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St-Boniface Sweeps Futsal Copa De La Paz

The Universite de St-Boniface Voyageurs women and men showed continuous improvement through round-robin play to claim the both titles in the inaugural Copa de la Paz Futsal Tournament at CMU.

Les Voyageur women began with a draw against the Red River Rebels, defeated the Providence Freemen and finished the round-robin with a 5-5 draw against the hosts.

The USB men powered themselves into Saturday’s final after a slow start that saw les Voyageurs sputter to a 4-4 tie against Red River. On Day 2, St-Boniface found their form, first edging Providence 7-5 and finishing the round-robin with a 4-0 win against CMU.

USB trailed 5-4 in the women’s final to CMU, when with 38 seconds remaining les Voyageurs struck with an equalizer. Julie Malo would score a golden goal winner in the second-half of extra-time to lift her team to cup victory.

With a 2-1-0 record through round-robin, the USB men faced Providence in the final, who qualified on goal-differential over the hosts. Les Voyageurs would make it back-to-back wins against the Freemen, winning the championship final by 6-5.

Despite ending the tournament without a trophy, the host Blazers had valiant runs. The CMU women won their pool and came within seconds of a championship win under interm coach Tony Mazza. On the men’s side, the Blazers 10-10 draw with Providence on Friday night was filled with electricity and emotion, while Saturday saw the CMU men comfortably defeat the Red River Rebels before faltering offensively against the eventual champions.

The sport of Futsal appears to have a bright future for the CMU soccer programs and for the other competing Manitoba Collegiate Athletic Conference competitors. “We were really happy with the way this all played out”, stated CMU Director of Athletics Russell Willms, “there was great parody within the teams and the quality of play was excellent. I know that the tournament was exciting for both the spectators and the athletes and there was plenty of energy created to grow the sport of futsal within the MCAC.”

 

 

 

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