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Trio Of Bonivital Premier Boys Recognized For CMU In All-Conference Team

Daniel McIntyre-Ridd, Yeri Concepcion and Ryan Jensen (left to right) were among eleven Men's Soccer players selected to the 2018 MCAC All-Conference Team, the league announced on Friday in preparation for the their provincial Final Fours coming to the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex on Saturday and Sunday.

All three Blazers have one youth program in common. They are products of Winnipeg's Bonivital Soccer Club. Ryan Jensen, the eldest of the trio, moved to Bonivital at the under-16 level after helping Manitoba to a National Bronze Medal with Winnipeg's Phoenix Soccer Club the previous season. Jensen was honoured as the Bonivital under-16 Boys Player Of The Year after leading the south-Winnipeg program to a fifth-place finish at Youth Nationals and finished his youth career with an eighth-place finish at the Canadian Championships as an under-18.

In his fourth season in the MCAC with CMU, Jensen has worked hard to return his form to the All-Conference level that he showed in his rookie season of 2015. The attacking-midfielder finished third on his team with 5 goals and added another marker in CMU's 3-1 win over Alberta's Ambrose University Lions in his team's September cross-conference friendly against ACAC opponents.

Daniel McIntyre-Ridd made his first trip to Youth Nationals in his final opportunity as part of the Bonivital under-18 boys program in 2016. Also a former Phoenix youth, McInytre-Ridd's Bonivital team defeated his former club in the MSA Cup Final to earn the right to represent his province in Vaughan, Ontario. This year's MCAC All-Conference Selection was the first for the third-year central defender who famously scored on his CMU debut in 2016 – an added-time match-winner in a come from behind win away to Providence, who the Blazers will face in this Saturday's MCAC semifinals at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.

In 2018, McIntyre-Ridd has forced his name onto an MCAC scoresheet on three occasions, equalling his total goal-output from his rookie season. In addition, the Bonivital-product added another key goal outside of MCAC play, in CMU's shocking 2-2 draw in Calgary where the Blazers stayed level over 90 minutes with the ACAC's SAIT Trojans. Entering Alberta's Men's Soccer Championship weekend, SAIT continues to hold onto the title of the top-ranked CCAA team in Canada.

CMU's most recent Bonivital graduate, Yeri Concepcion was part of the well-recognized Bonivital under-17 boys who after winning the 2017 MSA Cup went on to become Youth National Champions in New Brunswick in October. The team would later be recognized as the "Junior Team Of The Year" by Sport Manitoba.

The former Fort Richmond Collegiate student has burst onto the MCAC scene in 2018 by scoring 8 goals in his rookie campaign, a mark that ties Concepcion for fourth-place in goals-scored in the conference and finishes second among rookie goal-scorers behind Brandon's Kevin Lopez's 14 goals that leads the MCAC.

Jensen, McIntyre-Ridd and Concepcion are joined by Red River's Ryan Poirier, USB's Vinessen Vadivelu, Providence's Jay Thiellman and Zach Friesen, and four members of the first-place Brandon Bobcats – Diego Rodriguez, Alex Alvarado, All-Conference Goalkeeper Dan Harrison and MCAC Most Valuable Player, Osian Edwards. No players from Brandon's ACC Cougars received enough votes to receive All-Conference honours. The Bobcats enter the Final Fours as MCAC Men's Soccer's top-ranked team.

CMU (5-2-3) meets the Providence Pilots (6-2-2) in one Men's Semifinal on Saturday at 2:15pm, while the Bobcats (9-1-0) will tackle the defending champions, USB Rouges (4-1-5) in the other Men's Semi. All matches take place at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.









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