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Brandon Bobcats Hand Blazers A Home Opening Defeat

Three second half goals by the Brandon Bobcats had the Blazers on the losing end of a 4-0 scoreline in their 2015 MCAC Home Opener today at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex.

The chances and possession was quite even through the first 45 minutes as the young but talented Blazers showed themselves to be a much improved attacking team. Folio Player of the Game selection, Esther Schwarzkopf shone in her first taste of MCAC action, helping her team get behind the Bobcats back line but unable to solve goalkeeper Natasha Rupa.

Jessica Slimmon put the Bobcats ahead in the 34th minute as she was able to find a loose ball in a scramble that ensued from a Brandon cross and deposit the go-ahead goal past Tegan Willick.

Janelle Wride entered as a substitute at halftime and was a presence for CMU from midfield. The second-year Blazer was involved in a good passing combination early in the second-half that nearly drew the game level.

Chelsea Mckay's goal shortly after, put the Bobcats ahead by two and ensured the three points would be collected by the away team.

Perhaps the brightest light for the Blazers came from the solid passing and combination play in midfield. Anna Lysack, Naomi Klassen and in the first half, Cheryl Malamion did a excellent job of moving the ball and linking possession between the defenders and forward line.

The Blazers travel to Brandon tomorrow morning for a noon kickoff with the ACC Cougars at CFB Shilo. The visitors will be looking to draw on their 2014 success at Shilo, when CMU took a 1-0 win on the final regular season day to steal the final playoff spot away from the Cougars.

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