Pilots Ava Temple and Bobcats Matheus Souza are the MCAC Athletes of the Week for week ending Oct. 2, 2022

Providence University College (PUC) Pilots made a big move this week as they leapfrogged into second place in the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s soccer standings after a perfect week. A big contributor to three consecutive wins in week four was centre defender Ava Temple.

In a busy seven days, the Pilots powered through with a strong start in a upset win over first place and defending champs Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges on Sept. 28 with a 2-1 road victory. Temple played well by defending strongly and PUC only allowed one late goal versus the top scoring team.

On the weekend, the Yarrow, BC native exploded with five goals in 24 hours. She scored a hat trick against Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars on Oct. 1 during a 6-0 road win. The next day, Temple added two more goals in another 5-0 road result at ACC. The third year veteran had goals scored in various ways from set pieces, corners and also a couple from open plays.

“Ava has had a fantastic season so far impressing many coaches and players along the way. This past week, she has shown her complete game from being a shut down defender and showing her ability to drive forward and be an attacking threat,” stated PUC head coach Tory Walker. “On both sides of the ball she is fantastic. Ava has shown some great maturity and leadership the past few weeks and is only getting better. We are really happy Ava is a Pilot as she is not only a great player but an even better teammate.”

Despite playing in a defender position, Temple is now tied for third in conference goal scoring with six overall.

The Pilots now hold a 5-1-2 record and on a four game winning streak heading into week five. The Business student-athlete looks to keep up her dual threat performance in the next match versus Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Wednesday, Oct. 5 with kick-off at 8:15 p.m. CT.

Matheus Souza

No team is hotter in the 2022 MCAC men’s soccer season than the defending champs Brandon University (BU) Bobcats. They extended their winning streak to seven games with three additional wins and more importantly three clean sheets in those matches in week four. Goalkeeper Matheus Souza was a main reason for zeros on the scoreboard in capturing those victories.

The rookie keeper played in all three contests and has been rock solid as the last line of the defence. The Bobcats had to play three matches in five days and the Brasilia, Brazil native was ready for the task with his stellar play during 270 minutes.

Brandon had two tight matches of 1-0 results at home over Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars on Sept. 28 and then against third place Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges on Oct. 1. To end the week, Souza logged his third straight shutout during the 4-0 victory at home over Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Oct. 2.

The Bobcats has now not suffered a loss since opening day on Sept. 10 and in the lead of the conference by six points with a 7-0-1 record.

“Matheus has brought a calm and steady presence to the back end of our group. He is methodical in his movement, stays cool and relaxed, and makes good decisions when called upon,” enthused BU’s head coach Glen McNabb.

The Bachelor of Physical Education Studies student-athlete looks to continue clean sheet results in the nets when Brandon plays at CMU on Sunday, October 9 with at 1 p.m. CT start time.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2022-23 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 11, 2022)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Jordi Haskerkehrer – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 18, 2022)

WSOC: Kendra Mansoff – ACC

MSOC: Camilo Rodriguez – BU

Week 3 (ending Sept. 25, 2022)

WSOC: Tara Boulanger – USB

MSOC: Johnathan Kohan – BU

Week 4 (ending Oct. 2, 2022)

WSOC: Ava Temple – PUC

MSOC: Matheus Souza – BU

Week 4 (Sept. 28-Oct. 2) – 2022 MCAC Soccer Match Previews

Week four is a busy week in the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) soccer season with weekday games before weekend action. All five teams continue to battle for top spots in the conference standings during the week ending on October 2. For latest results, goal scoring leaders and standings, view at:mcacathletics.ca website.

Women’s soccer:

Sept. 28 result: Providence University College (PUC) Pilots 2 Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges 1

The first upset of the week as Providence University College (3-1-2) secured a 2-1 road win over Université de Saint-Boniface (5-0-1) to snap Les Rouges five game winning streak and the Pilots earned their second consecutive victory to move closer to the top spot. PUC still has two matches for the remainder of the week while USB has one game left to be played this weekend.

Sept. 28 result: Brandon University (BU) Bobcats 4 Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars 1

Second place Brandon University (4-1-1) scored four times for the second straight week against Assiniboine Community College (0-0-5). The Bobcats has now gained at least one point in the standings during the last five matches while the Cougars are still searching for their first win of the season. Kylie Van De Woestyne scored twice with single tallies by Émilie Dornez, Natasha Vermette for BU and Lichelle Martens added a goal for ACC.

Oct. 1: PUC Pilots at ACC Cougars – 3:15 pm CT start

This is the second game of the week for both teams. In addition, this will the first matchup of the season between both teams in 2022. Both teams are going in opposite directions as the Pilots look to build on their upset win early in week four and the Cougars would like to pull off an upset at home in this matchup.

Oct. 1: BU Bobcats at USB Les Rouges – 3:15 pm CT start

This is also the second game of the week for both teams. The defending champs Les Rouges and Bobcats play the second match of the season between the two teams that met in the 2021 MCAC Finals. In the first meeting of 2022, USB won 5-2 on the road. Plus, both squads are placed in the latest Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national rankings with Saint-Boniface at number eight and Brandon at 15.

Oct. 2: Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers at BU Bobcats – 3:15 pm CT start

Fourth place Canadian Mennonite University (1-0-4) has a chance to play a tired Bobcats team as they play their second match in 24 hours and third in five days while the Blazers have not played since Sept. 25. CMU leading goal scorers are Ayesha Umar and Chloe Boulet and they would like to snap a two game losing streak. BU have scored goals in bunches with Kylie Van De Woestyne (5), Kenadie Janzen (4) and Keashae Masters (4) plus Tarin Ballan (3) are in the Top 7 of conference goal scoring.

Oct. 2: PUC Pilots at ACC Cougars – 3:15 pm CT start

This is the third match of the week for both teams and playing back-to-back games over the weekend at ACC. Paige Heide leads with two goals for PUC while ACC has two players with one goal each this season.

Men’s soccer:

Sept. 28 result: Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges 2 Providence University College (PUC) Pilots 1

In a battle for second place, Université de Saint-Boniface (4-1-1) notched a hard fought 2-1 home win and Franck Oumar N’Dia registered both goals in the victory and now seven overall this season. Alen Milas-Ibrahimovic added a goal for Providence University College (3-0-3).

Sept. 28 result: Brandon University (BU) Bobcats 1 Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars 0

First place Brandon University (5-0-1) keep on rolling as they extend their winning streak to five matches with the shutout home win. Matheus Souza earned his first shutout of the season and Matheus Ruffini scored in the second half against fourth place Assiniboine Community College (0-2-3).

Oct. 1: PUC Pilots at ACC Cougars – 1 pm CT start

PUC is in third place and ACC looks to build on a couple draw results to move closer in the standings in the first of two matches at home against the Pilots. This is also the first match-up between both squads in 2022.

Oct. 1: BU Bobcats at USB Les Rouges – 1 pm CT start

First place on the line in this match. Les Rouges won 4-3 on the road in Sept. 10 match this season. The defending champs Bobcats only loss this year was that game and seek to reverse the result this weekend. Saint-Boniface is at number 11 in the latest CCAA national rankings.

Oct. 2: Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers at BU Bobcats – 1 pm CT start

Canadian Mennonite University (0-1-4) are seeking their first win of the season and an upset victory on the road against a possible fatigued team as Brandon play their second match in 24 hours and only first match of the week for CMU. BU’s Johnathan Kohan was MCAC Athlete of the Week winner in week three while Camilo Rodriguez leads the conference with nine goals so far. The Blazers have three players with one goal apiece so far in this campaign.

Oct. 2: PUC Pilots at ACC Cougars – 1 pm CT start

This is the third match of the week for both teams and playing back-to-back games over the weekend at ACC. PUC’s Giovanni Benitez Friesen is third in conference goal scoring with five. For the Cougars, Dustin Strasser and Christian Buck have scored a goal.

Les Rouges Tara Boulanger and Bobcats Johnathan Kohan are the MCAC Athletes of the Week for week ending Sept. 25, 2022

Another week in the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s soccer season and another perfect week for the defending champs Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges. In week three, Les Rouges had two more clean sheets and a big factor for no goals allowed was defender Tara Boulanger.

To start this week, USB won 5-0 at home over Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Sept. 20. In the next game, Les Rouges pitched another shutout with a 8-0 road win against Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars on Sept. 24.

Boulanger has been part of a team effort with her solid play from the back line as the second year player from Ile des Chênes, MB has been able to disrupt opponents’ attacks time and time again during this week and throughout the young season.

Université de Saint-Boniface sits atop the conference standings with a 5-0-0 record with four consecutive shutouts and only allowing a paltry two goals in five games.

“Tara might be one of the hardest working players I have ever seen and with her skill set it’s no surprise she is so dominant. Speedy, positive, smart, tenacious and talented, Tara is one of the strongest defenders in the league and is often given the difficult task of shutting down the opponents top offensive threats,” stated USB head coach Justin Légaré. “Her work rate is impressive and if a player somehow manages to get by her, you can count that Tara will be chasing her down and winning the ball back.”

The Computer Sciences student-athlete looks to continue her stellar defending in week four as USB host Providence University College (PUC) Pilots on Wednesday, Sept. 28 with kick-off at 8:15 p.m. CT and then host Brandon University (BU) Bobcats on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3:15 p.m. CT.

Johnny Kohan: Photo by BU Bobcats

A big week for the defending champs Brandon University (BU) Bobcats as they leapfrogged into the top of the MCAC men’s soccer standings after two road victories to end week three. Goalkeeper Johnathan Kohan was instrumental in securing the wins.

The converted forward and now goalkeeper has been pressed into duty in his new position due to injuries and has proved to continue the successful results as the last line of defence. The third year veteran secured two more wins with a clean sheet over Providence University College (PUC) Pilots on Sept. 24 in a 1-0 victory and played another 90 minutes in a 5-1 result at Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars on Sept. 21.

Brandon is now on a roll with a four game win streak as Kohan has started in goal for the last three matches.

“Johnathan has been the consummate team player this year. He’s done what ever has been asked of him and more, as his commitment his been evident in every minute he’s played so far this season,” enthused BU’s head coach Glen McNabb.

The Bobcats are now in first place with a 4-0-1 record, two points ahead of Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges.

The Bachelor of Science student-athlete continues to help Brandon in his versatile role as BU host ACC Cougars on Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. CT then play at USB on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. CT and finish week four at home against Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Sunday, Oct. 2 with kick-off at 1 p.m. CT.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2022-23 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 11, 2022)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Jordi Haskerkehrer – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 18, 2022)

WSOC: Kendra Mansoff – ACC

MSOC: Camilo Rodriguez – BU

Week 3 (ending Sept. 25, 2022)

WSOC: Tara Boulanger – USB

MSOC: Johnathan Kohan – BU

Week 3 (Sept. 20-25) – 2022 MCAC Soccer Match Previews

Week three starts early in the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) soccer season with two weekday games before weekend action commences. All five teams play with battles for top spots in the conference standings during the week ending on September 25. For results, goal scoring leaders and standings, view at:mcacathletics.ca website.

Women’s soccer:

Sept. 20 result: Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges 5 Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers 0

Université de Saint-Boniface (4-0-0) extends their winning streak to four games with a home win over third place Canadian Mennonite University (1-0-3). USB received goals from Stephanie Jones (2), Mylène Chabot, Sara Boissoneault and Marlene Zarychta for their third consecutive shutout this year. Both teams have one game left to be played this weekend.

Sept. 21 result: Brandon University (BU) Bobcats 4 Assiniboine Community College Cougars (ACC) Cougars 0

Second place Brandon University (3-0-1) scored four times with tallies from Kenadie Janzen (2), Keashae Masters and Jocelyn Heald and only three points out of first place heading into the weekend. With the road loss, Assiniboine Community College (0-0-3) is seeking their first win later during week three.

Sept. 24: USB Les Rouges at ACC Cougars – 3:15 pm CT start

This the second game of the week for both teams. In addition, this will the first matchup of the season between both teams in 2022. The defending champs Les Rouges are led by league goal scorer Sara Boissoneault with eight and Stephanie Jones at five. USB is also at number eight in the latest Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national rankings. The Cougars are led by MCAC Athlete of the Week winner center midfielder Kendra Mansoff who scored the first goal of the season for ACC in week two.

Sept. 24: BU Bobcats at Providence University College (PUC) Pilots – 3:15 pm CT start

This is a rematch of the Sept. 17 contest where the Bobcats won 3-1 at home over Providence University College (1-0-2). The Pilots are in third place and look to snap a two game losing streak and reverse the result of their first encounter. Brandon moves up to number 14 in the latest CCAA national rankings.

Sept. 25: CMU Blazers at PUC Pilots – 3:15 pm CT start

PUC plays their second straight game in back-to-back days while CMU have been off since Tuesday. This is a battle for teams both looking to move up in the conference standings. In their first match, PUC had a 2-0 home win on Sept. 10 to start the season.

Men’s soccer:

Sept. 20 result: Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges 4 Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers 2

To begin this week, Université de Saint-Boniface (3-0-1) moved into a tie for first place with the home win. USB scorers were Franck Oumar N’Dia (2), Joseph Zarychta, Irvin Bekhtiari while fourth place Canadian Mennonite University (0-1-3) had Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino and Gjok Prendi find the back of the net. Both teams have one game left to be played this weekend.

Sept. 21 result: Brandon University (BU) Bobcats 5 Assiniboine Community College Cougars (ACC) Cougars 1

In a competitive start to the season, Brandon University (3-0-1) is tied for first and tallied five goals for the second time already in 2022. Goal scores for BU were Camilo Rodriguez, Zach Wood, Matheus Rifini, Morgan Terry and Julien Dizengremel. Christian Buck added a late goal for Assiniboine Community College (0-1-2).

Sept. 24: USB Les Rouges at ACC Cougars – 1 pm CT start

This the second match of the week for both teams and this will the first matchup of the season between both teams in 2022. Les Rouges are led by Franck Oumar N’Dia who is second in league goals with four. USB stays at number nine in the latest CCAA national rankings. The Cougars are seeking to build off their draw last week and have one shutout so far this season.

Sept. 24: BU Bobcats at Providence University College (PUC) Pilots – 1 pm CT start

This is a rematch of the Sept. 17 contest where the Bobcats won 3-1 at home over third place Providence University College (2-0-1). The Pilots are on a one game winning streak while Brandon looks to extend their three game winning streak. BU’s Camilo Rodriguez was MCAC Athlete of the Week winner and leads the conference with nine goals so far. Giovanni Benitez Friesen leads PUC with four goals in this season.

Sept. 25: CMU Blazers at PUC Pilots – 3:15 pm CT start

PUC plays their second game in consecutive days while CMU last played on Tuesday. The Blazers would like to reverse the result of their first match where the Pilots won 5-1 on Sept. 10 in the PUC’s home opener.

Cougars Kendra Mansoff and Bobcats Camilo Rodriguez are the MCAC Athletes of the Week for week ending Sept. 18, 2022

Early in the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s soccer season, you can see the parity as all five teams have been competitive. Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars began their campaign after a week one bye and had center midfielder Kendra Mansoff lead the way.

After a tough start to the season against last year’s MCAC finalist Brandon University (BU) Bobcats on Sept. 14 at home, the Cougars bounced back with a close 2-1 loss to Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on the road.

The third year veteran scored on the penalty kick against CMU on Sept. 17 to narrow the lead at the 80 minute mark and assisted on numerous attacks on net and provided senior leadership while defending their own back end. In game one, Mansoff had four shots on goal and was dangerous on taking free kicks to create scoring opportunities during the home opener versus BU.

“Kendra has always been an extremely devoted and passionate player, which was evident in these seasons first few games. I placed Kendra in a central position where she can support her players in all advances and defensive plays, commented Kate Broadhead, ACC’s head coach. “She is effective nearly anywhere on the field, whether taking free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks or getting physical in the opponent’s end. Kendra understands the game well and has been instrumental in organizing her teammates on and off the field.”

The Cougars next plays in a rematch against Brandon on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and the ACC Medical Administration looks to continue her strong start to this year.

Camilo Rodriguez

Another season and no change in his scoring prowess. Second year forward Camilo Rodriguez was instrumental in leading the Brandon University (BU) Bobcats to two straight wins in week two of the 2022 MCAC men’s soccer season.

Rodriguez scored six of the eight goals by the Bobcats and began with a natural hat trick against Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars on Sept. 14 in a 5-1 victory. The Brandon native scored in the third minute and potted all three goals by the 34th minute.

In the second match of the week, he added another hat trick with one goal in the first half and two more tallies in the second half in a 3-1 home win Providence University College (PUC) Pilots on Sept. 17.

Rodriguez now has eight goals (and five ahead of nearest player) in three games in 2022 and has followed up his rookie season when he notched 14 goals in 2021.

“Camilo’s goal scoring ability is a tremendous asset, but it’s also his passion for the game and drive to make his team better is what makes him a remarkable player,” stated BU’s head coach Glen McNabb.

The Bachelor of Arts student-athlete looks to keep scoring and help Brandon in a tight three-way battle for first place as the play in the rematch at ACC on Sept. 21.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2022-23 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 11, 2022)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Jordi Haskerkehrer – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 18, 2022)

WSOC: Kendra Mansoff – ACC

MSOC: Camilo Rodriguez – BU