It has been two long years since the last Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) men’s futsal championship was handed out. The 2022 season had five teams compete through another trying year to earn a chance at the championship trophy. Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges is the host of this year’s MCAC Futsal Championship on Sunday, March 13 at the USB East Gym in Winnipeg.
USB’s Associate Director Eric Lemoine commented about hosting the Championship: “USB is thrilled to be hosting the 2022 futsal championships. It has been a challenging season with delays and rescheduling, we are hoping to provide a great atmosphere with eager fan looking forward to see a high level of play.”
Due to COVD-19 and weather conditions, the 2022 regular season is completed on Saturday, March 12 at USB with those matches to determine the seeding positions and the four teams that earn a playoff spot on March 13. Here is a rundown on all the teams that are still in contention for a conference championship this season.
Men’s Futsal MCAC Rankings heading into March 12 games
First Place with seven points: Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers
CMU does not play on March 12 as they have played their allotted four matches earlier this year and is already guaranteed a Top 4 spot to qualify for this post-season.
CMU seeks back-to-back championships and they won the MCAC championship in 2020 over Brandon.
The Blazers hold a 2-1-1 record and have been outscored 24-14 by their opponents.
There are 12 of 15 players who were on the 2021 MCAC men’s soccer championship finalist squad earlier in the fall and this futsal team has been high octane in the first two legs. Matheus Moreno is tied for the MCAC goal scoring lead with seven goals while Daniel McIntyre-Ridd and Matthew Pahl are tied for third in the league with four goals. Will Anderson has added three tallies while Victor Hugo Gomes de Abreu with two markers. Overall, there have been nine different scorers for CMU heading into the playoffs.
Head coach Anderson Pereira, in fourth year, is looking for a repeat performance in 2022 and has the offence to score another championship.
Second Place with four points: Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges
USB is close to securing a playoff spot after a 1-1-0 record so far this season. Les Rouges were a semi finalist in 2020 and want to improve on this result in 2022.
USB has not lost so far this season and outscored their opponents by a 13-9 margin so far.
There are 10 of 13 players who played on the 2021 MCAC men’s soccer semi finalist squad earlier in the fall and this futsal team can score. Franck Oumar N’Dia leads the way and tied for third in league with four goals. Ibrahim Bezzahou has three goals along with Phillip St Cyr at two and then Michael Zarychta, Abdoul Niangadou, Sam Larson and Troy Morrison all with one apiece.
First year head coach Seif Dhaoui has the team focused on winning another championship as they last won MCAC futsal in 2018.
Third Place with three points: Brandon University (BU) Bobcats
Brandon has a 1-0-1 record into the weekend and would like to stay in the Top 4 and avenge their championship loss to CMU in 2020.
The Bobcats has played two high scoring contests and outscored their opponents by a 20-7 margin so far.
All 17 players who were on the roster on the 2021 MCAC men’s soccer championship back-to-back winning team earlier in the fall now return to this futsal team with an attacking offence. Camilo Rodriguez is tied for league lead in scoring with seven goals and brother Diego Rodriguez is tied for third in MCAC scoring with four. Christian Eluemelem, Rodrigo Melgar, Bryson Haywood have two markers each. Overall, there have been eight different scorers for BU heading into the weekend.
Glen McNabb is in his second year and wants the team to return to the championship and win the program second futsal championship and first since 2019.
Fourth Place with two points: Providence University College (PUC) Pilots
Providence also has a 0-2-0 record into the weekend and the goal is to stay in the Top 4 to advance to the conference championship.
The Pilots has played two draws and registered eight goals so far.
All 11 players who were on the roster on the 2021 MCAC men’s soccer semi finalist team earlier in the fall are back on this futsal team. PUC is looking for their first win in 2022 and are led by Garreth Rayner who has scored half the team’s goals with four. Johannes Barnes and Sean Kirkpatrick have notched two goals each.
Sixth year PUC’s head coach Joseph Passi looks for the team to make the playoffs, as they were semi finalist in 2020, and their goal is a first futsal championship in program’s history.
Fifth Place with zero point: Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars
The Cougars hold a 0-0-2 record into the weekend and have a chance to jump into the Top 4 with their first win(s) in 2022.
ACC has only scored once so far this season.
There are 11 of 13 players who were on the roster on the 2021 MCAC men’s soccer regular season earlier in the fall are back to play futsal. Assiniboine’s lone goal scorer has been Anbanaden Moonesony after two matches.
First year ACC’s head coach Chris McLachlan looks for the ‘W’ on Saturday and to qualify to compete for a first ever futsal championship in program’s history on Sunday.
2022 MCAC Futsal Championship hosted by USB in Winnipeg
Sunday, March 13 (all times are Central Time)
8:30 a.m. SF: #4 seed vs. #1 seed (women’s match)
10:15 a.m. SF: #3 seed vs. #2 seed (women’s match)
12 p.m. SF: #4 seed vs. #1 seed (men’s match)
1:45 p.m. SF: #3 seed vs. #2 seed (men’s match)
Sunday, March 13
3:30 p.m. Women’s Futsal Championship Final
5:15 p.m. Men’s Futsal Championship Final
Live webcast for all Championship matches at: http://www.youtube.com/LesRougesUSB