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Championship Push Ends In 3-2 Defeat

CMU’s championship hopes were dashed at Whittier Park in St-Boniface when they came out on the short-end of a 3-2 decision on Sunday afternoon.

Coming into the final weekend of the season, the Blazers found themselves one-point back of the fourth-place Voyageurs for the final place in the four-team championship weekend. A win for either side would secure their place.

The University of St-Boniface came out with confidence and held much of the possession in the early minutes. With a record of 1-1-5, the Voyaguers had taken all 4 of their points for matches on home soil, despite losing their opening match of the season 5-0 to CMU.

On minute 15, Ibrahima Kamite struck for the black-shirts when he finished a confident run through the midfield with a rocket past Blayne Stobbe. St-Boniface continued to knock at the CMU door, but Stobbe and the Blazer back-four kept them home team in check and didn’t concede a second goal, despite constant pressure.

Three minutes after the restart, the Blazers drew level. On a free-kick from 25-yards out, first-year defender Rodger Toews’ blast was spilled by Yassine Ouhinou and Desmond O’Dell tucked in the leftovers for his first of the season.

CMU’s hopes of a go-ahead goal were dashed on minute 70 when the referee awarded the Voyageurs a penalty-kick for a foul on the extreme edge of the area, Adam Janzen was forced to commit the foul on Hamza Ammor.

Moments later, another aggressive run into the box by Ammor ended in a cross deposited by Abdoul Aziz Gueye behind Stobbe, all but extinguishing CMU’s dream.

First-year midfielder Simon Dueck scored a second marker for the Blazers on 81 minutes, but with few minutes left in the match it became clear that the 3-points would be out of CMU’s grasp.

“We threw what we had at them today, but it wasn’t quite enough, “stated head coach Russell Willms, “we have a good young side with some exceptional young players who are really dedicated to training, so it was a valuable learning experience for us this season and we plan to keep this group together and really put together a championship caliber side next year.”

The MCAC Soccer Championships are scheduled for October 22 and 23 at Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus. Visit mcacathletics.ca for more information.

 

 

 

 

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