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.
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.
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.