VICTORIA – Ian Greedy struck in dramatic fashion, scoring in the final minute of extra time to lift the Cape Breton Capers, the 2011 AUS regular season champion, to a 2-1 win over the OUA champion McMaster Marauders in the third quarter-final of the 2011 CIS men’s soccer national championship at Centennial Stadium in Victoria on Thursday evening.
The Capers will face the winner of the UVic-Montreal quarter-final currently underway in tomorrow’s second semifinal at 7 p.m., while the Marauders will face the loser in the consolation semifinal at 1:30 p.m.
Saint Mary’s and Alberta face off in the other Friday semifinal (4:30 p.m. PST).
The win guarantees Cape Breton its best-ever finish. They finished in sixth in 2009 after a 3-2 loss to the Victoria Vikes in the fifth-place game.
Greedy’s game-winner was a low driving blast off a corner kick from Jason Massie of Rainhill, England in the final minute of extra time.
“I am really excited right now to score the game winning goal in overtime,” Greedy of Lower Sackville, N.S., said. “Everyone jumped on me so, it was really exciting.”
McMaster scored early in the second half to take the first lead of the game on a goal from senior fullback-midfield combo player Anthony Costa of Stoney Creek, Ont., in the 48th minute. Costa’s blast curled past Capers goalkeeper Andrew Murphy of Liverpool, England.
The Capers poured on the pressure and dominated possession for the next 30 minutes. Bean just missed the net on a header and then three minutes later Damion Vassell of Hamilton, Ont., was robbed by Grant. Greedy was stopped on two chances in the next five minutes by Grant who did his best to keep his team ahead.
However, Cape Breton’s pressure eventually paid off when Keishen Bean, a fourth-year forward from Sandys, Bermuda, scored off a pass from Greedy. Bean got in tight on McMaster goalkeeper Matt hew Grant of Brampton, Ont., placing the ball low into the corner.
The score remained time despite a few great chances at either end. First, McMaster’s Daniel Niksic of Stoney Creek, Ont., saw back-to-back opportunities curl wide and then get stopped by Murphy. Then, it was Cape Breton’s turn as Greedy’s shot hit the crossbar and the rebound to Andrew Rigby of Wollaton, England, sailed high.
But Greedy got another shot in the dying seconds of extra time and made it count. He said the team is excited about the opportunity to advance to the final.
“We know we have to get a good rest tonight, do our ice baths, wake up early and work hard tomorrow.”
1 2 ET F
MAC 0 1 0 – 1
CBU 0 1 1 – 2
1. MAC Anthony Costa (48th minute), assisted Daniel Niksic
2. CBU Keishen Bean (76th minute), assisted by Ian Greedy
3. CBU Ian Greedy (119th minute), assisted by Jason Massie (corner)
MAC: Matt Grant (L, 11 saves, 2 GA, 120:00, 0-1)
CBU: Andrew Murphy (W, 5 saves, 1 GA, 120:00, 1-0)
Shots: MAC 16, CBU 39
Shots on net: MAC 6, CBU 13
Corners: MAC 3, CBU 7
Offsides: MAC 0, CBU 1
Fouls: MAC 10, CBU 10
Yellow cards: none
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
MAC: #13 Anthony Costa – Gatorade Player of the Game
CBU: #20 Sandro Rajkovic – Team Sales Player of the Game
SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times local: PACIFIC TIME)
Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/msoc/index
Thursday, Nov. 10
11:00 Quarter-final 1: Saint Mary’s 2 McGill 1
13:30 Quarter-final 2: Alberta 2 Toronto 1
16:30 Quarter-final 3: Cape Breton 2 McMaster 1 (ET)
19:00 Quarter-final 4: Montreal vs. Victoria (SSN Canada webcast)
Friday, Nov. 11
11:00 Consolation 1: McGill vs. Toronto (SSN Canada webcast)
13:30 Consolation 2: McMaster vs. Victoria-Montreal loser (SSN Canada webcast)
16:30 Semifinal 1: Saint Mary’s vs. Alberta (SSN Canada webcast)
19:00 Semifinal 2: Cape Breton vs. Victoria-Montreal winner (SSN Canada webcast)
Saturday, Nov. 12
14:30 5th-place game (SSNCanada webcast)
Sunday, Nov. 13
11:30 Bronze medal (SSN Canada webcast)
14:00 Championship final (SSN Canadawebcast)
NOTE 1: SHAW TV will broadcast the final on tape delay in the Greater Victoria market.
NOTE 2: Live stats available for all games through championship website.