On a cold and windy Halloween afternoon, #2 seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats were in no mood for any tricks. They treated the loud and boisterous hometown crowd to a convincing 4-0 win over the #4 seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers in the 2021 MCAC Men’s Soccer Championship Final, hosted by Brandon University, on Sunday, October 31 at the HLC Field in Brandon.
With the victory, the Bobcats defend their title as they are now back-to-back conference champions (2019, 2021).
BU’s fourth year midfielder Diego Rodriguez backed up his Most Valuable Player award for this season by being selected as MCAC Championship MVP with a stellar two goals and one assist in the Final. Diego commented after the win, “It feels so good to win. We all worked together and so hard for this result. We can’t wait to go to the Nationals.”
The goals came early and often for the hosts. BU scored quickly in the fourth minute as brother and rookie midfielder Camilo Rodriguez was sent in from a pass from Diego and he put it past the CMU goalkeeper. Diego then stepped and executed a penalty shot in the 11th minute and by then time he added his second in the contest from a bending free kick at the 21st mark, the match was pretty much over.
After 45, it was 3-0 BU. In the second half the Blazers, who upset the first seed PUC Pilots in the semis, tried to find a way to score to get them back in the game. They could not despite a couple chances. Fifth year Daniel McIntyre-Ridd had an opportunity on a header later in the second half but could not find the back of the net. Camilo then added an insurance marker on a semi-breakaway to finish the scoring late.
We knew it was important to score the first goal as CMU defends so well and it was huge that we received the start that we did– stated 2021 MCAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year Glen McNabb
2021 MCAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year Glen McNabb from the Bobcats exclaimed after the final, “this is unbelievable and unreal and the team came through with a great effort today. We knew it was important to score the first goal as CMU defends so well and it was huge that we received the start that we did as the Blazers had to start to press more.”
The Bobcats (9-1-2 regular season; 2-0 playoffs) extends their unbeaten streak to 11 games (ten wins, one draw) while the Blazers end their 2021 run with a 4-7-1 regular season and 1-1 post-season results.
Diego Rodriguez and McIntyre-Ridd were also named players of the match.
With the conference championship secured, Brandon now advances to the 2021 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer National Championship hosted by SAIT in Calgary from November 10-13. This is the first time for MCAC representative at the Nationals.
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 2 #2 seed Brandon 0
2:30 p.m. Men’s Championship Final: #2 seed Brandon 4 #4 seed CMU 0