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Providence Outplays, CMU Outlasts

Lady Freemen dominate possession but fall 3-2 to CMU in MCAC finals

Allison Dueck

Sunday afternoon’s showdown featured a match-up between the Providence Lady Freemen and Canadian Mennonite University Blazers. The Lady Freemen came into the game the favourites after taking 3 of 4 match-ups in the regular season, but it was CMU who was able to overcome the odds and take home the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Championship banner.

The championship featured Providence as the controlling team and CMU as the opportunistic team, and also played host to two rare MCAC penalty shots.

Providence started the game out strong and earned the majority of scoring chances early on. After hitting the crossbar on their first two shots on goal, midfielder Amanda Franz made the most of the team’s third chance and put one by the CMU keeper late in the first half. Providence then continued to pressure the Blazers defense, but remained unable to finish again and the half ended with the Lady Freemen up 1-0.

Providence kept their possession game strong into the second half, but it was CMU who was able to strike first as they chipped a goal over freshman keeper Alyssa Coutts to tie the game at one. CMU then continued their opportunistic play as they converted a free kick from just outside the penalty area to take the lead 2-1.

The game then saw a highly controversial call as a penalty shot was awarded to CMU on a play where the Providence defender and Blazers forward fought for the ball while both remained on their feet and mobile. CMU then once again made it count when they needed and put away the penalty shot to go up by two.

However, later on in the half the Lady Freemen were awarded a penalty shot of their own, and freshman Melanie Warkentine put it away to bring Providence within one. The Lady Freemen then continued to apply pressure and create opportunities, but were unable to find the finishing touch and the score finished at 3-2 in CMU’s favor.

After outshooting CMU 14 to 5, and creating many opportunities for themselves, Freemen head coach Emily Janke was happy with her team’s performance and felt her girls gave a title deserving performance.

“I'm very proud of the way the girls played today,” Coach Janke said. “They created so many chances for themselves and out played CMU the entire game. They just couldn't catch a break the entire game. I don't think the final 3-2 result of the game reflects the game at all because Providence really was the better team on the field.”

The player of the game award was handed out to freshman defender Gena Giesbrecht after playing a phenomenal defensive game.

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