OTTAWA (CIS) – The schedule and opening-round matchupswere announced Sunday evening for the 44th CIS men’s soccerchampionship which gets under way Thursday in Fredericton.
The eight-team tournament, hosted by the University of NewBrunswick for the first time since 1980, will culminate next Sundaywith the national final at 2 p.m. Atlantic Time. All 11 games fromthe event will be webcast live on www.CIS-SIC.tv.
The reigning champion UBC Thunderbirds will be at thecompetition to defend their title. The T-Birds, who a year agocaptured their record 12th Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy thanks to a1-0 gold-medal win over Cape Breton in Quebec City, dominated theSaskatchewan Huskies 6-1 earlier today in the Canada Westfinal.
UBC and conference runner-up Saskatchewan will be joined at thisweek’s tourney by the host UNB Varsity Reds (AUS champions),as well as the Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ champs), York Lions (OUAchamps), Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS finalists), MontrealCarabins (RSEQ finalists) and Ryerson Rams (OUA finalists).
Thursday’s quarter-finals at BMO Centre include York vs.Saint Mary’s at 11 a.m. AT, UBC vs. Montreal at 1:30 p.m.,Laval vs. Ryerson at 4 p.m., and UNB vs. Saskatchewan at 6:30 p.m.,following the opening ceremonies.
In addition to the Thunderbirds, the Lions (3), V-Reds (1) andRouge et Or (1) have claimed the Davidson Trophy in the past.UNB’s lone triumph came on home turf 33 years ago.
NOTES: A complete championship preview will follow on Tuesday…The CIS individual awards and all-Canadians will be announced onWednesday night.
Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/msoc/index
UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West champions: 12-1-0regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
York Lions (OUA champions: 13-2-1 regular season /3-0 playoffs)
Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ champions: 7-1-4 regularseason / 2-0 playoffs)
UNB Varsity Reds (AUS champions: 8-2-3 regularseason / 2-0 playoffs)
Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada West finalists: 8-5-2regular season / 1-1 playoffs)
Ryerson Rams (OUA finalists: 12-0-2 regular season/ 2-1 playoffs)
Montreal Carabins (RSEQ finalists: 8-2-2 regularseason / 1-1 playoffs)
Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS finalists: 6-3-4regular season / 1-1 playoffs)
CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE (ATLANTIC TIME)
Wednesday, Nov. 6
17:30 Meet the Teams Media Conference (Fredericton Inn)
18:30 All-Canadian Awards Gala (Fredericton Inn)
Thursday, Nov. 7
11:00 Quarter-final 1: York vs. Saint Mary’s (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Quarter-final 2: UBC vs. Montreal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Quarter-final 3: Laval vs. Ryerson (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Quarter-final 4: UNB vs. Saskatchewan (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Friday, Nov. 8
11:00 Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, Nov. 9
14:30 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
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