On a sunny but windy afternoon in Brandon, the top four seeds battled it out in the 2021 MCAC Women’s Soccer Championship semi-final matches, hosted by Brandon University, on Saturday, October 30.
The top two seeds USB Les Rouges and BU Bobcats were victorious and will now meet-up in the Finals on Sunday, October 31.
#1 USB Les Rouges vs. #4 CMU Blazers
The #1 seed Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges (9-2-1 regular season record) beat the #4 seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers by a score of 5-0. In a close first half, Les Rouges took advantage of the strong wind when All-Conference forward Sara Boissonneault scored when she knocked in a ball off a corner and at it was 1-0 after 45 minutes.
Les Rouges broke it open with two goals in less than five minutes apart halfway through the second half and never looked back. All-Conference fullback Tara Boulanger added another with a close in shot and Boissonneault pocketed her second of the semis as she fired home a goal as they opened up the contest.
Winger Mylène Chabot was alone in front to score the fourth. To cap the scoring late, the wind played a factor, as the ball bounced over CMU’s keeper Morgan Pierce and Rachel Winzoki was on the scoreboard with the long shot.
With the playoff win, Les Rouges (9-2-1 regular season record; 1-0 in playoffs) is now on a ten game unbeaten streak (nine wins, one draw) while the Blazers finish the campaign with a 3-1-8 regular season record and 0-1 in post-season.
Player of the Match for USB was Sara Boissonneault while fullback Tiegan Kroeker was selected for CMU.
#2 BU Bobcats vs. #3 PUC Pilots
In the other semi-final, there was a back-and-forth between the #2 seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats and #3 Providence University College (PUC) Pilots as nothing could be decided in regulation time. Brandon finally found the back of the net in extra time to advance after a 1-0 win in front of the hometown crowd.
There was a lot of nervous fans in attendance with every minute going by and no goals scored. The intensity ratcheted up in the extra period and All-Conference midfielder Brogan Henry found the net with a low shot from just inside the box in the 93rd minute, which squeaked inside the post for the lone goal of this semis.
The Pilots continued to press to find the goal to push it into penalties but to no avail and the hosts goal of winning a championship on home field is still alive.
Brandon (9-2-1 regular season record; 1-0 in playoffs) now enters the championship on a five game unbeaten streak (four wins, one draw) and will face the defending champion USB Les Rouges in the Finals. Providence completes a strong 7-0-5 regular season record and this tough playoff loss.
Player of the Match for USB was Brogan Henry while striker Anna Green was named for PUC.
The 2021 MCAC Women’s Soccer Championship Final, Université de Saint-Boniface will play against Brandon University at 12 p.m. (noon) CT on Sunday, October 31 at the HLC Field in Brandon.
2021 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Soccer Championship
Hosted by: Brandon University
Saturday, October 30
12 p.m. WSOC: #1 seed USB 5 #4 seed CMU 0
12 p.m. WSOC: #2 seed Brandon 1 #3 seed PUC 0 – extra time
2:30 p.m. MSOC: #4 seed CMU 1 #1 seed PUC 0
2:30 p.m. MSOC: #2 seed Brandon 2 #3 seed USB 1
Sunday, October 31
12 p.m. Women’s Championship Final: #1 seed USB vs. #2 seed Brandon
2:30 p.m. Men’s Championship Final: #2 seed Brandon vs. #4 seed CMU