Tuesday, March 6, 2018
A weekend that saw the Providence Pilots futsal teams go unbeaten in four matches propelled both the women’s and men’s teams into the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference play-offs.
Already assured of a spot in the Final Four, which will go March 10 and 11 in Brandon, the Pilots women consolidated second place in the providence with a 3-3 draw over the Brandon University Bobcats and an 8-1 thrashing of the Assiniboine Community College Cougars. Both games were played on Saturday at the Otterburne campus, and graduating senior Julika Phommarath scored a combined eight goals in the two matches.
“This has been a great futsal season for us,” remarked head coach Tory Walker after the double-header. “I am extremely proud to be the coach of this team. These women have put in a tonne of work and have only become better this year.”
The men, meanwhile, needed wins over both the Bobcats and Cougars to secure a play-off position. With their backs against the wall they outscored their Brandon opponents 24-5 on Saturday, beating BU 10-4 and ACC 14-1. Herby Magny bagged a quadruple in the early contest and Jorge Vilchis contributed a hat-trick in the second.
“We came into this final weekend having had a rough go in the futsal season to date according to our standards. It seemed that everything that could have gone wrong went wrong in terms of not being able to finish off games,” analyzed head coach Joey Passi. “Fortunately, we came into the weekend with our destiny in our own hands and the guys came through like they always do when their backs are against the wall. We are finally peaking at the right time and I’m confident in this team.”
Both Providence squads will face Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface in the semi-final round on Saturday with BU and the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers contesting the other semi-finals.