#1 USB Les Rouges vs #4 BU Bobcats
The Les Rouges were dominant in 2019. They finished the regular season undefeated, with nine wins and one tie. On the other hand, The Bobcats’ snuck into the playoffs with a losing record. BU snuck into the playoffs with their win over the ACC Cougars on Tuesday night.
USB won 3-1 an 2-0 in their two matchups with Brandon this season.
Both teams are trending in opposite directions from last season, as the Les Rouges finished in last place in 2018 and the Bobcats fell to the Blazers in the finals.
If USB is to complete their redemption season, they will need a spark from the 2019 MCAC women’s soccer MVP, Katie Moniot. She has been a leader off the field and has been strong in both ends of the field this year.
Megan Kinsman is tied for second most goals in the MCAC with four, while Cassie Nazeravich has been a key addition to USB’s back end.
If Brandon is going to turn their season around, they will need solid output from their two team captains, Kristin Surovy and Hasana Church. Forward, Ashley Seekings has also had her fair share of chances this season, leading the Bobcats with three goals.
USB is coached by the MCAC women’s soccer co-coach of the year Justin Légaré for a fourth season, while Scott Haddow is coaching the Bobcats for a fifth season.
#2 RRC Rebels vs #3 PUC Pilots
Two points separate the Rebels and Pilots and the teams split their season series this year — each winning by a score of 1-0.
The Rebels haven’t had much depth this season, but Douglas Lawrie’s squad has played structured defense to lead them to a second-place finish. Ashley Paterson has been a standout performer and was previously named MCAC female athlete of the week as a result of her play. Paterson has stepped into a larger leadership role after Brianne Jamieson was injured.
Kezia Balzer has been an important addition for the Rebels. Balzer is tied for second in the league with four goals and has fit in seamlessly after transferring over from CMU.
Makayla Myer brings the offence for Providence and is leading the league with a whopping nine goals. Myer scored the lone goal in PUC’s 1-0 win over RRC. The Rebels will have to contain Myer if they want to advance to the finals.
Claire Yager will be another player to watch. She won MCAC female athlete of the week following her two goals and two assists performance back in week five.
Lawrie is in his ninth year as head coach of the Rebels and was name co-coach of the year, while Tory Walker is coaching the Pilots for a fourth season.
The Pilots may have a slim advantage heading into the weekend. They’re playing at home and the team has won five straight matches after winning just one of their first five games. PUC will hope the hot hand continues, while the Rebels will look to put the Providence fire out.