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Blazers Hold Fort Versus Lakehead

A battered CMU men’s soccer team took the pitch at Chapples Stadium in Thunder Bay on Sunday afternoon with the tournament championships on the line. A CMU victory by two or more goals would push the Blazers into first-place on goal-differential after Lakehead University defeated Confederation College 2-1 on earlier action.

With fourth-year striker Chris Epp-Tiessen and second-year midfielder Sean Dyck both sidelined by ankle injuries, the Blazers relied heavily on goalkeeper Blayne Stobbe and solid defensive commitment to keep the ThunderWolves off the scoresheet.

Despite being held off the scoresheet, first-year striker Desmond O’Dell displayed his growing appetite to score goals. The 6’3 product of Lord Selkirk High School intercepted a pass 6 minutes into the match, pushed around a defender, only to have his shot parried wide of goal by the Lakehead goalkeeper.

CMU midfielder Jonah Langelotz had similar misfortune on 14 minutes when he found the ball at his feet at the top of the six-yard box but failed to find accuracy in his touch to direct the ball on goal.

Moments from the referee’s halftime whistle, the Blazers looked poised to break their goal-drought. O’Dell looked to have won a certain penalty in the 18-yard box only to see the referee turn a blind-eye and allow play to continue.

The second-half was capped by the heroic efforts of first-year goalkeeper Blayne Stobbe and fourth-year defender Adam Janzen to hold the ThunderWolves scoreless. The closest moment came in the 75th minute when Stobbe dove left for a strike destined for the top corner and punched it clear of danger.

With the 0-0 draw, CMU was forced to settle for third in the tournament collecting one-point from two matches. The Blazers are back in home action on Wednesday night when they face the undefeated Winnipeg Wesmen at the John Scouras Field at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex at 8 pm. Tickets of $5 at the gate for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

GAME STATS

1. Blayne Stobbe, 2. Scott Feick, 3. Simon Dueck, 4. Jordon Zimmerly, 6. Aaron Saint Cyr, 7. Desmond O’Dell, 8. Jonah Langelotz, 11. J.P. Hernandez, 14. Imran Uwimana (13. Jon Willie 72), 16. Andrew Janzen (17. Matt Mayers 45), 18. Adam Janzen

Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association