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CMU Delivers Commanding Win Over Les Rouges

The CMU men’s soccer team was in action on Saturday afternoon, October 13, against the University of St-Boniface. Although this MCAC action began with a see-saw of ball possession, the Blazers delivered a commanding win over their cross-town rivals by a score of 3-0.

At the 12-minute mark of the first half the Blazers had their first real scoring opportunity of the game by being awarded a penalty kick. Rodger Toews (#18), a second-year 6’5 forward from Chaco, Paraguay, took the penalty shot and was denied by St. Boniface goalkeeper Ahmed Elamorani (#1). But Toews was up for the challenge and would not be foiled a second time when immediately after the first penalty kick a handball in the St. Boniface box put the ball on the penalty marker for a second time. This time Toews’ powerful strike found the back of the net and gave the Blazers the 1-0 lead. The goal solidified a momentum shift which saw CMU keep the ball in St. Boniface territory for a large portion of the first half, leaving a frustrated St. Boniface with little to show for their efforts.

CMU’s second goal would come at the 41st-minute mark of the first half when Cole Johnson (#17 ), a 5’9 first-year midfielder from Winnipeg, took what looked to be a soft shot on net but the ball managed to beat the sprawled out St- Boniface keeper.At the end of the first half it was CMU 2, St. Boniface 0.

For the Blazers, the second half started just where they left off in the first, with a crisp break-away goal in the 55th minute by Rodger Toews, his second of the match. With CMU leading 3-0, both teams played out the remainder of the second half at a slow pace without any major scoring chances. The latter part of the game did, however, get chippy with free kicks being handed out regularly. CMU kept a cool head about themselves, playing hard through to the final whistle.

The Blazers put on a great performance and earned a well-deserved 3 points with a convincing 3-0 win. The men’s soccer team will see their next action on Tuesday, October 16, at 8 pm in their final regular season game against the Providence Freemen. In a tight race for top spot in the division, Tuesday’s game will be a foretaste of next weekend’s MCAC championship games.

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