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CMU Gearing-Up For Championship Run

fifth-year captain Maraleigh Short #9

It seems that the match that most people are talking about surrounding this weekend’s 2012 MCAC Soccer Championships at Red River College is Saturday afternoon’s women’s semi that will see the host Rebels kick-off with the Blazers. The two teams divided by only a few miles geographically had even less distance of separation in their three regular season meetings.

On September 8th, CMU’s Rianna Isaak scored late in the second half to force the teams to share the points on a windy Saturday afternoon at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex. Their next meeting took place later that month at Norm Konowalchuk Field (the same location as this weekend’s championship) ending in a 0-0 draw.

Their final regular season match came in mid-October, a game that saw the Rebels take an early lead only to have Alanna Johnson (below) bring CMU level in the second-half for the third tie in as many meetings.

“I think we have improved a lot, even since the last time we played them (Red River)”, said Johnson, a first-year midfielder with the Blazers, “we really want to win and we are confident that we can go out on Saturday afternoon and take care of business.”

The weekend will be an important test for the Blazers. CMU was eliminated by Providence in last year’s semi-final and subsequently lost the third-place game to the Rebels finishing a disappointing fourth. With new-boss Tony Mazza working hard to develop a sound-defensive tactic and a pass-first approach to attacking, the Blazers are a difficult team to break-down and have shown plenty of promise going forward.

CMU will meet Red River in the MCAC women’s semi-final at 2pm on Saturday at Norm Konowalchuk Field, Red River College Notre Dame Campus. Tickets are available at the gate.

 

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