2019 Women’s Futsal Championships Preview

Women’s games kick off at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 9 at Red River College. Preview by Nicholas Bueno.

#1 CMU Blazers (7-1-2)

Tied for the best record in the MCAC at 7-1-2, the CMU Blazers are entering this weekend looking to go for back-to-back titles. Last year they beat USB 5-2 in the final to secure their first title. The Blazers are a futsal force, reaching the finals both seasons and securing the first seed for the second straight year. The Blazers are led by the dynamic Camille Plett, who leads all MCAC futsal scoring with 22 goals on the year. Two other Blazers are in the top ten in scoring, Marijka Yaschyshyn (9), and first-year Tiegan Kroeker (T-6). The Blazers are coached by fourth year coaches Lianna Bestvater and Cara Isaak.

#2 USB Les Rouges (7-1-2)

Les Rouges enter this season neck-and-neck with the #1 seed Blazers in many ways. They have the same record (7-1-2), both teams have top scorers with at least 20 goals, and they met in the final last season. Les Rouges’ leading scorer is midfield Katie Moniot, with an incredible 21 goals. The USB women’s futsal program has seen a huge turnaround since its inception, going from last seed in their first year, reaching the final as a #3 seed the next year, and now having a very successful 2018-19 campaign. If both top seeds make the title game, expect USB to be out for revenge.

#3 Brandon Bobcats (6-1-3)

In what is a very evenly-matched weekend (the #1 seed and the #4 seed are separated by five points), the Brandon Bobcats secured a 6-1-3 record during the regular season. The Bobcats snuck in the playoffs last year as the four seed, only to be bumped by the Blazers. This year they are led by second year forward Hasana Church, who ranks fifth in the league with nine goals. The next highest scorers on the Bobcats are Sarah Suchan, Ashley Seekings, Jessica Kalyniuk each with five goals. Head coach Scott Haddow has been with the team since its inception and is looking for the Bobcats’ first futsal final appearance.

#4 Red River Rebels (5-2-3)

The last three years have been a roller coaster ride for the Rebels’ futsal program. After winning the 2017 title they missed the playoffs entirely in 2018, and now hold the four seed looking to play upset on Saturday. The Rebels boast the third best scorer in the league: Logan Bresciani, with 17 goals to her name. The next highest scorers on their team are Laura Girard and Julia Friesen each with five goals. The Rebels are coached by Doug Lawrie who is currently in his eighth year.

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