Brandon Bobcats win over PUC Pilots while CMU Blazers secure OT win versus USB Les Rouges at 2022 MCAC Men’s Futsal Semi-Final

At the 2022 MCAC Men’s Futsal Championship semi-final matches, hosted by Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges in Winnipeg, on Sunday, March 13, the top seeded Brandon Bobcats and third seeded CMU Blazers both advanced in two very competitive matches.

#1 BU Bobcats vs. #4 PUC Pilots

In a spirited affair that saw one player sent off because of two yellow cards, the #1 seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats continued their winning ways with a 11-7 victory over the #4 seed Providence University College (PUC) Pilots.

The Bobcats led throughout the match as they had a 7-3 halftime lead and the closest the Pilots reduced the margin to 7-5, early in the second.

The story of the match was BU’s Diego Rodriguez with four goals along with Zach Wood with three markers and two goals each by Bryson Haywood and Samuel Wetstein. PUC had a balanced attacked with Daniel Pearce and Sean Kirkpatrick with two tallies each and Jai Virk, Joel Umeh, Garreth Rayner all with one.

Every time the Pilots seemed to gain the momentum, Brandon found an answer with a timely goal.

Providence season ends with a 1-2-1 regular season and 0-1 in [post-season. Brandon (3-0-1 regular season; 1-0 playoffs) looks for the program’s second futsal conference championship and first since 2019.

Player of the Match for BU was midfielder Diego Rodriguez and midfielder Daniel Pearce for PUC.

#2 USB Les Rouges vs. #3 CMU Blazers

In the other semi-final, the #2 seed Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges and #3 seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers had another high energy contest and this match needed extra time to decide a winner. CMU continues their defence of their championship with a thrilling 6-5 overtime victory.

At half it was 4-2 as CMU led for the majority of the first 25 minutes and then after regulation it was 5-5 in an evenly match semis. USB had the lead twice in the second half only for the defending champs to equalize.

For CMU, Daniel McIntyre-Ridd scored the game-winner with 14 seconds left in the first OT and there was no other goals in the second OT.

Matheus Moreno had a hat trick, Ridd with two and Victor Hugo Gomes de Abreu with one for the winners. The host USB had two each from Franck Oumar N’Dia and Michael Zarychta while Sam Larson added one in a tough loss.

Both teams had identical 2-1-1 regular season record and CMU avenged a previous loss earlier in 2022 and now have a chance to repeat.

Player of the Match for the Blazers was Matheus Moreno with Michael Zarychta for USB.

In the 2022 MCAC Men’s Futsal Championship Final, the Blazers looks to defend their title when they play against the Bobcats in a rematch of the 2020 finals.

2022 MCAC Futsal Championship hosted by USB in Winnipeg

Sunday, March 13 (all times are Central Time)

8:30 a.m.          SF: #1 USB Les Rouges 6 #4 BU Bobcats 1 (women’s match)

10:15 a.m.         SF: #2 PUC Pilots 5  #3 CMU Blazers 3 (women’s match)

12 p.m.            SF: #1 BU Bobcats 11  #4 PUC Pilots 7 (men’s match)

1:45 p.m.           SF: #3 CMU Blazers 6 #2 USB Les Rouges 5 in OT (men’s match)

Sunday, March 13

3:30 p.m.           Women’s Futsal Championship Final: #1 USB Les Rouges vs. #2 PUC Pilots            

5:15 p.m.            Men’s Futsal Championship Final: #1 BU Bobcats vs. #3 CMU Blazers

Live webcast for all Championship futsal matches at:

http://www.youtube.com/LesRougesUSB