On a cold and blustery day, the #1 seed Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges accomplished their goal of defending their title. They won 2-0 over the #2 seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats in the 2021 MCAC Women’s Soccer Championship Final, hosted by Brandon University, on Sunday, October 31 at the HLC Field in Brandon.
The wind was definitely a factor as Les Rouges took full advantage by scoring both goals with the gusty conditions in the first 45 minutes.
2021 Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year Justin Légaré from USB stated after the championship win, “We chose the wind for the first half and scored twice and then contained in the second half.”
USB’s fourth year winger Mylène Chabot was the story of the game as she scored from outside the box as she kicked a goal that the kept going and eluded the Bobcats’ keeper for her first of the match. She then added another just after the 30 minute mark from a corner when she got a knee on the ball and it sneaked into the side post for the eventual 2-0 margin for victory.
Chabot enthused after the match, “I am so excited for the win and so very happy to come back after COVID and to win again and move onto the Nationals.”
The hosts Bobcats tried to rally in the second half but to no avail. All-Conference midfielder Brogan Henry had a couple of chances and midfielder Helen Langrehr had a free kick that was stopped with seven minutes left as the were the best opportunities to break the shutout bid and get back into the match.
Légaré reflected on what the team had accomplished. “It was more important to make it to Nationals and it will be an honour to represent MCAC at that stage this year.”
Les Rouges (9-2-1 regular season record; 2-0 playoffs) extends their unbeaten streak to 11 games (ten wins, one draw) while the Bobcats finish with a 9-1-2 regular season record and 1-1 in the post-season while ending their five game unbeaten streak.
“It will be exciting to be in Toronto and play at the Nationals.”– commented USB winger Mylène Chabot
Chabot and Brandon midfielder Ashley Robinson were named players of the match while Chabot was also selected as MCAC Championship Most Valuable Player. The veteran forward continued, “it will be exciting to be in Toronto and play at the Nationals.”
With the conference championship, USB claims their second title in program’s history (2019, 2021) and now advances to the 2021 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Soccer National Championship hosted by Humber College in Toronto from November 10-13.
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 vs. #4 seed CMU