OTTAWA (CIS) – The schedule and quarter-final matchupswere announced Sunday evening for the 27th CIS women’s soccerchampionship which kicks off Thursday in Toronto.
The eight-team tournament, hosted for the second time by theUniversity of Toronto, runs until next Sunday with the nationalfinal scheduled for 4:30 p.m. All 11 games from the competitionwill be webcast live on www.CIS-SIC.tv.
The reigning champion Trinity Western Spartans will make thetrip to Ontario to defend their title after qualifying as CanadaWest conference silver medallists. Should they triumph nextweekend, the Spartans would tie UBC’s record of five GladysBean Memorial Trophies overall.
Also competing for the CIS banner at Varsity Stadium will be theAlberta Pandas (Canada West champions), Wilfrid Laurier GoldenHawks (OUA champs), Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champs), Cape BretonCapers (AUS champs), Western Mustangs (OUA finalists), Laval Rougeet Or (RSEQ finalists), as well as the tourney host Toronto VarsityBlues.
Trinity Western, which lost in overtime to Alberta inSaturday’s Canada West final, has dominated CIS women’ssoccer over the last half-decade with three national titles in thepast five seasons, including a victory on kicks over Queen’sin last year’s gold-medal game in Victoria. The only previoustime the CIS tournament was held at the U of T, in 2009, thepowerhouse from Langley, B.C., had also claimed the banner thanksto a win on PKs.
The Spartans begin their title defence Thursday at 4:30 p.m.against Laurier in the third contest of opening day. The otherquarter-finals will see Montreal battle Western at 11 a.m., Albertatake on Laval at 1:30 p.m., and Cape Breton square off against hostToronto at 7 p.m.
Four of this year’s contenders have hoisted the GladysBeen Trophy in the past, including the Spartans (2012, 2009, 2008,2004), Pandas (2001, 1997, 1989), Golden Hawks (1995, 1992) andCapers (2007).
NOTES: A complete championship preview will follow Tuesday…The CIS individual awards and all-Canadians will be announced onWednesday night.
Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wsoc/index
Cape Breton Capers (AUS champions: 9-0-4 regular season / 2-0playoffs)
Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champions: 11-1-2 regular season / 2-0playoffs)
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUA champions: 9-3-4 regular season /3-0 playoffs)
Alberta Pandas (Canada West champions: 9-1-2 regular season / 3-0playoffs)
Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ finalists: 9-3-2 regular season / 1-1playoffs)
Western Mustangs (OUA finalists: 11-0-5 regular season / 2-1playoffs)
Trinity Western Spartans (Canada West finalists: 8-1-3 regularseason / 2-1 playoffs)
Toronto Varsity Blues (Hosts: 10-3-3 regular season / 0-1playoffs)
Wednesday, Nov. 6
18:30 All-Canadian Awards Banquet (Marriott BloorYorkville Hotel)
Thursday, Nov. 7
11:00 Quarter-final 1: Montreal vs. Western (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Quarter-final 2: Alberta vs. Laval (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:30 Quarter-final 3: Wilfrid Laurier vs. Trinity Western (
19:00 Quarter-final 4: Cape Breton vs. Toronto (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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