2020 MCAC Women’s Futsal Preview

The USB Les Rouges look to continue their dominance following a 2019 futsal and soccer championship season

USB Les Rouges
2019 record: 7-1-2
Head coach: Justin Légaré (12th year)

The Les Rouges hope to string together another championship season after winning last season’s futsal championship and the 2019 MCAC soccer championship. 

Katie Moniot, the 2019 soccer MVP and 2019 futsal all-conference midfielder will continue to be a key player for USB. Moniot scored 21 goals during the Les Rouges futsal championship run and will look to have another 20-plus goal season to lead her team to another final appearance. Mylène Chabot will be another player to watch on the wing — she scored nine goals last season for the Les Rouges.

“As defending champions, we understand teams will be giving us their best efforts this season and so we are working hard preparing for many tough games,” said Les Rouges head coach Justin Légaré. “We are in the process of evolving our game defensively and offensively with new formations and tactical plans.”

USB has nine returning players and begins their title defense against the RRC Rebels on Saturday, January 11.

CMU Blazers
2019 record: 7-1-2
Head coach: Lianna Bestvater and Cara Isaak (4th year)

After losing to USB in last year’s final and their disappointing outdoor season, the Blazers will look to return to the MCAC playoffs. Without 2019 futsal MVP Camille Plett, CMU will rely on veteran and new players to lead them to fill the void — Plett led the MCAC with 22 goals last season.

Winger Tiegan Kroeker is returning to the team after a top-ten finish in goal scoring last season. Kroeker was an all-conference team member during the soccer season and she will could carry her outdoor success into the futsal season to help her team return to the playoffs. Newcomer Kylie Karr and Mariam Kabonesa are other players to keep an eye on this season.

BU Bobcats
2019 record: 6-1-3
Head coach: Scott Haddow (5th year)

The Bobcats fell to the Les Rouges in last year’s semi-final match and were recently knocked out of the MCAC soccer semi-final by the same team. BU will field an experienced futsal roster, with all 15 players also playing for the soccer team this year.

If the Bobcats are to take the next step and make a championship run, they will rely on their veteran leadership duo of Hasana Church and Kristin Surovy. Church scored nine goals during the 2019 futsal season. Ashley Seekings will be another player to watch — she scored two goals in this year’s soccer semis. 

“We will be relying on veteran players … to lead the way, while at the same time exposing some of the new players who haven’t played futsal at this level to the speed and intensity of the game,” said Bobcats head coach Scott Haddow.

RRC Rebels
2019 record: 5-2-3
Head coach: Douglas Laurie (9th year)

The Rebels are coming off a strong 2019 soccer regular season record of 6-2-2 but ended up losing their semi-final match to the third-ranked PUC Pilots. RRC has eight players from their soccer roster and will look to carry their regular season success into the futsal season.

All-conference defender Ashley Patterson will be a key to the Rebels back-end and should provide a large leadership presence. Goalkeeper Abigail Wilson is coming of an impressive soccer season and will look to steal some games for RRC. Futsal can put team’s in high scoring matches and Shea Bresciani will look to provide that offensive spark to the team — Bresciani was tied for fifth in MCAC soccer scoring this season. 

ACC Cougars
2019 record: 2-1-7
Head coach: Mark Murray (3rd year)

After missing the playoffs last season and failing to qualify for the MCAC soccer championships this year, the Cougars will be fielding a new-look squad. Alyson Peasgood is the lone player returning from last year’s futsal team and will look to be a steady option in the defensive zone. ACC will rely on rookies to push for a playoff spot this season.

PUC Pilots
2019 record: 0-0-10
Head coach: Tory Walker (4th year)

After a grim 2019 futsal season, things are looking up for Tory Walker and his women’s futsal team. The Pilots roster consists of 11 players, all returning from their outdoor squad, which lost a tight 2-0 match to USB in the MCAC soccer championship. PUC can only hope with a similar roster that they can make it back to a championship game.

Makayla Myer led MCAC soccer scoring this season with nine goals and will look to turn that into a 20-plus goal futsal season. A goal scorer like Myer will get plenty of chances in a fast-paced futsal season. All-conference midfielder Jessica Waytiuk and team captain Lindsey Dueck will look to add stability to the Pilots’ back-end.

“We have a much more experienced group this year and are really excited to start the season,” said Walker. “This group of girls really enjoy playing together and I am sure that chemistry will show on the court this year.”

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