PREVIEW 2013 CIS women’s soccer championship: Defending champ Spartans looking for historic fifth title

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The defending champion Trinity WesternSpartans could make CIS women’s soccer history this weekendin Toronto as they enter the 2013 national tournament with fourGladys Bean Memorial Trophy titles, only one shy of UBC’sall-time record.

The eight-team competition runs from Thursday to Sunday at theUniversity of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium with the nationalfinal scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

All 11 games from the 27th CISchampionship will be webcast live on www.CIS-SIC.tv.

Trinity Western, which qualified as Canada West finalist thisseason, will be joined at the tourney by the Alberta Pandas (CanadaWest champions), Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUA champs),Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champs), Cape Breton Capers (AUS champs),Western Mustangs (OUA finalists), Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQfinalists), as well as the host Varsity Blues.

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 againstToronto at 7 p.m.

In addition to TWU, which triumphed in 2004, 2008, 2009 and2012, Alberta (2001, 1997, 1989), Laurier (1995, 1992) and CapeBreton (2007) have hoisted the Gladys Bean Trophy in the past.

Despite a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to the Pandas in lastweekend’s Canada West final, Trinity Western has to beconsidered among the favourites to claim gold come Sunday.

The Spartans’ veteran-laden roster includes 11 players intheir fourth or fifth university season. One of the key losses fromlast year’s squad was keeper Kristen Funk, but the two-timeall-Canadian and three-time national champion was replaced byCarleton transfer Rachel Bedek, who was Funk’s teammate onthe team that represented Canada at last summer’s Universiadein Russia.

The perennial contenders from Langley, B.C., who claimed goldthe only previous time the tournament was held at the U of T in2009, could also become the first team in history to repeat as CISwomen’s soccer champs on two separate occasions onSunday.

If history repeats itself, it should be boom or bust this weekfor the Spartans. In their six previous appearances on the nationalstage, they either won it all or lost in the first round en routeto a last-place finish.

“It is an awesome opportunity to make it back to CISchampionship for our group. We know it will be tough but we havebeen here before and hope that some of our experience will helpus,” said 15-year head coach Graham Roxburgh, whose troopsgot off to a slow start in conference play (1-1-3) before finishingtheir Canada West schedule on a seven-game winning streak.“There are some strong teams in this year’s field so itis a matter of taking it one game at a time and being at your beston the day.”

After winning its first Canada West crown since 2001, Albertawould like nothing more than to stand in the Spartans’ wayonce again this week. The Pandas, whose only loss this season was a2-0 setback against Trinity Western in their penultimate conferencegame, could match TWU’s four national titles with a triumphon Sunday.

“The teams at nationals are extremely competitive. Lavalwill bring the best of the RESQ to the first round and I anticipatethis to be a formidable match. This is not about a team’sreputation but rather about who we are on the day,” said headcoach Liz Jepsen, in her ninth season at the helm. “Everysingle person has been instrumental to our Canada Westaccomplishment this season. As a whole, we have the most paritythat I have encountered across my time as head coach of thisprogram.”

Fresh off its seventh AUS title in 11 years, Cape Breton is theonly remaining undefeated team in the country (11-0-4 overall).Like Trinity Western, it has historically been all or nothing atthe CIS championship for the Capers, who triumphed on home turf in2007 but went 0-2 in each of their six other appearances at thecompetition.

“Our team this year is a great mix of veteran and newplayers,” said Stephen ‘Ness’ Timmons, who sawhis Capers dominate Acadia 3-0 in the Atlantic final. “Theleadership of our two captains has been instrumental to theteam’s success. They have found a way to rally the girls gamein and game out. It is a hard working group that relies on a totalteam approach on both ends of the field.”

The other two conference champions, Wilfrid Laurier andMontreal, are also regulars at the CIS tourney.

The two-time CIS champ Golden Hawks will compete for the GladysBean Trophy for the fourth straight season. Since reaching thefinal in 2010, however, they have gone 0-2 at nationals each of thepast two years.

Meanwhile, the Carabins return after a one-year absence fortheir sixth appearance in seven years. Montreal came oh-so-close towinning its first CIS title in both 2009 and 2011, losing thegold-medal match on kicks on both occasions, first to TrinityWestern and then against Queen’s.

“The one thing I don’t think people recognize is howyoung our team is,” said 18-year Laurier bench boss BarryMacLean, whose Hawks edged previously undefeated Western on PKs inthe OUA final. “We have a couple of fourth-year players, butmost of our players are in their first or second season. And wewent through a few growing pains, learning how we’re going toplay, and playing with the kind of composure we needed to. But thelast three weeks of the season, I think we really rounded intoshape.”

“In order to play to our potential and be successful,we’ll need to play as a group for three straightgames,” said Kevin McConnell, who led Montreal to a 1-0 winover Laval in the RSEQ championship match, marking the team’sfifth conference banner in six years. “We’ve competedat the tournament numerous times in recent years so some of ourplayers have experience on their side. We’re happy to be atthe championship again and can’t wait to getgoing.”

Western, Laval and Toronto are also still looking for theirfirst CIS banner but unlike Montreal, they have yet to really comeclose to hoisting the Bean Trophy.

The Rouge et Or and Mustangs are both making their seventhappearance at the championship this week. Interestingly enough, aLaval win over Western in the 2002 bronze-medal game remains thebest-ever result at the CIS tourney for both programs.

As for the Blues, their only previous appearance was in 2009,when they also hosted the competition. They then finish in fifthposition with a 2-1 record.

“We are very happy with the progress we have shown overthe 2013 season,” said second-year Western coach MartinPainter, whose squad topped the final national rankings released aweek ago after posting an 11-0-5 conference record. “This isthe first CIS championship for all of our players and we arelooking forward to the challenge. We know the level of play will bevery high as there are some outstanding, experienced teams thatwill all be well prepared. This is a great test for our youngteam.”

“We got off to a great start this fall but our opponentsadapted to our style as the season progressed. We hit a rough patchlate in the schedule which cost us first place in our leaguestandings,” said 19-year Laval coach Helder Duarte. “Inthe end, it was a blessing in disguise as it forced us to regroupand we had to go beat Sherbrooke on the road (in the RSEQ semis) toqualify for the CIS championship, something no team had been ableto do this season. All the girls work towards the same objectiveand they really want to fight to go all the way.”

Toronto head coach Anthony Capotosto hopes home field will be anadvantage for his Varsity Blues, who went 10-3-3 in league actionbefore being upset in the first round of the playoffs.

“We are excited to be hosting the championship. Our teamis coming off a great regular season and we are looking forward toplaying in this tournament on our home field. We have prepared tothe best of our ability and are excited for the quarter-final gameon Thursday night against Cape Breton.

“Our staff has done an incredible job preparing for thischampionship. We welcome all the teams from across Canada to theUniversity of Toronto for what will be a great showcase for CISwomen’s soccer.”

Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wsoc/index

GLADYS BEANMEMORIAL TROPHY CHAMPIONS:

2012 Trinity Western (at Victoria)
2011 Queen’s (at McGill)
2010 Queen’s (at UPEI)
2009 Trinity Western (at Toronto)
2008 Trinity Western (at Trinity Western)
2007 Cape Breton (at Cape Breton)
2006 UBC (at Victoria)
2005 Victoria (at Alberta)
2004 Trinity Western (at Montreal / McGill)
2003 UBC (at Montreal / McGill)
2002 UBC (at Alberta)
2001 Alberta (at Carleton)
2000 Dalhousie (at Acadia)
1999 Dalhousie (at Laurier)
1998 Calgary (at Victoria)
1997 Alberta (at Laval)
1996 Ottawa (at Dalhousie)
1995 Laurier (at Carleton)
1994 Dalhousie (at Alberta)
1993 UBC (at McGill)
1992 Laurier (at McMaster)
1991 McMaster (at Guelph)
1990 Acadia (at UBC)
1989 Alberta (at Acadia)
1988 Queen’s (at UBC)
1987 UBC (at McGill)

PARTICIPATINGTEAMS

Alberta Pandas (Canada West champions)

Head Coach: Liz Jepsen (9th season)
Regular season record: 9-1-2
Regular season standing: 2nd Canada West
Playoff record: 3-0
Playoff finish: Canada West champions
Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 29): No. 3
Top 10 best ranking: No. 2 (polls 6-7)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 6
Conference award winners: Julia Ignacio (MVP & Student-AthleteAward)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Shalla Kadima (FB), Julia Ignacio(S)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Kelti Biggs (G), Victoria Saccomani(FB)
CIS championship appearances (including 2013): 12
CIS championship all-time record: 20-7-4 (.645)
CIS championship all-time medals: 9 (3-3-3)
CIS championship best result: 3-time champions (2001, 1997,1989)
CIS championship last appearance: 2011 (5th place)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 1-year absence

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUAchampions)

Head Coach: Barry MacLean (18th season)
Regular season record: 9-3-4
Regular season standing: 2nd OUA West
Playoff record: 3-0
Playoff finish: OUA champions
Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 29): No. 10
Top 10 best ranking: No. 8 (1st poll)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 4
Conference award winners (OUA West): Emily Brown (MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA West): Kelsey Tikka (D), JulieMaheu (M), Katie Bishop (M), Emily Brown (S)
Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA West): Sarah Farano (D)
CIS championship appearances (including 2013): 12
CIS championship all-time record: 14-13-0 (.519)
CIS championship all-time medals: 5 (2-1-2)
CIS championship best result: 2-time champions (1995, 1992)
CIS championship last appearance: 2012 (tied 7th place)
CIS championship sequence: 4th straight appearance

Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champions)

Head Coach: Kevin McConnell (9th season)
Regular season record: 11-1-2
Regular season standing: 1st RSEQ
Playoff record: 2-0
Playoff finish: RSEQ champions
Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 29): No. 2
Top 10 best ranking: No. 2 (last poll)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 9
Conference award winners: Kevin McConnell (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Virginie Lévesque (D), MonaOuirzane (D), Laura Chénard (M), Constance De Chantal Dumont(M)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Mélissa Gougeon (D)
CIS championship appearances (including 2013): 7
CIS championship all-time record: 9-9-0 (.500)
CIS championship all-time medals: 3 (0-2-1)
CIS championship best result: 2-time silver medallists (2011,2009)
CIS championship last appearance: 2011 (silver medallists)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 1-year absence (6thappearance in 7 years)

Cape Breton Capers (AUS champions)

Head Coach: Stephen Timmons (18th season)
Regular season record: 9-0-4
Regular season standing: 1st AUS
Playoff record: 2-0
Playoff finish: AUS champions
Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 29): No. 5
Top 10 best ranking: No. 5 (last poll)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 6
Conference award winners: Karolyne Blain (MVP), Stephen Timmons(coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Tiffany O’Donnell (G), RobynNovorolsky (D), Robbyn McNeill (M), Karolyne Blain (S)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Allison Bell-Davies (D)
CIS championship appearances (including 2013): 8
CIS championship all-time record: 3-12-0 (.200)
CIS championship all-time medals: 1 (1-0-0)
CIS championship best result: 1-time champions (2007)
CIS championship last appearance: 2012 (tied 7th place)
CIS championship sequence: 2nd straight appearance (7th in 9years)

Trinity Western Spartans (Canada Westfinalists)

Head Coach: Graham Roxburgh (15th season)
Regular season record: 8-1-3
Regular season standing: 4th Canada West
Playoff record: 2-1
Playoff finish: Canada West finalists
Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 29): No. 8
Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (first 2 polls)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 7
Conference award winners: None
Conference 1st team all-stars: Jennifer Castillo (FB), VanessaKovacs (FB), Natalie Boyd (M), Krista Gommeringer (S)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Colleen Webber (FB)
CIS championship appearances (including 2013): 7
CIS championship all-time record: 14-3-1 (.806)
CIS championship all-time medals: 4 (4-0-0)
CIS championship best result: 4-time champions (2012, 2009, 2008,2004)
CIS championship last appearance: 2012 (champions)
CIS championship sequence: 3rd straight appearance (5th in 6years)

Western Mustangs (OUA finalists)

Head Coach: Martin Painter (2nd season)
Regular season record: 11-0-5
Regular season standing: 1st OUA West
Playoff record: 2-1
Playoff finish: OUA finalists
Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 29): No. 1
Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (last poll)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 6
Conference award winners (OUA West): Jenna White (rookie), MartinPainter (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA West): Tori Edgar (G), JennaWhite (D), Tianna Deluzio (M), Amanda Boyle (S)
Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA West): Jess Friend (M), LaurenWinquist (S)
CIS championship appearances (including 2013): 7
CIS championship all-time record: 1-8-4 (.231)
CIS championship all-time medals: 0
CIS championship best result: 4th place (2002)
CIS championship last appearance: 2004 (tied 5th place)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 8-year absence

Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ finalists)

Head Coach: Helder Duarte (19th season)
Regular season record: 9-3-2
Regular season standing: 3rd RSEQ
Playoff record: 1-1
Playoff finish: RSEQ finalists
Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 29): No. 9
Top 10 best ranking: No. 2 (polls 4-5)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 7
Conference award winners: Arielle Roy-Petitclerc (rookie)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Rachel Collard (D), ArielleRoy-Petitclerc (M), Gabrielle Lapointe (M), Mélissande Guy(S)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Alexandra Brunelle (M), LéaChastenay-Joseph (S)
CIS championship appearances (including 2013): 7
CIS championship all-time record: 7-7-3 (.500)
CIS championship all-time medals: 1 (0-0-1)
CIS championship best result: Bronze medallists (2002)
CIS championship last appearance: 2010 (5th place)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 2-year absence

Toronto Varsity Blues (hosts)

Head Coach: Anthony Capotosto (7th season)
Regular season record: 10-3-3
Regular season standing: 2nd OUA East
Playoff record: 0-1
Playoff finish: OUA East quarter-finalists
Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 29): Unranked
Top 10 best ranking: No. 7 (polls 7-8)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 3
Conference award winners (OUA East): Caroline Murphy (CommunityService Award)
Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA East): Diana Esteireiro (D),Olivia Gonsalves (M), Aisha Lewis (S)
Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA East): Fatima Braimoh (D),Claudia Piazza (M)
CIS championship appearances (including 2013): 2
CIS championship all-time record: 2-1-0 (.667)
CIS championship all-time medals: 0
CIS championship best result: 5th place (2009)
CIS championship last appearance: 2009 (5th place)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 3-year absence (2ndappearance in history)

CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE

Wednesday, Nov. 6
18:30 All-Canadian Awards Banquet (Marriott Bloor YorkvilleHotel)

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 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
19:00 Quarter-final 4: Cape Breton vs. Toronto (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Friday, Nov. 8
13:30 Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:30 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Saturday, Nov. 9
13:30 Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:30 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Sunday, Nov. 10
11:00 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Bronze medal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:30 Championship final (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and700 coaches from 55 universities and four regional associations viefor 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS alsoprovides high performance international opportunities for Canadianstudent-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well asnumerous world university championships. For further information,visit www.cis-sic.ca or followus on:

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