Three-peat! A busy day at the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Futsal Championship, hosted by Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges in Winnipeg, had the top two seeds USB and Providence University College (PUC) Pilots meet-up in the Championship Finals on March 13 and USB prevailed by a 8-1 result.
Earlier in the same day, USB won 6-1 over number four seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats and PUC victorious by a 5-3 margin over number three seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers in semi final contests.
#1 USB Les Rouges vs. #2 PUC Pilots
Three times the charm! The host USB Les Rouges treated a packed house at the USB’s East Gym to another championship win as they have won in 2019, 2020 and now 2022.
“Crazy. All of the delays this year and we were just excited to compete and it gave us more time to train,” stated USB’s head coach Justin Légaré. “Playing at home and having a crowd was very special to win here.”
The host jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead from goal by Stéphanie Jones only a minute in. USB added another in quick order before Providence notched their first at the 12 minute mark for a 2-1 score. With just under one minute left, USB fired home another goal off a deflection and led 3-1 at half.
The second half was a tale of two different games as Les Rouges (4-0-0 regular season; 2-0 playoffs) dominated right from the first whistle as they pounced on two quick markers only 90 second in and never looked back.
Championship MVP was Les Rouges goalkeeper Daneige Edey. She has been part of all three championship titles and stated, “No expectation with two years off and we really believed in each other as this team had great chemistry. It was such a gift to win at home this time and so proud of our effort throughout this season.”
USB goals came from Katie Moniot with a hat trick, Jones, Mélanie Chaput, Kalyna Démaré, Émilie Lecuyer and Sara Boissonneault with one each.
For PUC (2-1-1 regular season; 1-1 playoffs), Anna Green scored in the first half as they tried to win their first conference championship in program’s history. PUC’s head coach Tory Walker said, “It’s been a disappointing season as not ideal with stop and start of the schedule. Today we fought hard and would have been a better game if we could have game planned but happy to reach the MCAC championship game and the effort over last two days.”
Légaré summed up this season, “It is never easy to be undefeated and we believed in doing it and got the job done.”
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 8 #2 PUC Pilots 1
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