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Medicine Hat - Lakeland Rustlers defended their ACAC men's futsal championship banner Sunday with a 4-1 win over the Mount Royal Cougars.

 

Courtesy of ACAC.
Written by Curtis J. Philips

Cougars retain their silver medal performance from last year.

“The league is much more competitive and tougher to win a second time around,” said Rustlers head coach Kevin Wagner. “Our training had to be revamped and we prepared better for our opposition. I am satisfied by the quality of play in the league.

“I have said before that anyone of the four teams could have won. The winning factor for us was that we had a team that may have been more committed and bit more wanting the next medal more than the opposition. We were more focused on and off the field.”

Keyano Huskies won the bronze 3-2 shoot out against Olds Broncos.

Last year's bronze medalists the Medicine Hat Rattlers placed fourth.

"I’m happy with our performance down there, the whole tournament was pretty tight,” said men’s coach Jonathan Soper in an interview with the Fort McMurray TODAY.

“Anyone could’ve won the gold in my opinion. In the last game we scored with a minute left in the game to tie it and we get the bronze, another tight game.”

The Cougars women beat the host Rattlers 2-0 for gold in 2012. Last year they had won silver with the Rattlers winning gold.

Huskies repeated a bronze medal champs with a 2-1 shootout win against Ambrose Lions.

“At the end of the day, we need more bodies and a little bit more experience,” said Huskies women’s coach Ian Diaz. “I think we could’ve done better if we had a few more girls.”