ACC women open MCAC season unbeaten

Cougars defeat crosstown rivals and defending champion Bobcats 2-1 on Sunday.

The Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougar women’s soccer team is unbeaten through two games to open the 2018-2019 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference’s regular season schedule.

Both the men’s and women’s teams played a pair of games last weekend, including a Sunday match-up versus their cross-town rivals, the Brandon University Bobcats.

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The Cougar women opened their season with a 3-3 draw versus the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers at Optimist Park on Saturday. Kendra Mansoff gave ACC a one-nil lead early in the game before the visitors collected three straight markers to jump ahead by two. Jerra Green drew the Cougars within one before she headed her second goal of the game off of a Mansoff corner kick with 10 minutes remaining in regulation time.

Camille Plett scored all three goals for the Blazers.

The team continued to roll the following day, defeating the defending champion BU Bobcats women’s team 2-1 at the BU’s home pitch. Bobcat forward Ashley Seeking opened the scoring by notching the first half’s lone goal, but ACC’s Ashley Robinson tied the game in the second half after gaining possession of a corner kick.

Stephanie Jones scored the game winner, while the defensive corp, led by Marley Quesnel, and goaltender Kendall Omeljanow kept BU off the scoreboard through the rest of the game.

The Cougar men did not fair as well as the women after dropping two lopsided contests Saturday and Sunday. CMU’s Paul Odedina and Ryan Jensen scored three goals apiece in the 13-nil drubbing that opened the Cougars’ MCAC season. Yeri Concepcion followed up with two goals for the Blazers.

ACC followed that with a 20-nil annihilation in the claws of the BU Bobcats on Sunday. Eric Correia collected seven goals in the contest, followed by Kevin Lopez with five and Osian Edwards with a pair. Daniel Buitrago, Alex Alvarado, Nolan Melanson, Taylor Blue, Jason Weibe and Cole Goyak rounded out the BU scoring.

BU’s Correia, Lopez and Edwards lead the MCAC scoring race with seven goals each through their three opening games.

Both Cougar squads are back on the pitch this weekend, first hosting the Red River College Rebels at Optimist Park on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. They will travel to Winnipeg to face the Université de Saint Boniface Les Rouge on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the BU men’s and women’s Bobcat squads will face Red River College in Winnipeg on Sunday.

In the MCAC standings, Les Rouges lead the women’s league early in the season with two wins and a draw, followed by the CMU Blazers with a win and two draws. The Bobcats, the Providence University College Pilots and the Cougars sit in third with four points each.

On the men’s side, the Bobcats have three wins to lead the league with nine points, followed by the Pilots with two wins and a loss, and the CMU Blazers at 1-1-1.

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