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Plett Powers Women’s Soccer Into First Place In The MCAC Standings

Women's Soccer picked up six more points from matches this weekend, at home to ACC on Friday night and away to Providence on Sunday afternoon, to leap-frog the idle Brandon Bobcats and claim top spot in the MCAC as the teams enter Week 3.

Central to the Blazers success was the offensive output of Manitoba Bisons transfer, Camille Plett who pounded in five goals and was directly involved in the creation of the four others in a 7-0 and 2-0 win.

"She has already made a big impact to our program by bringing her attacking force to our midfield," said co-coach Cara Isaak. Plett has become a big part of CMU's midfield trio along with 2015 MCAC All-Conference selections Esther Schwarzkopf and Naomi Klassen who are now in their third seasons with the Blazers. "Camille opens up alot of space for the players around her because the other team needs to be mindful of her at all times. She can create chances from distance or drive to the net with alot of speed," added co-coach Lianna Bestvater.

Plett scored in each half against Providence to help CMU avenge their away loss at Providence last year to start the season. On seven points after three matches, the Blazers are just two points shy of their season points total of 2016 with seven regular season matches still to play.

While Plett has been filling the opposition goal on one end of the pitch, second-year goalkeeper Lydia Balsillie has had an equally impressive start to the 2017 campaign, keeping goals out on the other end. Balsillie has recorded 270 minutes of clean sheet soccer to start the season combining her two shutouts this weekend with CMU's 0-0 draw against the Red River Rebels in Week 1.

CMU travels to Thunder Bay for non-conference friendlies this weekend against the Thunder Bay Chill Reserves on Saturday and Sunday and return to MCAC action on September 30 and October 1 for a big test in Brandon against the Bobcats and a return contest with the ACC Cougars.

photo credit: Kevin Friesen


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