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Rivalry Heats Up In Final Home Game

The Blazers men’s soccer team hosted their final home game of the season on Tuesday evening against the Providence Freemen. It was a special night for 5th year players Chris Epp-Tiessen and Adam Janzen who were honored for their 5 dedicated years with the CMU soccer program.

With first-place divisional standing on the line, both teams came ready to play. The first half started with heated back and forth high-paced action. Each had their fair share of scoring chances which were met by outstanding saves by both keepers. CMU goalkeeper Adam Bergen had to make a series of big saves to keep the game scoreless. At the first whistle the match was tied 0-0.

The second half began with more fast-paced action, lots of that activity coming in CMU’s half of the field. Providence manufactured lots of shots but Bergen was up to the challenge time and time again, proving that he belongs between the posts. But the magic could only last so long. In the 65th minute, Providence forward Connor Wiebe, a 6’4 first-year out of Niverville, Manitoba broke through the CMU defenders and put one past an outstretched Bergen. Providence then struck again in the 68th minute when they were awarded a free kick. The kick by Troy Lydiate, a 6’2 midfielder from Regina, Saskatchewan, fooled the Blazer’s keeper to give the Freemen a 2-0 lead.

The Blazers attempt at a comeback was foiled by a strong defensive performance from a steady Providence team. The icing on the cake happened when Providence’s Norvin Campos scored his conference-leading 9th goal of the season when he took to the air heading in a long cross in the 87th minute. When the final whistle sounded it was Providence coming out on top 3-0.

The next action for the men’s team will be on Saturday, October 20, at 4pm as they play a semi-final game in the MCAC Championships against the St. Boniface Les Rouges at the Red River College Notre Dame campus. A win on Saturday would put them through to the final on Sunday and a welcome re-match against their Providence Freemen rivals.

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