Massive Win Pushes Women's Soccer Into Playoff Picture
Mackenzie Friesen's goal in the 82nd minute on Sunday afternoon's away match against the Assiniboine Cougars was a much needed boost to a Women's Soccer team that managed only a single point through the first-half of the 2014 MCAC season. Now sitting on four points, the Blazers find themselves atop the Cougars and grabbing at the tail of the third-place Brandon Bobcats who sit only one point above CMU in the standings.
"We've had to work hard to figure out how to play together," said first-year head coach Deanna Zantingh, "It was exciting to finally see our hard work translate into a win on Sunday. Everyone on the team felt the excitement and adrenaline and its a boost of confidence to feel as though we've found our stride."
In their previous meeting with the Bobcats on September 20th at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex, CMU held the majority of possession and chances but were unable to find their finish in front of goal. As the teams opened the second half, speedy BU forward Bailee Ploshynsky broke the Blazers confidence and opened the floodgates for three goals in the second 45 minutes and an eventual 3-0 Bobcat win.
"We're going hard in training this week working on all aspects of our game," said Zantingh, "The team definitely has what it takes to put together back to back wins. We'll take confidence out of the three points we earned last weekend and expect a great result on Saturday."
CMU takes on the Bobcats in Brandon at Vincent Massey High School at 2pm. The Blazer men will follow with kickoff scheduled for 4pm and will play their final home game on Sunday afternoon at 2pm at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex against the first-place University of St-Boniface Rouges.