Conference
2018 Women’s Soccer Most Valuable Player – Marijka Yaschyshyn, CMU
We are thrilled for Marijka to have received this recognition from the league.
She has been a dominant player for the past 4 years and continues to make her mark every game. As a centre back, Marijka has allowed our team to play with only three defenders and add extra an attacker because she is able to cover so much ground. In this formation, we rely on her to not only win tackles, but quarterback our team.
She communicates constantly, organizes our team in attack and defense, and gives us consistent distribution, either through short passes to our midfielders or long diagonal balls to our forwards and wingers.
Marijka is a fast, strong, and technically gifted player, but her soccer intelligence sets her apart. She knows when to step on any player, reads through passes and intercepts them, knows when to make attacking runs, and can effectively communicate to her teammates while high-speed play is occurring.
Most importantly, Marijka is a true captain and leader. She plays clean and fair soccer while always being one of the hardest working players on the field, leading by example, and supporting her teammates unconditionally. Marijka has definitely earned this award.” – Blazers head coaches Lianna Bestvater & Cara Isaak
2018 Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year – Douglas Lawrie, RRC
Doug’s attention to detail and passion for the game continue to make his successful in the MCAC. He treats the team and his athletes with the utmost respect.
He gets the best from the team on the field while understanding that student athletes at RRC have come for the education and provides them with the flexibility to have success off the field in the classroom where it matters the most.
RRC congratulates Doug on his award and are very pleased that his time, effort and hard work have been recognized by his peers who selected him for this honour.
– RRC Athletic Director Shane Ray
2018 Men’s All-Conference
2018 Men’s Soccer Most Valuable Player – Osian Edwards, BU
After leading the league in scoring and his hometown Bobcats to the best regular season record in program history, fifth-year forward Osian Edwards has been named MCAC men’s soccer MVP.
Scoring 14 goals in conference play, the Neelin High School grad elevated both his play and level of output from his team.
“I think coming into his last year, we’ve seen a big shift in Osian’s play,” says coach Jesse Roziere. “His leadership has grown and he’s become a true mentor to some of the younger player on his team and that’s where his impact is truly being felt. But best of all, and I’m sure he would tell you this, that he would trade any individual award for team success.”
Edwards’ impact goes beyond the pitch, as his attitude and demeanour have made him one of the most respected players on the pitch.
“It’s starting to become a reality that we’re not going to have some of these guys going forward and you quickly learn that you can’t replace the player or a person like Osian. For him to play his university soccer in his hometown is just really special considering the season he has had. One U12 player said they want to wear his number 10 when they
Edwards and the Bobcats enter Final Four this weekend as the #1 seed and will look to bring a championship banner back to Brandon. The Bobcats fell to St. Boniface in the Futsal championship final last March, and have yet to reach a championship game in the outdoor season in the team’s five years in the league.
2018 Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year – Jesse Roziere, BU
For the second straight year Bobcats men’s soccer coach Jesse Roziere is being recognized for his outstanding efforts being named MCAC coach of the year.
The 27 year-old Brandon product is in his third season at the helm of the Bobcats and has made steady improvements in each season, this year culminating in a near-perfect 9-0-1 record and the #1 seed entering this weekend’s Final Four championship.
“Jesse is very deserving of this recognition. He is a dedicated coach who been patient with the process while following his plan to develop the soccer program he’s created,” says BU Athletic Director Russ Paddock.
“The team’s success is a result of Jesse’s ability to improve individual skills as well as the team buying in to the system he has established,” Paddock adds.
In conjunction with his coaching duties, one of Roziere’s goals has been to grow soccer in Brandon and the Westman region. In his role as Technical Director of the Westman Regional Soccer Association, Roziere has held a series of clinics that connects Bobcat soccer players with youth soccer players in the region.
Roziere and the Bobcats take on #4 seed St. Boniface in a rematch of last March’s Futsal Final. Game time is 2:15 pm at Winnipeg’s Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.
Sunday’s championship final is set for 3:30 pm in Winnipeg and can be seen live on the MCAC Facebook page.