2019 MCAC Men’s Soccer Final Four Preview

The CMU Blazers begin their title defence, but the top-ranked Bobcats hope to bounce back after last year’s finals loss

#1 BU Bobcats vs #4 USB Les Rouges

Just seven points separates first from fourth place, and the top-ranked Bobcats can’t overlook the Les Rouges after the teams split their season series.

Brandon knocked off USB 4-2 early in the season, but it was the fourth place Les Rouges who edged out the Bobcats 2-1 in their most recent match on October 5.

The Les Rouges have a strong attack, with four players ranking in the top ten in goals scored. League MVP, Derek Mains, is leading the league with nine goals, while Mohamed Bezzahou has scored seven — fourth most in the league. Phillip St. Cyr and Marouane Imaghri round out the top ten with four goals each.

Bobcats keeper, William Tonning will be up to the task after a solid campaign. The first-year goalie won MCAC male athlete of the week back in the third week of the season.

Brandon’s key players can match the USB attack, with Rinor Hoxha scoring eight goals in the season and Kevin Lopez netting five. 

Both teams had three players named to the MCAC All-Conference Team.

Jesse Roziere is at the helm of the Bobcats for a fourth season, while the 2019 MCAC men’s soccer coaches of the year, Seif Dhaoui and Nassim Hamlaoui, lead the Les Rouges into playoff action.

The Bobcats will look to win the championship, after falling to the CMU Blazers in last year’s final.

#2 PUC Pilots vs #3 CMU Blazers

The Pilots will look to win a third straight win against the Blazers after beating them 2-1 and 3-2 in the two matches they’ve played this season. Both games came down to the wire, and nothing but another close finish should be expected in the semi-final game.

This is a rematch of last year’s semi-final match. CMU edged out the Pilots on their way to win the 2018 MCAC championship.

Austin Blackwell leads the charge for Providence with eight goals this season, while Devin Vermette has come on strong lately with four goals in his last three games.

The 2019 MCAC co-men’s coach of the year, Anderson Pereira will be manning the CMU bench for a second straight season. The Blazers are the reigning MCAC champions and will look to make it back to the finals for a chance to repeat as winners.

The Blazers can strike from anywhere, with five of their players ranking in the top ten in goals. Joel Kisabo leads CMU with seven goals this season, while Kieran Baydock, Jonathan Monfilame and Ryan Jensen each have five tallies. 

Joseph Passi is coaching PUC for a fourth season and will hope to lead his squad to a championship with home field advantage throughout the weekend.

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