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Brandon Bobcats capture soccer title

28.10.2019 08:27
By: Harry Callaghan

Travis Buick was named tournament MVP


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The top-ranked Bobcats captured their first-ever Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference championship following a 3-2 win over the host Providence Pilots. "We lost a lot of guys from last year and only had one or two starters returning," said coach Jesse Roziere. "I think a lot of guys stepped up and made a big difference on the team." Travis Buick was named tournament MVP. Buick had the game-winning goal in Saturday's semifinal and opened the scoring in the championship game. "I am so proud of everyone," said Buick. "They all did an amazing job. They all put in the effort and grinded all the way through." Buick's marker came eight minutes into the first half, but the Pilots replied at the 12-minute mark. In stoppage time, Kevin Lopez restored BU's lead going into the break. "The goal pumped us up for the second half," said Lopez, who was chosen as the Bobcats' player of the game. "It felt really good to score that goal and we were ready for the second half." Samuel Wetstein scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 89th minute. Providence quickly responded to make it a one-goal game, but the Bobcats hung tough and hoisted the trophy over their heads for the first time. "I got the ball and saw the goalie was a little bit out of his net," said Wetstein. "I took the shot and thought the ball was going over the net until it went in. Everyone went crazy and it was a crazy moment."