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Men’s Soccer Makes It Four Without A Loss Against Alberta

CMU scored back to back 1-1 results this weekend to remain undefeated in four against Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference (ACAC) opponents dating back to last season when the Blazers took a win and a tie from their cross-conference friendlies.

After a 3-1 win over the Ambrose Lions and a 2-2 draw against the SAIT Trojans in 2018, rookie winger Jonathan Monsevula played the hero this weekend scoring CMU's goal in each game; Saturday versus the Medicine Hat Rattlers and Sunday when the Blazers visited the Lethbridge Kodiaks.

Monsevula's 76th-minute marker brought the Blazers back into the match after Medicine Hat grabbed a 1-0 on 22 minutes off the boot of Adou Raouf Mohamed. In the early minutes, Matheus Moreno came close to putting CMU ahead but his first-time volley from edge of the six-yard line soared inches over the Rattlers' goal.

Trailing by one at halftime, substitute Caleb Jutzi was determined to put his mark on the match. The powerful second-year striker recorded 3 shots, one clashing off the post before Monsevula received a pass from Joel Kisabo and converted an equalizer to level the match 1-1.

On Sunday, Monsevula opened the scoring for CMU just minutes before the halftime whistle as the Blazers looked more dominant on both ends of the pitch against the Kodiaks in Lethbridge. Victor Hugo dragged two Lethbridge defenders and lofted a high pass to an on-rushing Monsevula who tallied his second of the weekend. Without the services of center-half Justin Jutzi, who was sidelined in Saturday's match, the combination of Kieran Baydock and Daniel McIntyre-Ridd locked down the Kodiaks passing game, holding the hosts to a mere 2 shots on target, not including Owen Beers penalty kick that drew the match level in the second half.

"I was really pleased with the versatility we showed, especially on Sunday," said head coach Anderson Pereira. "The attitude was right as players adjusted to being moved to new positions mid-match and did well enough at them to eliminate nearly every chance they (Lethbridge) had going forward."

After improving their CCAA record to 1-3-0, CMU returns to MCAC action next weekend for a series of challenges, beginning next Saturday when the Blazers (0-0-1) visit the USB Rouges (2-0-1) who currently sit on top of the table. USB's only loss came on Saturday when they fell 4-2 to 2018 regular season champions, Brandon Bobcats. The Blazers host the Bobcats next Sunday with a 1:00pm kickoff at the Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex. 

 

 

 

 

 

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