2017 MCAC Men’s Soccer Final Four

Providence University College Pilots defeat Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 1-0



By Taylor Allen

Playing over 110 minutes of soccer in 0 C weather didn’t solve anything between the Canadian Mennonite Blazers and the Providence University College Pilots.
Saturday afternoon’s men’s MCAC soccer semi-final had to be settled in a shootout, where the Pilots prevailed with a 4-2 victory.
Providence goalie Evan Bedard, who was named the player of the game, came up with two huge saves in penalty kicks to give his team the victory. Another attempt was shot wide of the net.
“You gotta watch the eyes (of the shooter),” said Bedard. “It’s all in the eyes.”
Both teams traded scoring chances during regular and extra time, but neither side could put the ball in the back of the net. Bedard says the cold weather was definitely a factor in the lack of offence.
“We did what we had to do (to win). We played good, considering the weather. A lot of us aren’t used to this,” said Bedard, a native of Selkirk, Manitoba.
It was a valiant effort by CMU, who were the No.4-ranked team in the conference with a 2-6-2 record. Providence was the top-ranked team as they finished the regular season with an 8-1-1 record.
“CMU might have finished fourth, but that doesn’t represent at all what they can do,” said Bedard.
Providence hasn’t won the men’s soccer MCAC title since 2013, as their opponent in Sunday’s final —the Universite de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges — have won the last three years. The championship game is set for 3:15 p.m. at Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.

“It’s going to be a great game,” said Bedard.

Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges defeat Brandon Bobcats 2-0

In a brutally tough game between Les Rouges and the Bobcats, the top-ranked team prevailed as USB moves on to the MCAC Championship to defend their title after a 2-0 victory today.
After a late start, the men had to work themselves back into playing temperature as the score didn’t budge until Mel Tangwa knocked one in seconds before the halftime whistle. 
Les Rouges goalkeeper, Eriq McMurray was outstanding in this one. Making what seemed to be countless saves in a tough, cold environment. 
The MCAC’s MVP, Yahia Chihab, hit one in off the crossbar and in just minutes into the second half and proved to be all Les Rouges needed to put away the Bobcats and move onto tomorrow.
Les Rouges will take on their conference counterpart tomorrow in the MCAC Championship. No better way to end the season than having the two best teams, with identical league-leading records battle it out in the snow for the title.



Around the Conference – Men’s and Women’s 2017 Soccer Final Four Previews

The 2017 men’s and women’s soccer Finals Fours kick off tomorrow at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex in Winnipeg with the women squaring off at 12:00 PM and the men afterward at 2:15 PM.

Below you’ll find each of the competing programs previews for their teams and their upcoming matches.

Find the full schedule of this weekend’s games here.

Providence University College Pilots

It wasn’t the most auspicious of starts for the Providence Pilots women’s soccer team. Looking to build on last season’s fourth-place finish and 9-3 defeat in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference semi-finals, and following months of aggressive recruitment, they lost their first three matches of 2017 by a combined score of 6-0.

 Their male counterparts will be looking to share the day with them—hoping to complete a soccer double for Providence.  

Coming off a fourth-place finish and extra-time defeat to the Red River College Rebels in last year’s MCAC semi-final, the Pilots men won eight of their ten matches in 2017 en route to the regular season title. Earlier this week they also earned a place in the National Christian College Athletic Association’s prestigious Top 10 ranking of Division II United States schools, and like the Providence women they’re expecting to contend at next month’s NCCAA North Region Tournament in Minneapolis MN.

Read both men’s and women’s Pilots preview at Providence Athletics…

Canadian Mennonite University Blazers

It’s another weekend of possibilities for Men’s Soccer as they prepare to embark on the 2017 MCAC Men’s Soccer Championship Semifinals on Saturday afternoon. The Blazers snuck into the the MCAC Final Four at the last possible moment, defeating the fifth place Red River Rebels 6-1 in their final regular season match to finish five points clear of the team that ended CMU’s Championship hopes in 2016.

It took until the seventh match of the 2017 MCAC Women’s Soccer Regular Season for any opponent to score a goal against CMU, and yet a place in the Championship Final Fours was not certain until the final game of the season; a 0-0 draw on Sunday versus Red River Rebels.

Brandon University Bobcats

The Bobcats women’s soccer team will look to defend their MCAC championship while the men will look to improve after missing out on the playoffs last season.

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The excellence of the Reds was maintained on the weekend of October 21st and 22nd. Winning their last two games respectively, the women’s and men’s soccer teams earned six points, qualifying them for the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.

Read the full Les Rouges preview here…

2017 Soccer All-Conference Teams Announced

Congratulations to all of the talented, hard-working student athletes and coaches who have been recognized for their performance during the 2017 soccer season.
Check out many of the athletes below at our MCAC Soccer Championships this weekend.

2017 MCAC Women’s Soccer Most Valuable Player

Alex Berena, Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges

I am so happy and extremely proud of Alex that she earned this great honor. Her tenacity and competitive drive kept her motivated and focused and it’s seems this was contagious as she motivated her teammates as well pushed them to be better. 

Alex started the season one of the most talented players in the MCAC but she continued to work and improved each week. She is a team captain that leads not only on the field but also helping out behind the scenes and away from the soccer pitch. 

Alex is a positive but feisty player, consistently playing high level soccer and always trying to get the best out of here teammates. She is a joy to work with and we say often and we will say it again we are lucky have a player like her on the team. – Coach Justin Legare

2017 MCAC Men’s Soccer Most Valuable Player

Yahia Chihab, Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges

For those who have had the opportunity to see Yahia play, it probably did not take you long to see the technical gifts this player possesses. This was not always the case as he actually didn’t make the first USB team he tried out for, and for some players that would have been enough to quit the sport or never try-out again…but not Yahia…this motivated him. He worked so hard and spent many hours on his free time working on his game and came back and earned his spot the following year! 

Since then he has been a dominate figure in the MCAC. I am extremely proud of Yahia and his accomplishments with his MCAC career and feel this honour of MVP is well deserved. Thanks for sharing you talents with us, we have had many successes together and hope we can celebrate one more after this weekend! – Coach Justin Legare

2017 MCAC Women’s Soccer Coaches of the Year

Cara Isaak & Lianna Bestvater, Canadian Mennonite University Blazers

2017 MCAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year

Joey Passi, Providence University College Pilots


2017 MCAC Women’s All-Conference Team

Marijka Yaschyshyn, Blazers

Camille Plett, Blazers

Jaycee Castle, Bobcats

Jade Barrault, Bobcats

Megan Burns, Les Rouges

Stephanie Berube, Les Rouges

Alyshia Da Silva, Rebels

Brittany Derkacz, Rebels

Julika Phommarath, Pilots

Kendall Omelianow, Cougars


2017 MCAC Men’s All-Conference Team

Braden Owen, Pilots

Herby Magny, Pilots

Jorge Vilchis, Pilots

Chris Giesbrecht, Blazers

Aidan Beckingham, Blazers

Vinessen Vadivelu, Les Rouges

Alex Castro, Rebels

Imani Bujiriri, Les Rouges

Diego Rodriguez, Bobcats

Dan Harrison, Bobcats

Courtney Engel is the MCAC’s Female Athlete of the Week (Week 7)

Courtney Engel had herself a weekend on the field scoring the game-winner versus the Cougars and being a huge contributor to her team’s dominant victory over the Blazers.

“Every game Courtney is our hardest worker,” said coach Tory Walker. “Not only does she work hard, but she is always happy and loves the challenge of playing in big games.”

Courtney is a beast in the centre midfielder position where she uses her strength and aggression to control the game from the middle of the field. Courtney is the voice and heartbeat of the Pilots when she communicates well the team does well, and when she works hard, the team works hard.

Courtney just played in her last home game of her Providence career last weekend but will be taking the field with her number one ranked Pilots to take on the Brandon Bobcats in the MCAC Final Four.

The semi-final is this Saturday, October 28 at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex at 12:00 p.m.

Juan Lafaurie is the MCAC’s Male Athlete of the Week (Week 7)

Juan topped off his league-leading season with four more goals this weekend, scoring a penalty kick against the Blazers and a hat trick against the Cougars. Juan’s goal total sits at 11, beating out the rest of the league by three goals.

 “Juan is a classic striker – physically strong, makes great runs, and knows how to finish when he’s anywhere near the net,” coach Joey Passi said. “He’s been a great factor for us this year, and his tenacity has guided our front line.”

“I knew from the start he would score for us, and he hasn’t let us down. He’s a natural finisher.”

Juan and the Pilots finished the regular season in the top seed and will take on the number four Blazers in the MCAC Final Four.

The semi-final is this Saturday, October 28 at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex at 2:15 p.m.