Week 5 (Oct. 6-10) – 2021 MCAC Soccer Match Previews

After an early start to week five on Wednesday, Oct. 6, there is a lighter schedule over the long holiday weekend for 2021 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) soccer matches that ends this week on Oct.10.

Women’s soccer:

Oct. 6 result: Providence University College Pilots (PUC) Pilots 6 Canadian Mennonite University Blazers (CMU) 0

Providence (5-0-2) won on the road and only three points back in the tight battle for first in the MCAC standings. The Pilots were led by Anna Green and Paige Heide with two goals each and both now have five goals this season. Laurianne Chiasson and Jessica Waytiuk also scored. This is the lone game for PUC this week while CMU (1-1-5) looks to rebound as the play on the road on Saturday.

Oct. 9: CMU Blazers at Assiniboine Community College Cougars (ACC) Cougars – 1 pm CT start

The Blazers want to repeat the first meeting result when they won 2-0 at ACC on Sept. 25. The Cougars (0-0-7) have played some hard fought games since the first encounter and looks for a reversal of fortune and their first victory of the season.

Oct. 9:  Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges at Brandon Bobcats (BU) – 1 pm CT start

Brandon (6-0-1) is first in the MCAC standings and also at number nine in the latest Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national rankings. This game has been highlighted as one of the CCAA Marquee Matchup this week. BU has won two in a row while Les Rouges (5-1-1) are rolling with a four game winning streak and nationally ranked No.12. Both teams played earlier this season with Brandon winning 4-0 but expect a much closer result in the rematch.

Oct. 10: CMU Blazers at USB Les Rouges – 1 pm CT start

Both teams play their second of back-to-back games during the Thanksgiving weekend. Depending on the results on Saturday, this could finish over a strong weekend for a team. The two teams played to a close 3-1 USB win on Sept. 30.

Men’s soccer:

Oct. 6 result: PUC Pilots 0 CMU Blazers 0

In the first scoreless tie for men’s soccer this season, the Pilots (6-1-1) and Blazers (2-1-4) both earned their first draw of 2021. CMU improved on a week one loss to PUC by holding the nationally ranked No. 12 team to no goals in this match.

Oct. 9: CMU Blazers at ACC Cougars – 3:15 pm CT start

The Blazers look to continue their climb up the MCAC standings with a road win over ACC (0-0-7). The Cougars scored four goals last week and seek a reverse of the score on Sept. 25.

Oct. 9:  USB Les Rouges at BU Bobcats – 3:15 pm CT start

Les Rouges (4-0-2) are just three points behind the Bobcats (5-0-2) in the conference standings in this important match-up. Brandon is the hottest team in the league with four consecutive wins and ranked No. 14 in the country. This game should be a tough battle.

Oct. 10: CMU Blazers at USB Les Rouges – 3:15 pm CT start

Both teams play their second of back-to-back games during the Thanksgiving weekend. This is the third meeting of the season and the Blazers are pushing for their first win over Les Rouges in this match. This match features two of the top MCAC goal scorers with Pilots’ Franck Oumar N’Dia entering the weekend with six while CMU’s Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino has tallied five goals.