Angel Pionela’s goal off a corner kick and Katie Moniot’s penalty shot led the Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges to raise a championship banner following their 2-0 win over the Providence University College Pilots.
With the win, the Les Rouges have completed their undefeated season with 11 wins and one draw. The team dominated for most of the season and were rewarded with their championship victory.
Both teams played solid defense and gave their opponent little room to move, limiting the shots to 6 for USB and 4 for PUC.
Pilots striker Makayla Myer and Les Rouges forward Stéphanie Jones each had hat tricks in Saturday’s semi-final matches but were both held off the scoresheet in the final.
Pilots’ defender Amelia Reimer made several big stops in the match. Reimer was the last defender back on a Myléne Chabot rush — Reimer used her body to win the battle and stole the ball.
USB had five corners before capitalizing on their sixth. The ball was put in play and gathered by a Les Rouges player on the right side of the Pilots’ box where a cross pass was made inside to Pionela who tapped it past the PUC goalkeeper in the 38th minute.
The Les Rouges held the Pilots without a shot and led 1-0 at halftime.
PUC came out strong after the break and Claire Yager had back-to-back scoring chances and clanged a shot off the post and wide in the 56th minute of play.
USB settled things down and Annick Riet beat Pilots defender Caleigh Peden to create a breakaway chance. Peden pinned Riet along the back line, where Riet fell to the ground and a penalty shot was called.
Les Rouges captain, Moniot, took the shot and buried it in the bottom left corner.
The Pilots had some chances late, including a penalty outside of the box that was grabbed by USB goalkeeper Daneige Edey.
The top-ranked Les Rouges held on to win the MCAC women’s soccer championship.
Pionela and Reimer were named players of the game, while Jones was named most valuable player of the MCAC final four.