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Champions To Be Crowned This Weekend

0T8A1414-XLCMU Athletics and The Winnipeg Soccer Complex are proud to be the hosts of the 2013 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Women’s and Men’s Soccer Championships this Saturday and Sunday.

The hosts take to the pitch in Saturday’s semifinals at 2 and 4 PM. The CMU Women enter as the third-ranked squad who kick-off against the #2 Red River Rebels at 2 PM. Both teams finished with identical 3-0-3 records and split their head-to-head matches in the regular season. The Rebels finished as the higher seed based on goal differential, but it is the Blazers who will have home field advantage in the semis and took their regular season win over RRC on their home pitch on September 21st.

“I have always been a believer in ‘teamwork’ plus ‘fun’ equals success,” says first-year midfielder Jillian Beever (right). The graduate of Rivers Collegiate helped the Rams to the 2012 Rural Girls Provincial Championship in her Grade 12 year, and knows what it will take to get the Blazers into Sunday’s final. “We are going to have to  be aware of their speed. Controlled passing and communication will be more valuable to us than a running game.”

Just like in her high school days, Beever has served the Blazers in a variety of ways this season; in defense, in midfield, as a front-runner, and even in goal. “We need to go into Saturday’s semifinal like we are playing for a National Title,” she adds, “they beat us 4-nil last game so hopefully they will be the ones coming into this match relaxed. The home pitch will be our advantage.”

The CMU men take the pitch at 4 PM Saturday, in a rematch of the 2012 Men’s semifinal, when the University of St-Boniface came back from down two goals to steal the Championship berth away from the Blazers, winning 4-3. Not much can be predicted based on the meetings between the two teams this regular season. The Blazers annihilated Les Rouge in St-Boniface by a score of 7-2 in September and last weekend USB avenged the loss with a convincing 4-1 win.

0T8A3277-XL“For us to advance, we need to play proper defense, clogging up the central part of the field to eliminate their ability and skill on the ball,” said 3rd-year CMU goalkeeper Blayne Stobbe (left), “as well, we need our attacking players engaged and able to transition. They need to make penetrating runs and generate scoring opportunities.”

Stobbe has emerged as leader on his team this season and a difference-maker when it comes to big games. The graduate of Steinbach Regional made numerous saves in the 4-1 loss last weekend that kept the Blazers in the match until two goals in the final 10 minutes capped the match.

2013 MCAC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH

10 AM Women’s Semifinal

#1 Providence (Otterburne, MB)  v.#4 Assiniboine (Brandon, MB)

12 PM Men’s Semifinal

#1 Providence (Otterburne, MB) v. #4 Red River (Winnipeg, MB)

2 PM Women’s Semifinal

#2 Red River (Winnipeg, MB) v. #3 CMU (Winnipeg, MB)

4 PM Men’s Semifinal

#2 University of St-Boniface (St-Boniface, MB) v. #3 CMU (Winnipeg, MB)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH

1 PM Women’s Championship Final

Winners of Women’s Semifinals

3 PM Men’s Championship Final

Winners of Men’s Semifinals

 

Tournament Passes and Daily Admission are available at the gate. The Winnipeg Soccer Complex is located at 900 Waverley Street.

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