El Mohktar Sefieddine named Week 5 Athlete of the Week

The Université de Saint-Boniface men’s soccer team hasn’t had much trouble finding the net in their 2015 season. 

But one of their players making sure the team’s goals-against remains low is El Mohktar Sefieddine, the 2015 MCAC Week 5 Athlete of the Week.

Mohktar is one of those defenders that help stop offenses from scoring. He is a talented and aggressive defender that rarely loses a 50/50 challenge” says head coach, Justin Legere.

“He wins balls in the air and on the run with precision and strong tackles. He is a quiet and humble player with many talents and skills that would allow him to play almost any position or role for Les Rouges.”

St. Boniface sits in second place with one more game to play this Wednesday against Providence University College at The Winnipeg Soccer Complex. Already having secured the second seed qualifying them for this weekend’s Championship in Otterburne, Les Rouges hope to keep their attack balanced the way they have for most of the season. Sefieddine’s ability to read the opposing offense and cut off passing lanes makes the second seeded Saint-Boniface a very dangerous double-edged sword that will contend for the season’s top honour.

“He is one of our most consistent players and that is why I trust him with the duty of playing one of the more important positions for us as one of the central defenders for our team. He plays with heart and determination each time he steps on the field”.

Catch Les Rouges’ last regular season game at 6:00pm this Wednesday, October 21st, at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex and the 2015 MCAC Soccer Championship, October 25th-26th at Providence University College in Otterburne, Manitoba.

Ryan Jensen named Week 4 Athlete of the Week

The Canadian Mennonite University men’s soccer team is in first place in the conference and their rookie midfielder, Ryan Jensen, is fitting in with the program nicely.

After being named the 2014 u18 Player of the Year by Winnipeg’s Bonivital Soccer Club, it was expected that Jensen would bring a certain pedigree to CMU’s program in his first season. But with 8 goals through 7 games and a knack for creating offense, Jensen is well on his way to making a mark in the MCAC.

“When play gets into the attacking third of the field, Ryan’s ability to dribble and penetrate the opponent’s backline is amongst the best in the conference” says CMU’s head coach, Russell Willms. “He is a great playmaker and finisher and is becoming a top player in the conference already in his first season.”

The 5’9″ Jensen is third in the league in scoring with three games to play in the regular season, the next being played against Red River College on October 10th at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex. The Blazers are amidst a tight race in the conference to qualify for the MCAC Championship being held at Providence University College on October 25th and 26th. The second place PUC Pilots have a game in hand and are currently only 1 point ahead of the Brandon University Bobcats. As far as men’s soccer is concerned, the MCAC is still very much up for grabs.

Jaycee Castle named Week 4 Athlete of the Week

After two goals in Brandon University’s win over Canadian Mennonite University last Sunday and a solid 2015 MCAC campaign so far, Jaycee Castle is Week 4’s MCAC Athlete of the Week.

The Bobcats’ 3-2 win over CMU on October 4th secured them second place in the league by a hefty margin over the third place Blazers. The Bobcats trail the undefeated Red River College Rebels by just three points in the standings, and according to Bobcats head coach Rainer Schira, Castle has had a huge role in that.

Her goal scoring threat often forces defenders to concentrate on her, which creates opportunities for others to score. She has started every game and has one of the highest playing times on our team. She’s also a natural leader in games and in practice“.

Along with being named the team’s captain, Castle leads the Bobcats with 8 goals on the season, good for second-most in the league. Much like Castle, BU has displayed a well balanced attack this season. Their only two losses of the season have been to Red River on September 13th and 26th, both by a goal apiece.

“She works hard behind the scenes to keep everyone organized and informed”, says Schira. “She has also created an atmosphere of friendliness and support while also helping to push each teammate to pursue excellence during practice.  She brings an intensity to the field that pushes others to do their best.”

Castle and the Bobcats hope to end their season on a winning note with their last game against Assiniboine Community College on October 17th at Brandon University. From there they’ll compete for the MCAC Championship hosted by Providence University College on October 25th and 26th.

Mitchell Martens named Week 3 Athlete of the Week

Currently, nobody has scored more goals in the 2015 MCAC soccer season than Mitchell Martens.

After 5 games played, Martens has buried 9 goals and helped lead the Providence University College Pilots to a 3-2 record good for 3rd place in the MCAC.

“Mitchell will do whatever is needed to help our team be successful. He played defense and midfield in our first few games but now he is playing forward. He his back to what he does best, which is score spectacular goals” says PUC head coach, Martin Ward.

Martens has scored in every game this season, including a hat-trick in PUC’s 4-1 win against Canadian Mennonite University on September 22nd.

The 5’8″ all-rounder is in his 3rd year with the Pilots and has been named a National Christian College Athletic Association All American in his previous two seasons.

Esther Schwartzkopf named Week 3 Athlete of the Week

In their Week 3 win against Providence University College on September 22nd, the CMU women’s soccer program beat PUC for the first time since the 2009 Women’s Championship Final. Esther Schwarzkopf made sure it was a memorable one.

After starting the season with a disappointing loss, the Blazers bounced back on September 13th with a 3-0 win against the ACC Cougars. Schwartzkopf scored her first goal of the season.

Then on September 20th, Schwartzkopf scored twice in a losing cause as the Red River Rebels beat CMU in a close 3-2 game.

The following Tuesday, just three days after CMU’s record had fallen below .500, Schwartzkopf and the CMU Blazers routed the Providence University Pilots with a score of 5-1 in the aforementioned win that had the Week 3 Athlete of the Week collecting her first hat-trick of the season.

Oh and one more thing – Schwartzkopf is a rookie, and she’s tied for the most goals in the league*.

“Esther has done more than score goals for us, she has been a ninety minute player who is key in our attack but also helps defensively” says CMU’s head coach, Lianna Bestvater. “She is really playing with confidence for us and if she can stay on form she will definitely help us in these big matches that are coming up in October”.

A native of Winkler, MB, she is in her first season with Canadian Mennonite University after winning the 2014 MHSAA Rural Provincials with Northland Parkway Collegiate and being named the high school Rural Provincial MVP.

* Schwarzkopf and Red River College’s Jessica Lister are leading MCAC Women’s Soccer with 6 goals apiece.