by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
Back to the Future Futsal IV.
It was from 2012-to-2015 that the Keyano College Huskies kicked off against the Lakeland College Rustlers for Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Futsal Men's supremacy.
The Huskies captured all three banners while playing in the respective gymnasiums of Olds, Keyano and Lakeland.
After a two-year hiatus, the two sides met up once again in the gold medal match...this time at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Keyano are defending title holder looking for their 6th crown since 2010 while the Rustlers have showed the skills for two banners from 2010-2012.
After 50 minutes of play, it was Keyano Huskies with their seventh title behind a convincing 5-0 decision.
Gabriel Koebsch and Eduardo Filho had two goals each and Neto Miguel had one in the victory.
Goalie Julio Meirelles earned the shutout.
"The guys put in a lot of work and it showed," said Huskies' coach Macky Singh. "They put in the hard work and made it count. We have done a lot of high-intensity stuff and a lot of fitness work during our training sessions."
"We are solid offensively and we tend to dominate and score goals and the opposition had to chase us. We also had an awesome goal keeper in Julio Meirelles."
Joining Meirelles on the first team all-star unit was Neto Miguel.
"Being Brazilian he (Miguel) knows how to play the game but most of all he knows how to win. He has the experience and technical skills."
Huskies teammate Eduardo Filho was honoured as ACAC Futsal Championships MVP: "He has great knowledge of the game and technically he is very good and sound. He played with a lot of goal-scoring chances and he's a big influence."
Huskies outscored their opponents 23-7 going undefeated in five games during the three days.
Here is how the two teams advanced to the final
Keyano Huskies men defeated Lakeland College Rustlers 7-3 in their opener Friday .
In their second game of the day it was Keyano College Huskies 4 The Kings University Eagles 1.
Saturday the Huskies only had one game and it was a 7-2 dubbing of the SAIT Trojans.
In the first semi-final match Sunday morning against the host side, the Huskies beat the Lethbridge Kodiaks 8-2.
Lakeland as mentioned prior lost their opener Thursday 7-3 to the Huskies, tied The Kings University Eagles 4-4 in their first match Saturday which preceded a 8-3 victory against SAIT Trojans.
In this morning's semi-final they edged Olds College Broncos 5-4.
Broncos would go on to capture the bronze medal in a high scoring 8-7 game against the host Kodiaks.
Fabian Gromenida had four goals in the win.
The 2018-2019 ACAC Futsal Women's banner would feature the Ambrose University Lions against The Kings University Eagles.
Since entering ACAC women's futsal, the Ambrose University Lions have captured a medal only once and that was in 2014-2015 by beating the Keyano Huskies 3-1 for a bronze.
The bronze medal game match is no stranger for the Lions, they had been in it on four more occasions, settling for fourth place after loses to 2011-2012, Keyano 2-1; 2014-2015, Keyano 3-1; 2015-2016, Lakeland 1-0 and 2016-2017 losing to Lakeland 3-1.
The gold medal though would be new.
Ambrose had qualified for the final with the following wins: 4-3 vs Lethbridge, Friday March 15, 2019; vs. 2-1 vs. Lakeland, Friday March 15, 2019, 5-2 vs University of Alberta Augustana Saturday March 16, 2019 and 3-2 vs Keyano College Sunday March 17, 2019.
Their one loss was a 6-1 decision to SAIT Trojans on Saturday.
The Eagles path was 4-3 vs Medicine Hat Rattlers, 2-4 loss to Keyano, 6-5 vs Olds and 3-2 vs SAIT.
Come game time, Lions coach Paul Barnett said: "We were mentally prepared. We became unified again."
"All of my players were checked in and ready to go and my goalie Janelle Perry was on fire and I knew she would play well. We were definitely in control of the game and we trusted each other. We didn't give Kings any room to do anything and we finished strong and at the end we just had to hold them."
The final 3-1 verdict gave Ambrose its first ever team gold in ACAC competition.
Maria Hernandez and Meg Buchanan scored back-to-back goals within 20 seconds in the first half. Buchanan would add her second goal in the second half.
"It feels incredible. Pretty surreal," admits Barnett.
Lions Bethany Herman was named tournament MVP.
This was the Eagles only third year in ACAC futsal competition.
SAIT would win the bronze medal getting past Keyano College 5-1.