VICTORIA – A spectacular two-way effort from UVic Vikes rookie midfiedler Cam Hundal, of Surrey, B.C., lifted the Vikes 3-2 over the Cape Breton Capers in semifinal action at Centennial Stadium on Friday night. The win puts the Vikes into their seventh CIS gold-medal final game and the tournament hosts will vie for their fifth gold medal against the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. PST.
Saint Mary’s, the AUS champion, advanced to their fifth final in team history with a 2-0 win over Alberta in extra time.
The Huskies are seeking their first national title in five tries – they’ve been the runner-up four times, including their most recent trip to the championship finale in 2003 – while UVic is looking for its fifth national title in seven tries. They previously won in 2004, 1996, 1987 and 1975.
UVic will also try to become the first national champion to win on home soil since UBC accomplished the feat in 2007. The Vikes have won once while being the host in 1975. In all, 11 of the 41 previous championship hosts have won the Sam Davidson memorial trophy at home.
“It felt great to get the game winner,” Gorman said. “I think there was a lot of time left, about 12 minutes, but there is nothing better than scoring the game winning goal.”
Gorman was quite complimentary to fellow first-year Hundal.
“He’s been doing what he’s been doing all season,” Gorman said. “He’s so good at getting it down the line, and we’ve had this connection all the time where he just sends it down the line and I’m just running as hard as I can to get on the end of it. “
Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson, in his 24th year with the program, had great praise for Hundal.
“In the end I thought Cam Hundal was definitely the difference in the game. He ran by people, set up Gorman and when Gorman gets a chance, he doesn’t miss,” said Wilson, a former World Cup captain for Canada in 1986 and teammate of Pele in the professional league in New York City. “I am going to coach for another four years just to see out Cam’s five years.”
Wilson said the Gorman-Hundal combination is extremely effective.
“They are great players,” he said. “They are young and we had a full roster so they only played half of the time, but I know what thing about Gorman: when Cam gets the ball, Gorman gets in front of the goal and he doesn’t miss.”
Hundal was heroic in the primetime semifinal. He had a touch on each UVic goal, sparking Peter Richmond’s tap-in four minutes into the game. Hundal notched the Vikes’ second goal in the 21st minute, following a solo 40-yard effort and set up the game-winning goal with another individual effort for Craig Gorman of Victoria to blast past Capers keeper Andrew Murphy of Liverpool, England.
Not to be out-done, the Capers would battle back to tie the game with a first half penalty kick, struck well by Silvano Rajkovic of Hamilton, Ont., and a low drive by Ian Greedy of Lower Sackville, N.S., in the second half.
The Capers will face the Alberta Golden Bears for the national bronze medal on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PST.
UVic wasted no time to get on the board as Hundal, the 2011 Canada West rookie of the year, danced his way down the right side of the pitch, servicing a great low cross. That ball was redirected first by Corey Sanford of Campbell River, B.C., and then again by Richmond to lift a Vikes 1-0 lead on the Capers in only the fourth minute of play.
Hundal secured a two-goal lead in the 21st minute after out-running two Capers defenders on a 40-yard run down the right side of the pitch. The speedy striker sensation had no troubles beating goalkeeper Andrew Murphy of Liverpool, England.
In the 23rd minute, Capers forward and Bermuda native Shayne Hollis proved too much to handle as he was tripped up in the Vikes’ box allowing senior Rajkovic to bring the game within one on a successful kick from the penalty spot.
Throughout the first half, Hundal continued to be on the end of every Vikes ball, consistently stirring up trouble in Cape Breton territory. It seemed as if every ball was intended for his foot, regardless of which side of the pitch it was on.
In the 42nd minute, Hollis had an opportunity to equalize from well outside the 18-yard-box but UVic goalkeeper Daniel Kilpatrick of Victoria watched that ball curl just wide of the net. Two minutes later, Rajkovic found Greedy wide open at the top of the box but, again, his shot was drilled wide.
The host Vikes led 2-1 at the halftime break despite being outshot 10-4 by the Capers.
Opening the second half, Hundal was again a handful for the Capers backline, sprinting down the right side, beating Gregg Whiting of Farnsfield, England, to curl a ball high and just across the goalmouth.
In the 47th minute, Greedy tied the game with his equalizer, a low ball from the top of the 18-yard-box that slipped under the diving Kilpatrick.
Both teams traded numerous opportunities providing a very entertaining game for the crowd of over 1,500. Cape Breton’s lethal combination of Keishen Bean of Sandys, Bermuda, Hollis and Greedy seemed close to narrowing in on a go-ahead goal.
But in the 78th minute, the Vikes scored the game winner on a great one-time finish from Gorman. The credit again went to Hundal as his right-side rush through, past and around three Capers’ defenders led to the perfect cross that found Gorman’s left foot.
In the final minute of play, Vikes goalkeeper Kilpatrick would stymie three back-to-back chances with one diving save to secure the Vikes’ win that sends them seeking their seventh CIS championship medal
“We are really excited (to play Saint Mary’s),” he said. “We know they are good team but we like our chances. We’ve taken all the challenges so far so, there’s just one more to go and we are really excited for it.”
UVIC 2-1: 3
CBU 1-1: 2
1. UVIC Peter Richmond (1) (Corey Sanford), 4th
2. UVIC Cam Hundal (1) (unassisted), 21st
3. CBU Silvano Rajkovic (K) (1), 24th minute
4. CBU Ian Greedy (2) (Andrew Rigby), 47th minute
5. UVIC Craig Gorman (1) (Cam Hundal), 78th minute
UVIC: Daniel Kilpatrick (W, 2 GA, 5 saves, 90:00, 1-0)
CBU: Andrew Murphy (L, 3 GA, 3 saves, 90:00, 1-1)
Shots: UVIC 14, CBU 20
Shots on net: UVIC 6, CBU 7
Corners: UVIC 7, CBU 6
Offsides: UVIC 1, CBU 0
Fouls: UVIC 6, CBU 17
Yellow cards: CBU Gregg Whiting (90th)
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
UVIC: David Adams – Team Sales Player of the Game
CBU: Andrew Rigby – Gatorade 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: Victoria 3 Montreal 2 (4-2 K)
Friday, Nov. 11
11:00 Consolation 1: McGill 1 Toronto 0
13:30 Consolation 2: McMaster 2 Montreal 1 (5-4 K)
16:30 Semifinal 1: Saint Mary’s 2 Alberta 0 (ET)
19:00 Semifinal 2: Victoria 3 Cape Breton 2
Saturday, Nov. 12
14:30 5th-place game: McGill vs McMaster (SSN Canada webcast)
Sunday, Nov. 13
11:30 Bronze medal: Alberta vs. Cape Breton (SSN Canada webcast)
14:00 Championship final: Saint Mary’s vs. UVic (SSN Canada webcast)
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.