Just over two years ago, the last Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s futsal championship was awarded. 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 concludes on Saturday, March 12 at Canadian Mennonite University 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.
Women’s Futsal MCAC Rankings heading into March 12 games
First Place with six points: Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges
USB looks primped to make a run to a three-peat as they have won the last two MCAC futsal championship handed out in 2019 and 2020.
Les Rouges has won both matches it has played and outscored their opponents by a 10-5 margin so far.
There are 12 of 13 players who played on the USB’s 2021 MCAC women’s soccer championship team earlier in the fall and this futsal squad has had a balanced attach so far. Katryna Mickaniec, Sara Boissonneault, Stéphanie Jones all are tied for team lead with two goals apiece while Kalyna Démaré, Cassie Nazeravich, Émilie Lecuyer and Jade Lopez have add one goal in their two victories.
Head coach Justin Légaré, in his tenth year, has the team focused on winning another championship but must navigate a long weekend of matches to do so.
Second Place with four points: Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers
CMU does not play on March 12 as they have played their allotted four matches earlier this year. They will await the results to see if they stay in the Top 4 and make the post-season.
CMU looks to improve on their semi final loss in 2020 and last captured the MCAC championship in 2018.
The Blazers hold a 1-1-2 record and have been outscored 17-13 by their opponents.
There are 10 of 13 players who played on the 2021 MCAC women’s soccer semi finalist team earlier in the fall and this futsal squad is led by Tiegan Kroeker who has the conference lead in goals with four. Kalyssa Wasylik has notched three goals for a second place tie in MCAC and Melissa Gilbert has added two goals. Tia Bruinsma, Ayesha Umar, Tai Linklater each have one goal.
Head coach Cara Isaak, in her sixth year, would like to have the opportunity to compete for a championship and must now wait to see if they get the chance.
Tied for 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 semi loss to USB in 2020.
The Bobcats has played two evenly matched contests and have been closely outscored by an 8-7 margin so far.
All 21 players who were on the roster on the 2021 MCAC women’s soccer championship finalist team earlier in the fall are back on this futsal team with a balanced attach so far. Kylie Van De Woestyne and Jorja Hoad have the team lead with two goals each while Molly McPherson, Bien Van Berkel and Kenadie Janzen have a goal each.
Scott Haddow & Danielle Sanjenko are both in second year as co-head coaches at BU and seeking first futsal championship in program’s history.
Tied for Third Place with three points: Providence University College (PUC) Pilots
Providence also has a 1-0-1 record into the weekend and would like to stay in the Top 4 to advance to the conference championship.
The Pilots has played two evenly matched contests and outscored their opponents by a slim 4-3 margin so far.
All 15 players who were on the roster on the 2021 MCAC women’s soccer semi finalist team earlier in the fall are back on this futsal team. PUC has played two low scoring matches and have spread the scoring among four players – Jessica Waytiuk, Chloe Jahn, Paige Heide and Ava Temple.
Sixth year PUC’s head coach Tory Walker looks for the team to make the playoffs, as they did not qualify in 2020, and their goal is a first futsal championship in program’s history.
Fifth Place with one point: Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars
The Cougars hold a 0-1-1 record into the weekend and would like to leapfrog into the Top 4 with their first win in 2022.
ACC has also played two evenly matched contests and have been slightly outscored 7-6 by their opponents so far.
All 11 players who were on the roster during the 2021 MCAC women’s soccer regular season earlier in the fall are back to play futsal. Assiniboine has leading scorer Hannah Yuen with half their goals at three and tied for second in MCAC. And with one goal are Megan Beswitherick, Natalie Babcock and Alison Schoenrath.
Second year ACC’s head coach Gerry Rocan seeks to earn a win on Saturday and to play 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