|2nd – 68:28||Sean Einarsson (UBC)|
| G: N/A
Sh: Samuel Leblanc – 1
Sv: Kenan Morina – 5
| G: Sean Einarsson – 1
A: Niall Cousens – 1
Sh: 2 Players (#7, #13 – 2)
Sv: Luke O’Shea – 1
|Shots (on goal)||1 (1)||6 (6)|
Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sportsinformation / Photo credit Rob Blanchard
FREDERICTON (CIS) – The defending champion UBCThunderbirds survived a scare in their first game of the 2013 CISmen’s soccer championship as they edged the Montreal Carabins1-0, Thursday afternoon at the BMO field, to return to the nationalFinal Four.
Sean Einarsson of Surrey, B.C., scored the lone goal of thematch in the 68th minute for the nationally top-ranked T-Birds, whoare looking to add to their record collection of 12 Sam DavidsonMemorial Trophies – eight more than any other team –and now show a mind-boggling 39-5-1 all-time mark (.878) in their19th appearance at the CIS tournament.
In a losing effort, the RSEQ finalist Carabins outplayed theirVancouver rivals for the first 45 minutes and even thought they hadopened the scoring before the break, but the goal was disalloweddue to an offside call.
UBC bench boss Mike Mosher, who was named CIS coach of the yearprior to the competition, knew his troops didn’t have theupper hand in the first half.
“Montreal outplayed us right from the start, and we gotlucky when their goal was called back. We knew coming into thisgame that Pat (Montreal head coach Raimondo) was going to have histeam fired up, and that’s exactly what he did.”
While the rain had held off for the first quarter-final of theday between York and Saint Mary’s, the same could not be saidfor the second contest. The rain started coming down hard at theend of the first period, and it didn’t let up the entiretime.
“It was a hard game to play in, but our guys didn’tlet it get to them, and they played one of their better games ofthe season, it was just a tough result in the end,” explainedRaimondo.
Towards the end of the game, things started to get a littlerough between both teams and it looked as though Montreal wastaking advantage of this style of play. The Carabins had control ofthe ball for the final 10 minutes, with multiple scoringopportunities, but were unable to capitalize.
“It was great to see our team continue to push until thefinal whistle, but in the end UBC was the better team,” saidRaimondo.
Paul Clerc, a first-team all-Canadian from Coquitlam, B.C., wasnamed player of the match for UBC, while Vincent De Bruille, afifth-year defender from Belgium, earned the honour forMontreal.
In Friday’s early semifinal at 4 p.m. Atlantic Time, theCanada West champion Thunderbirds will face the OUA titlist YorkLions, who beat Saint Mary’s 3-0 earlier Thursday.
Montreal moves to the consolation side of the draw and willbattle Saint Mary’s Friday at 11 a.m. AT.
1. UBC Sean Einarsson (1) (Niall Cousens), 68th
UBC: Luke O’Shea (W, 0 GA, 1 saves, 90:00, 1-0)
MTL: Kenan Morina(L, 1 GA, 5 saves, 90:00, 0-1)
Shots: MTL 1, UBC 6
Corners: MTL 2, UBC 1
Fouls: MTL 11, UBC 15
Yellow cards: MTL 3, UBC 2
Red cards: none
Offsides: MTL 2, UBC 0
Players of the game:
UBC: Paul Clerc
MTL: Vincent De Bruille
SCHEDULE &RESULTS (ATLANTIC TIME)
Thursday, Nov. 7
11:00 Quarter-final 1: York 3, Saint Mary’s 0
13:30 Quarter-final 2: UBC 1, Montreal 0
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: Saint Mary’s vs. Montreal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Semifinal 1: York vs. UBC (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)
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