#2 BU Bobcats vs #3 USB Les Rouges @ 1 p.m.
The Brandon University Bobcats kick off championship weekend on homecourt against the Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges on Saturday. The Bobcats will look to repeat as MCAC futsal champions after winning their first title last year.
First, the Bobcats will have to get through Les Rouges. The two teams split their season series with the Bobcats taking the first match 7-5 on Jan. 25, and the Les Rouges getting revenge in a 5-3 win on Feb. 8. If the season series is any indication — we’re in for an exciting start to the weekend.
USB is led by one of the league leading scorers, Marouane Imaghri, who’s 15 goals earned him an all-conference award nod. Imaghri will have his work cut out for him with MCAC men’s futsal MVP William Tonning guarding the BU goal. Tonning has proven to be the league’s top goalie and has even found his way onto the scoresheet, scoring nine goals this season.
Imani Bujijiri will be another striker to watch on the USB side. He’s scored 11 goals this season to complement Imaghri’s 15. On the other side, Akim Johnston leads the Bobcats with 11 goals and will be a player to watch in Saturday’s game.
#1 CMU Blazers vs #4 PUC Pilots @ 3 p.m.
The top-ranked Canadian Mennonite University Blazers will look to make a second straight futsal championship, but they’ll have to beat the Providence University College Pilots for a third time first.
CMU topped PUC 8-6 and 7-4 this season. However, the Blazers are entering championship weekend after a 6-5 loss to USB, while the Pilots are coming off two dominant wins over the RRC Rebels and ACC Cougars.
The Blazers are led by Matheus Moreno’s league leading 15 goals and Victor Hugo’s 12 goals. Captain Ryan Jensen is playing his final season with the Blazers and will likely play a big role in the outcome of championship weekend.
All-conference forward Giovanni Benitez leads the Pilots attack, but PUC has gotten production from a variety of players. Aneil Athwal, Jeffery Dueck and Christian Dyck lead the team with 11 goals.
#2 RRC Rebels vs #3 CMU Blazers @ 5 p.m.
The Red River College Rebels have been playing with a short bench all season long, but MCAC women’s futsal coach of the year Doug Lawrie has always had a structured strategy to combat the short bench.
That strategy involves sending the league leading goal scorer, Jessica Gzebb, the ball whenever possible. Gzebb has 19 goals this season, and four of them came in a 5-2 win over the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers on Jan. 18. RRC swept their season series with CMU in a 6-0 win on Feb.16 — a game played without Gzebb. All-conference winner Kezia Balzer will be another Rebel to watch this weekend.
CMU finished the regular season with a strong 4-2 win over the #4 BU Bobcats and an impressive tie with the top-ranked USB Les Rouges. The Blazers will look to carry that success to their first win over RRC this season to advance to the final.
The Blazers are led by all-conference winger Tiegan Kroeker and defender Mariam Kabonesa, the team’s leading scorer with six goals this season.
#1 USB Les Rouges vs #4 BU Bobcats @ 7 p.m.
The undefeated Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges will look to repeat as futsal champions this weekend, but first they need to beat the Brandon University Bobcats on their home court.
The Les Rouges have had a successful season but haven’t had convincing outings against the Bobcats this season. The teams tied 4-4 in their first match this season, while USB edged out a 3-2 win in their most recent game on Feb. 8.
USB is led by MCAC MVP Katie Moniot. She’s scored 11 goals this season and is the team’s leader on and off the court. Myléne Chabot has also provided an offensive spark for the team this season, also netting 11 goals for the Les Rouges.
The Bobcats are led by all-conference captain Hasana Church. She’s netted 12 goals and Ashley Seekings has scored another 12 to fuel the BU attack. The Bobcats will look to give USB their first loss of the season, but first, they’ll have to beat all-conference goalkeeper Daneige Edey.
The action starts Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brandon University’s Healthy Living Centre and will wrap up with the futsal finals on Sunday.