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    RECAP:2015 MCAC Soccer Semifinals


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    Brandon University defeats Canadian Mennonite University 2 - 1"One of the best games - if not the best - we've played all season" said Jessica Slimmon on the Bobcats' semifinal victory. On a day that featured scores befitting a hockey tournament, Brandon's win over the CMU Blazers was the most traditional game of soccer seen on the pitch all day.
    Brandon controlled CMU's side of the field for most of the first half and quickly retrieved and sent back anything that came their way. With as many shots and offensive pressure they created, it's no wonder Jaycee Castle was able to score twice. If not for CMU's keeper, Tegan Willick, the margin could have been far bigger. The second half was much of the same but the overall ball control that both teams showed was a clear showing of why they are playing in the semifinals. Brandon looks to do the unthinkable tomorrow - give Red River College their first loss of the entire season.

    Brandon controlled CMU's side of the field for most of the first half and quickly retrieved and sent back anything that came their way. With as many shots and offensive pressure they created, it's no wonder Jaycee Castle was able to score twice. If not for CMU's keeper, Tegan Willick, the margin could have been far bigger. The second half was much of the same but the overall ball control that both teams showed was a clear showing of why they are playing in the semifinals. Brandon looks to do the unthinkable tomorrow - give Red River College their first loss of the entire season.
    Brandon controlled CMU's side of the field for most of the first half and quickly retrieved and sent back anything that came their way. With as many shots and offensive pressure they created, it's no wonder Jaycee Castle was able to score twice. If not for CMU's keeper, Tegan Willick, the margin could have been far bigger. The second half was much of the same but the overall ball control that both teams showed was a clear showing of why they are playing in the semifinals. Brandon looks to do the unthinkable tomorrow - give Red River College their first loss of the entire season.

    Red River College defeats Providence University College 4 - 0
    Providence had it in tough today playing a team who has not lost yet. The low autumn sun and weather had just about everyone at the pitch looking cold, the temperature well below 10 degrees Celsius for both Women's games. women looked much colder than the men would in the hours following.
    RRC's Jessica Lister showed her true form as the 2015 season's leading scorer chasing down balls and registering legitimate scoring chances from balls being sent up from her midfield.
    The Pilots were outplayed for a great deal of the second half. By the time Kaelyn Vincent scored the third goal of the game from nearly 10 ft. outside the box, it was hard to remember Kelsie Paul had notched one from 5ft. outside of it shortly before. But give full credit to the Pilots; they kept a very strong attack at bay for a good part of the game. Rebecca Fentum-Jones and Jessica Caul were both very effective in their play for the Pilots' last game of he season.


    Men's

    Universite de Saint-Boniface defeats Providence University College 7 - 2
    Les Rouges never cease to entertain on the field for many reasons, but their loud and skilled play clearly dictated the game from the get go. Several cautions and a red were dealt in the game, but their scoring touch didn't suffer. The feeling on the ball that USB's Sifeddine Dhaoui shows is remarkable. His style is noticeable and overall control is far beyond most players he shares the pitch with. Conference MVP, Mitchell Martens, was neutralized until the latter part of the match when he had some very great chances, including an excellent free kick from well outside the box that tested USB keeper Mahamadou Koroboa Fofana. Fofana played very well and is the type of keeper you don't want to get too close to. 





    Canadian Mennonite University defeats Brandon University 4-3.
    What. A. Good. Game.
    Brandon was missing All-Conference midfielder selection Taylor Blue but they didn't let it act as an excuse. You could tell they thought they could win from the very start of the game and despite fighting from behind for most of the match, BU's Osian Edwards showed why he too was an All-Conference selection and kept the Blazer defence honest. That dude is fast, simple as that. But Andrew Letkemen, Ryan Jensen, Ben Klassen and Simon Dueck showed why CMU is ranked first and playing in the final. The Blazers are the most balanced, systematically sound team in the conference. Saint-Boniface is art and the Blazers are science. It will be a fascinating display to see which style wins tomorrow.

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    Item Reviewed: RECAP:2015 MCAC Soccer Semifinals Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kelly McGuinness
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