Bobcats Diego Rodriguez is the MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 31, 2021

The #2 seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats treated the hometown crowd to back-to-back titles at the 2021 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC)  Men’s Soccer Championship. Fourth year midfielder Diego Rodriguez capped an amazing season with a MCAC Championship Most Valuable Player selection

Rodriguez was earlier selected as 2021 conference MVP and continue his torrid pace during championship weekend. The Brandon native scored on a penalty kick to jump start the Bobcats after being down one and eventually winning 2-1 in the semis versus the #3 seed Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The Bachelor of Physical Education Studies student was on fire in the championship final. He assisted on his brother and rookie midfielder Camilo Rodriguez goal with a nifty pass to start BU’s scoring at the fourth minute. 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 as Brandon cruised to a 4-0 result over the #4 seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers.

Rodriguez was also named as BU’s Player of the Match.

The Bobcats (9-1-2 regular season; 2-0 playoffs) extends their unbeaten streak to 11 games (ten wins, one draw) as they now travel to the Nationals.

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.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2021-22 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 12, 2021)

WSOC: Kira Ireson – BU

MSOC: Franck Oumar N’Dia – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 19, 2021)

WSOC: Morgan Pierce – CMU

MSOC: Jai Virk – PUC

Week 3 (ending Sept. 26, 2021)

WSOC: Katie Moniot – USB

MSOC: Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino – CMU

Week 4 (ending Oct. 3, 2021)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Garreth Rayner – PUC

Week 5 (ending Oct. 10, 2021)

WSOC: Paige Heide – PUC

MSOC: Jafet Sandoval – ACC

Week 6 (ending Oct. 17, 2021)

WSOC: Cassie Nazeravich – USB

MSOC: Ryder Anthony – BU

Week 7 (ending Oct. 24, 2021)

WSOC: Makayla Myer – PUC

MSOC: Joel Dueck – PUC

Week 8 (ending Oct. 31, 2021)

WSOC: Mylène Chabot – USB

MSOC: Diego Rodriguez – BU