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Pair of First-Half Penalties Sink CMU

Two penalty-kicks in the opening 30 minutes were enough to give the visiting Medicine Hat College Rattlers a 2-1 victory over CMU in inter-conference men’s soccer on Sunday afternoon.

The Albertan-visitors scored their first from the spot in the 22nd minute when Blazer captain Sean Dyck‘s challenge in the area was ruled worthy of a penalty. Minutes later, fifth-year defender Adam Janzen conceded a penalty when he went to shoulder-to-shoulder with an opponent.

Fresh off a 4-2 win against Red River College a day earlier, the Rattlers carried much of the possession in the opening half. However, as the opening 45 minutes drew to a close, Rodger Toews and Takuro Mizuno combined to release Cole Johnson in on goal and the first-year midfielder opened his CMU account with a cool right-footed finish.

Shortly after the re-start, the Blazers seemed to settle. “It was clear in the second-half that we were able to play some good soccer, move the ball around a bit and create the majority of the chances”, said CMU head coach Russell Willms. It was the finish that the home team failed to discover in the second 45-minutes.

Perhaps the best chance came from the boot of Andrew Letkeman. The first-year midfielder was sent in on goal in the 66th minute, but his attempt to direct the bouncing ball over the charging Rattler’s keeper narrowly missed the target.

The Blazers are back in action on home field next Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Red River Rebels to John Scouras Field. The game will mark opening weekend in the MCAC with the CMU women playing at 1pm and the men at 3pm.



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