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Blazers Face Defeat to Bronze Medal Rebels

It was a timely victory for the #4 ranked Red River Rebels on Sunday afternoon who held off #3 CMU to capture the bronze medal by a score of 3-1 in the 2011 MCAC Soccer Championships at Red River College.

The Blazers found themselves in the third-place game after being surprised in the first-half of their semi-final by a vastly-improved Providence squad. The Freemen jumped out to a four goal first-half lead and never looked back, taking the semi by a final score of 6-0.

CMU carried the lion-share of scoring chances in the opening half of Sunday’s Bronze Final, but failed to find a finishing touch capable of alluding Vanessa Gensiorek in the Red River goal. On 22-minutes, Sarah Karasiuk stuck for the home-side passing Kelsey Reimer to put the Rebels up a goal.

Shortly after the restart, the Blazers looked destined to draw level but the desperate defending of Amy Veldkamp and Kim Cowan managed to keep Vanessa Kornelson, Deanna Zantingh or Maraleigh Short from getting lethal scoring opportunities for themselves or their teammates.

The Rebels went up two goals on an Amy Reimer counter-attack in the 66th minute securing the victory. CMU would break on Meghan Kjartanson‘s 82nd minute goal to give the Blazers faint hope, but with minutes remaining before the referees final whistle, Domonique Colatruglio cut across the top of the penalty area and slotted in a third Rebel goal past Reimer.

The bronze medal loss was a difficult way to end what was an improved season for the CMU women’s soccer team. The Blazers recorded three more wins than in 2010 and scored 15 goals in 10 matches.


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