This past weekend, Providence University College hosted the 2nd annual Futsal Championships between schools from the MCAC. Futsal has been run as a club sport in the MCAC over the last 2 years and is gaining a lot of interest from both players and spectators. The Providence gym was full Friday night and all day Saturday as the 8 teams put on a great show.
The semi-finals are based on aggregate scoring over 2 games between each team. On the men side, the CMU Blazers came in to the playoffs as the #1 seed and played the #4 seed Providence. #2 St. Boniface and #3 Red River squared off in the other semi-final. St. Boniface captured the top ranking heading into the playoffs and they faced #4 seed CMU. Red River took second place and faced off against the third seed Providence in the other semi.
The semi-finals took place on Friday night and Saturday morning. The men from CMU showed off why they were the top ranked team as their ball movement and play making was just too much for the Providence team. CMU won both games and advanced to the Championship game Saturday afternoon. In the second semi-final, St. Boniface proved to be the better team on this weekend as they also won both games in convincing fashion against Red River. This solidified their place in the Championship game against CMU.
In the final, CMU found themselves down early against a strong attack from St. Boniface. The top seeded Blazers crept back in the match and pulled within 1 goal on two separate occasions but couldn’t catch the red hot St. Boniface team. For the second year in a row, St. Boniface held on and won the Championship game by a final score of 7-5.
In the women’s semi-final, the Providence team came out with a lot of energy and played the higher ranked Red River squad very well. Winning most of the tight battles, the host team kept the crowd energized and came out with the upset on Friday night. On Saturday, it was more of the same as Providence booked their spot in the final, upsetting the second ranked Red River crew. In the other semi-final, St. Boniface eased into the final, taking care of the CMU women in both games.
In the final, Providence had the advantage of a lively crowd behind them. From the start of the match, it was a close battle but Providence held a 3-1 lead going into half time. Great defense and timely goals helped Providence to their second straight upset, this time over the top seeded St. Boniface team. The final score was 5-3 for the team in blue.