MCAC Women’s Soccer Preview

The CMU Blazers will look to defend the MCAC women’s soccer championship in 2019

CMU Blazers

Head Coach: Cara Isaak (fifth year) and Lianna Bestvater (fifth year)
Returning Players: 6
2018 Record: 4-4-2(2nd place)

If the Blazers are going to repeat as MCAC soccer champions, they will need some more strong play from their fourth-year goalkeeper Lydia Balsillie. CMU also fields a strong midfield, which includes second year, Tiegan Kroeker. One rookie to look out for is midfielder Miriam Kabonesa, the team is expecting her to be a key player for this year’s squad. The departure of Camille Plett will leave a void for the Blazers to fill if they want to repeat as champions, as she led the MCAC with 14 goals in 2018. 

BU Bobcats

Head Coach: Scott Haddow (second year as interim head coach, fifth year with team)
Returning Players: 13
2018 Record: 5-4-1 (1st place)

Following a 2-0 loss in last year’s finals, Brandon will hope to be raising a championship banner in 2019. The team finished at the top of the standings last season and should finish near the top again because they’re bringing back 14 players from the 2018 roster. Brandon’s two team captains, Kristin Surovy and Hasana Church, will be key players to watch this season. Surovy has proven to be a steady and reliable presence on the backend, while Church will be an exciting player to watch in the attacking zone. 

PUC Pilots 

Head Coach: Tory Walker (fourth year)
Returning Players: 10
2018 Record: 4-3-3 (3rd place)

Providence will look to make their season one game longer this year after losing to the Blazers in the semi-finals last season. PUC has a strong defensive unit with second year, Caleigh Peden proving to be hard to beat in 2018. Amelia Reimer is also returning to the Pilots defense after leading her team in goals from that position. Team captain Lindsey Dueck will also be a key player for Providence, she has shown she is the team’s best passer and is a vocal leader for the team. Makayla Myer will be an important piece to the Pilots attack, as she kicked off the 2019 season with four goals in her team’s first two games.

RRC Rebels 

Head Coach: Doug Lawrie (ninth season)
Returning Players: 4
2018 Record: 3-3-4 (4th place)

The Rebels will rely on a lot of new faces this season, but the team is geared up to secure a playoff spot in 2019. Ashley Paterson is returning to the Rebels and will be relied upon to lead their defensive group. New players are going to be key to the Rebels success and midfielder Jessica Gzebb is one of those players. Gzebb is new to the Rebels, but not new to the MCAC. She was a part of the PUC Pilots championship in 2014 and won player of the game for that final match. Brianne Jamieson will also look to make an impact for RRC. Jamieson is new to the soccer team, but she was a key player for the 2019 futsal team, scoring four goals in the season. Two other rookies to watch are defender Keiza Balzer and forward Shea Bresciani.

ACC Cougars

Head Coach: Mark Murray (fourth year)
Returning Players: 4
2018 Record: 2-4-4 (5th place)

The Cougars will try to move up a spot in 2019 to make the MCAC playoffs. ACC will be without Jerra Green this season, who was second in the MCAC with 11 goals last year. Without green, the Cougars will look to have goals scored elsewhere. Midfielder, Kendra Mansoff returns to the team this year and was tied for second on her team in 2018 with one goal. Mansoff will look to improve that number this season to help ACC get into the playoffs. Julianna Vannucci is a first-year striker that could help fill the void left by Green.

USB Les Rouges

Head Coach: Justin Légaré (fourth year)
Returning Players: 11
2018 Record: 1-4-5 (6th place)

The Les Rouges finished last in the MCAC last season, but they were only five points out of a playoff spot. Katie Moniot will be a key player for USB if they are going to make the jump into the postseason. Moniot is one of the team captains and a midfielder that excels in both the offensive and defesnsive ends. Cassie Nazeravich will be joining the USB defense this year and her skill and knowledge of the defensive game will be important to the team’s success. Forward Megan Kinsman got off to a good start on opening weekend, scoring two goals in USB’s 5-2 win over PUC. The Les Rouges are off to a 1-0-0 start after a tough 2018 campaign.

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