MCAC Women’s Soccer  – 2021 Season Preview

For the first time, not only is a Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s soccer championship on the line but the journey continues to the Nationals as being MCAC’s first representative at CCAA Women’s Soccer Nationals hosted by Humber College from Nov. 10-13, 2021 in Toronto.

After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19, the USB Les Rouges will seek to defend their first-ever MCAC championship won in 2019. The other four MCAC women’s soccer teams are expected to challenge for the MCAC title in an exciting and competitive return to the pitch in 2021.

Assiniboine Community College Cougars (ACC)

Head coach: Kate Broadhead co-coach 4 years and Gerry Rocan co-coach 3 years in program

Keys for the team: 

Key Additions: Megan Bestwitherick (Defence), Lichelle Martens (Defence)

Key Returnee: Hannah Yuen (Striker), Tess Omeljanow (Goalie)

Key Losses: Katie Brown (Midfield), Brittany Boyd (Midfield)

Number of total team members to start the season: 17 players

Record and MCAC championship history: 

2019 MCAC regular season record and placing: 0-1-9; 6th place

Last MCAC championship: none

Season Preview with head coach comments: 

  • How is team/coach dealing with transition back into play after a year of not playing at this level.  “Making the experience as whole as possible. Making expectations for the team realistic.”
  • What games does the coach look forward to most. “ALL of them.”
  • What games does the coach feel will be a challenge and/or circled on the calendar.  “Away games are most challenging as playing in someone else park is tough.”
  • What does the coach expect from the League this year (i.e. competition, teams to watch for, etc.).  “All teams have a year away for soccer. It is exciting just to be able to play matches again.”
  • What are the challenges they expect with the season.  “Playing in a more restricted environment due to Covid-19.”
  • What are the team goals, expectations for the upcoming season /looking forward to.  “For everyone on the team to give it their best effort.”
  • Please name a key performer for this upcoming year and why  Hannah Yuen – “As striker had scored 5 goals in exhibition play.”
  • Who is your team captains this year Hannah Yuen (Striker), Calista Green (Midfield)
  • A comment/quote from team captain  “We have grown together as a team. We are making a lot of progress. The dedication and hard on the part of the girls is making us a better team.” – Hannah Yuen
  • Final comment/quote from the head coach.  “This is likely the most balanced team front to back ever for women soccer at ACC.”

Brandon University Bobcats (BU)

Head coach: Jesse Roziere, 2nd year as head coach

Keys for the team:

Key Additions: Helen Langrehr (Midfield), Brogan Henry (Midfield)

Key Returnee: Kailey Thompson (Midfield)

Key Losses: Hasana Church (multiple time MCAC all-star)

Number of total team members to start the season: 22

Record and MCAC championship history: 

2019 MCAC regular season record and placing: 3-2-5; 4th place

Last MCAC championship: 2017

Season Preview with head coach comments: 

  • How is team/coach dealing with transition back into play after a year of not playing at this level.  “I think they’re excited obviously, but I think we’re navigating a lot with all that’s happened. Right now we’re trying to find that balance of the girls that were here last year and new recruits, but the girls that were here didn’t really get that understanding of how the season operates. I think building that for the whole team right now is a process we’re working through. Our goal is to be a little bit more consistent week after week with this young group.” – Jesse Roziere
  • What games does the coach look forward to most. “I think everyone’s got Saturday circled on the calendar and really has that one in their heads. Saturday’s been circled for awhile and after that one our attention will just focus to Sunday”
  • What games does the coach feel will be a challenge and/or circled on the calendar.  “Any and all games will be a challenge. I don’t think there’s one over the other. I think the girls are just excited to play the games that come their way and feel fortunate now with having a schedule to look forward to. We’ve learned over the last 18 months or two years that it’s a privilege and it can be taken away at anytime, even by things out of our control, so I think just to take it one game at a time.”
  • What does the coach expect from the League this year (i.e. competition, teams to watch for, etc.).  “I think for us, our teams try to focus on us. I think it’s even more so this year because we really don’t know what the other teams are like, so I think continuing to focus on us and get a little bit better every day. We saw my last year with the men’s team, when we finished first in the regular season that was the first time in my four years that the top-ranked team had won the Final Four, so I think that’s a really clear message that we just need to meet our first goal of getting into that Final Four and continue getting a little bit better everyday.”
  • What are the challenges they expect with the season.  “Having not necessarily participated in sport this past year the way they once did brings challenges, but I think with school starting and in-person learning again I just think it can be a bit overwhelming. I think off the field is the area that we’re navigating and working through.”
  • What are the team goals, expectations for the upcoming season /looking forward to.  “Out team last year had a lot of success in the classroom. I think it was 12 all- scholars and I think the girls have set lofty goals in that regard again both as a group and individually for team GPA. Those types of things they’ve made some goals that they want to achieve and do some more to give back to the community. I know there’s over half of our team currently coaching youth programs too.”
  • Please name a key performer for this upcoming year and why  “Helen’s (Langrehr) going to be a big piece. She had a very good weekend at the University of Regina last weekend. Brogan Henry was very good as well and I think those two are going to be two very new key additions for us.”

Canadian Mennonite University Blazers (CMU)

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Providence University College Pilots (PUC)

Head coach: Tory Walker, 6th season as head coach. Dustin Martin 6th season as assistant coach. Dorothea Schulz 1st season as assistant coach and with the CCAA female apprentice coach program.

Keys for the team:

Key Additions: Sara Cadena (Midfield)

Key Returnee: Makayla Myer (Striker) – Lead MCAC in goals past 3 seasons. Jessica Waytiuk (Midfield) MCAC All-Conference player.

Key Losses: none

Number of total team members to start the season: 20

Record and MCAC championship history: 

2019 MCAC regular season record and placing: 6-0-4; 3rd place

Last MCAC championship: 2014

Season Preview with head coach comments: 

  • How is team/coach dealing with transition back into play after a year of not playing at this level.  “Our team has been as back to normal as allowed. We have had a full training camp which was about 2 weeks long and have already done a full pre-season trip out to Calgary Alberta. The team seems eager and ready for the start of the MCAC season.” – Tory Walker
  • What games does the coach look forward to most. “We are looking forward to the start of the regular season, our game this Saturday vs. school rival, CMU blazers. This game is our home opener where we will have a “fly over” by our aviation students, and our alumni game. Will be a great way to start off the MCAC season.”
  • What games does the coach feel will be a challenge and/or circled on the calendar.  “Every game is a challenge, we are looking forward to having real competition and being able to fight for an MCAC championship which has evaded us for a while now.”
  • What does the coach expect from the League this year (i.e. competition, teams to watch for, etc.).  “I expect the league to be tight as it normally is. The past few years USB women’s have been the team to beat, and Coach Justin has done a great job with that program and I expect them to be a hard match up.”
  • What are the challenges they expect with the season.  “Covid is always a challenge, I hope we as a league can push through and give our student athletes a great season.”
  • What are the team goals, expectations for the upcoming season /looking forward to.  “I know our team is most looking forward to real competition. Fighting for a championship and getting that “back to normal” feeling back.”
  • Please name a key performer for this upcoming year and why Makayla Myer – “She is a senior and has contributed to a lot of goals the past 3 seasons. She will be a threat offensively. Ava Temple & Paige Heide will be huge contributors for us defensively and will be a force breaking them down in our back line.”
  • Who is your team captains this year –            Chloe Jahn (midfield), Jessica Waytiuk (midfield) – “Both solid ball distributers and hard working players.”
  • A comment/quote from team captain  “I’m looking forward to being able to play and compete again after a long time off. I’m excited to see what this season has to offer for us!”  – Jessica Waytiuk
  • Final comment/quote from the head coach.  “This past year and a half has had its challenges, us as coaches here are happy to shift our minds onto the fun part of our jobs, playing soccer. I am extremely grateful for all the work the CCAA and MCAC reps have done to get this season going. I am excited to be coaching this fun group of women and am eager to see how we grow together.”

Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges (USB)

Head coach: Justin Légaré

Keys for the team:

Key Additions: Tara Boulanger (Fullback), Jade Lopez (Holding Midfield), Rachel Winzoski (Central Midfield or Central Defender), Daria Winzoski (Central Midfield), Kalyna Demaré (Central Defender), Emilie Dornez (Forward) Sara Boissonneault (Striker), Alexi Gagnon (Goalkeeper), Abbey Mackenzie (Central Defender), Kayden Perry (Midfield)

Key Returnee: Daniege Edey (Goalkeeper), Katie Moniot (Captain and Central Midfield), Mylene Chabot (Midfield), Cass Nazeravich (Central Defender), Melanie Chaput (Fullback), Steph Jones (Striker), Sophie Morham (Attacking Midfield)

Key Losses: Annick Riet (Striker), Kirsten Lonec (Midfield)

Number of total team members to start the season: 25 players on the roster (with some of those being practice players)

Record and MCAC championship history: 

2019 MCAC regular season record and placing: 9-1-0; 1st place

Last MCAC championship: 2019

Season Preview with head coach comments: 

  • How is team/coach dealing with transition back into play after a year of not playing at this level.  “We started slow…made sure we got some of that confidence back within the players and staff and continued to build from that. I have a hard-working group and together we got back in the groove of things..” – Justin Légaré
  • What games does the coach look forward to most. “I look forward to seeing my team show the confidence they had before the pandemic hit. They finally get rewarded for all the hard work and get to play games again.”
  • What games does the coach feel will be a challenge and/or circled on the calendar.  “Challenge this year will be keeping a large roster engaged and challenged. I also feel getting back the momentum we had pre-pandemic will take time and will help with confidence and getting the team back in full stride.”
  • What does the coach expect from the League this year (i.e. competition, teams to watch for, etc.).  “I just hope the MCAC continues to grow and improve. We need to make sure all the teams in the MCAC are competitive. The more competitive games we pay will benefit all the teams and help prepare the team that earns the right to represent the MCAC at Nationals.”
  • What are the challenges they expect with the season.  “Being “defending champs” we expect to get the best efforts from each team and we need to be prepared for that.”
  • What are the team goals, expectations for the upcoming season /looking forward to.  “We plan on getting back our momentum and confidence and build on our last successful year. We would like to earn the right to be the first team from the MCAC at Nationals.”
  • Please name a key performer for this upcoming year and why Daneige Edey (goalkeeper) – “Daneige has played strong and consistent for us and we will need that continued strong play and constancy from her to continue to see continued successes)
  • Tara Boulanger (defender) – “At the back Tara Boulanger finally get to share her talents on the field and will be a big part of our backline. Great skill and game knowledge and she will most definitely frustrate the opposing attacks. Her full back partner Mel Chaput will compliment her play and hopefully continue to be one of the most consistent players on the field for us.
  • “Cass Nazeravich, Kalyna Demaré, Rachel Winzoski will oversee and control our backline. All three are talented and all three bring something a little different that will be important for our success.”
  • “Jade Lopez in the holding midfield spot will play an important role winning ball in the middle and spreading the ball around the field with her great vision.”
  • “Katie Moniot and Mylene Chabot our leaders, team captains and an important part of our midfield who combine skill and a high work rate will be key to our team’s success. We will also be counting on Daria Winzoski work rate, vision and tenacity to solidify that midfield.“
  • “Upfront will be looking for Sara Boissonneault, Steph Jones, Sophie Morham and Emilie Dornez getting into dangerous areas where they can create scoring opportunities and capitalizing on those opportunities which these 4 talented strikers are more than capable of.”
  • Who is your team captains this year Katie Moniot (captain and central midfield), Mylene Chabot (captain and midfield)
  • Final comment/quote from the head coach.  “I am excited to see my team smile and compete again. Find their confidence and get rewarded for all the hard work with playing games again after a tough year.”