The Brandon University Bobcats Women’s Soccer team had an impressive 2017-2018 season, which culminated in a second consecutive win of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) trophy. The win in the 2016-2017 season had been Brandon’s first since joining the MCAC bracket.
The women played the championship deciding game on October 29th , which means we at The Quill are a touch late in our congratulations to our sports stars. The match took place in Winnipeg against the University de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges. The ladies were in fine fighting shape, and were 100% in it to win.
The game remained scoreless at half time, leading the Bobcats to play all the more fiercely in the second half. It paid off for the ladies, and they blanked the Les Rouges 2-0. It is doubly impressive that the game was played through rain, sleet, and eventually snow throughout.
First year Faythe Miller scored the first goal in the 78th minute, which playoff MVP Jade Barreault credits as the moment that really got the ball rolling. Fellow first year Hasana Church scored BU’s second goal, securing the win. Goaltender Sydney Carter-Squire kept the net secure throughout, a commendable feat.
If the win wasn’t good enough, BU Bobcat Chelsea Plett was named the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for her determined efforts in the semi-final match against the Providence University College Pilots. Plett, a second year defender hailing from Neepawa, MB, was instrumental in BU’s win on Saturday, October 28th. In spite of facing injuries this season, Plett and the rest of the Bobcats defense core prevented the Pilots from scoring more than one goal in the semi-final, and blocking the Les Rouges offense entirely in the final match.
The coach of the women’s soccer team, Rainer Schira, said in a press release that Plett consistently gives her best effort and delivers amazing results. He also said she is a humble player, crediting her success to teamwork.
“Chelsea has battled through injuries this season and her commitment to finding a way back to health and back to the field has inspired her teammates. Her determination makes those around her want to be better people,” Schira praised Plett in the same press release.
Plett and the rest of her Bobcats teammates were honoured for their victory at half-time at the Friday, November 3rd Bobcats basketball game.
The Quill congratulates all of the ladies on the Bobcats women’s soccer team, and wishes them luck next season. We know you’ll do your best to bring home the trophy for a third year!