UBS Les Rouges are the 2019 Women’s Futsal Champions
The #2 USB Les Rouges defeat the #1 CMU Blazers 3-1 in the women’s futsal championship Sunday afternoon. / Game recap by Nicolas Bueno/MCAC
After last year’s result, it’s understandable to see why Les Rouges would be eager to see the Blazers in the final again.
“We watched their semi-final,” said Les Rouges head coach Justin Légaré about their plans for the final. “Our game is a very structured game and it’s very collective…that was our game plan, move the ball quick, get up field and get a high scoring rate.”
Sunday afternoon’s title game at Red River College saw Les Rouges de Université de St. Boniface defeat the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 3-1 to give Les Rouges their first women’s futsal championship.
This year was a much different story from last year where roles were reversed and the Blazers defeated Les Rouges 5-2 to capture their first futsal title.
The game started out slow, with USB limiting CMU to only three shots on goal in the first half. Eight minutes into the game, Les Rouges forward Annick Riet got in great position in front of the net and put the game’s first goal past Blazers’ keeper Lydia Balsille.
Les Rouges kept true to their game plan, dominating possession in both halves. Les Rouges were methodical in their build up, looking for the best possible chances.
What was most impressive for Les Rouges, however, was the play of their goalkeeper, and Finals MVP, Daneige Edey.
“(Edey) played incredible,” Légaré said of his keeper’s performance. “She has been working really hard, even without the team. She did some extra work and it’s paid off. She showed some really brave saves today. Stopping Camille (Plett) is not easy, one of the most dominant players we’ve seen in the MCAC, and she did a great job.”
Edey made a fantastic save near the end of the first half to keep CMU scoreless. It wasn’t until 10 minutes left in the game that Plett put CMU on the scoreboard after finishing a beautiful give-and-go with All-Conference teammate Marijka Yaschysyn.
“I feel really proud about my performance today,” Edey said. “I had a really good game, and I got those touches on the ball that needed to happen. I did concede one goal…and I’m ok with that. It’s the right attitude you have to have when that happens, and I’m thankful for that.”
With CMU struggling to generate any form of consistent offense in the second half, USB capitalized. Annick Riet scored her second goal of the match, this time off a corner kick.
After CMU scored in the second half to make it 2-1 for USB, Les Rouges answered again. Mylène Chabot connected with a Katie Moniot kick-in to get the game’s last goal.
The Blazers fought hard until the final whistle, getting one incredible scoring chance before the end of the game. Marijka Yaschyshyn saw her effort get past Edey, but it rattled against the inside of the upright and bounced out.
The Brandon Bobcats are the 2019 Men’s Futsal Champions
The #1 BU Bobcats defeat the #2 CMU Blazers 2-0 in the men’s futsal championship Sunday afternoon. / Game recap by Nicolas Bueno/MCAC
Revenge is a dish served best indoors.
The 2018 outdoor soccer season had a bitter ending for the Brandon Bobcats, falling 1-0 to the CMU Blazers in the final.
The indoor season, however, would not end in the same way.
The Bobcats capped off an undefeated season Sunday afternoon, beating the Blazers 2-0 at Red River College for their first MCAC futsal title.
“I think it’s more than just the season, to be fair,” said Bobcats head coach Jesse Roziere “In the last couple of years, these guys made a lot of changes in what they do off the field so they see improvements on the field and I think that’s been shown three finals in a row now.”
The three finals he is referring to include last year’s futsal finals, the 2018 outdoor season, and the victories 2019 futsal title.
“We know they have very good players, good team and good coaches,” Roziere continued. “In the outdoor season they surprised us with how they completely sat back.”
The first half was played to a tight 0-0 draw. And the second half was dominated by Bobcats’ goalkeeper Dan Harrison, who pulled off several mind-bending saves on route to being named Finals MVP.
“He was Dan. Not much else to say,” laughed Roziere. “This was his first season where he wasn’t all-conference so maybe he had a big chip on his shoulder.”
“I feel like we all deserve it to be honest,” Harrison said about receiving MVP honours. “I feel great. Most of (the game) is a blur, it feels great. My hands are sore, so I must’ve saved some shots.”
The Bobcats finally broke the deadlock with a penalty in the second half. The Blazers’ Will Anderson pushed down Kevin Lopez in the penalty area, and Diego Rodriguez buried the spot kick to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
“Their counter attack is lethal, and their set plays, corners, inbounds are very lethal as well,” Harrison said about the challenges CMU posed. “They’ve proven that all year and those were the main concerns for us.”
The second half heated up quickly, with Blazers’ forward Matheus Moreno skipping through the entire Bobcats’ defense, only to see his effort go off the crossbar.
CMU missed another golden opportunity, with Paul Odedina’s backheel finding a wide-open Will Anderson. Anderson’s effort went just wide.
After Rodriguez’s penalty, the Blazers continued to push up and attack and frequently pulled goalkeeper Robbie Friesen to add a second attacker.
The nail in the coffin was scored by Kevin Lopez with just one-minute left.
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