At the 2014 MCAC Copa de la Plaz Futsal Tournament, the Red River College Women’s Futsal team came incredibly close to winning a championship title, only to fall heart-breaking short. After a 5-1-1 record and a first place finish, the Rebels easily dispatched St.Boniface in their semi-final match 8-1 on Saturday afternoon. Next up was the third ranked Providence Pilots, with a 4-1-3 record. At Canadian Mennonite University, on a frigid Sunday afternoon, both teams electrified their fans with a thrilling championship game. The Rebels opened up with a quick 2-0 lead on a pair of goals scored by Katrina Clark. The Pilots stormed back with 3 unanswered goals of their own, sending the Rebels reeling. With no-time remaining on the clock in the first half, the Rebels were awarded a penalty shot, and Lisa Hayes took advantage, with a beautiful top corner kick to tie the game at 3-3 at the half.
In the second half the Rebels felt the effects of a short bench, slowing down their play and giving up 2 goals to the Pilots. The women’s team gave a valiant effort, with Clark scoring her third goal of the game, a hat-trick, late in the second half to make the game 5-4, but it was not enough in the end, and the Pilots were made MCAC Futsal Champions.
“I’m very proud of the players, particularly how they came together as a group and supported each other so well as the season progressed said Coach Doug Lawrie. In practices we focused on fitness, defensive systems and shooting. They are a very hard working team who never quit on defense. Offensively we had a very well balanced attack. On a roster of nine regular players everyone but the Goalkeeper scored during conference play, including four players who scored hat-tricks. Notably Chelsea Laham scored three hat-tricks and tallied 16 total goals in 10 conference games. Our season totals were 49 goals-for, and only 28 goals-against. Brittany Postnikoff was tremendous in goal for us and we were well lead by Co-Captains Katrina Clark and Leah Single. While the loss in the final was a disappointment for the team, overall they can look back on a very successful season, in terms of game results, friendships and personal growth. This is the essence of college varsity athletics.
The Soccer and Futsal teams will lose to graduation very valued team members Leah Single, Jude Aronovitch, Rae-Lyn Dyck, and Brittany Postnikoff. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors. Looking to the future, many new and exciting players are already expressing interest in our program for next season and we look forward to building another competitive team.”