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.
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