|1st – 21:43||Fabrice Lassonde (Laval)|
|1st – 34:25||Nafi Dicko-Raynauld (Laval)|
|2nd – 45:03||Alex Braletic (Ryerson)|
|2nd – 68:24||Patrice Dion (Laval)|
|2nd – 72:52||Armin Tankovic (Ryerson)|
| G: 2 Players (#7, #10 – 1)
Sh: Armin Tankovic – 2
Sv: Christian Maraldo – 9
| G: 3 Players (#4, #9, #11 – 1)
A: 2 Players (#11, #25 – 1)
Sh: Bastien Bourgault – 3
Sv: J.F. Desrosiers – 2
|Shots (on goal)||4 (4)||12 (12)|
Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sportsinformation / Photo credit Fran Harris
FREDERICTON (CIS) – The Laval Rouge et Or are heading backto the CIS men’s soccer semifinals thanks to a thrilling 3-2win over the Ryerson Rams in the third first-round match of the2013 national championship, Thursday afternoon at the BMOfield.
The RSEQ champions, who had to settle for fourth place on hometurf at last year’ CIS tournament in Quebec City, will playin Friday’s second semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Atlantic Time. Theyawait the winners of a quarter-final duel between host UNB andSaskatchewan.
As for the OUA finalist Rams, in their first-ever appearance atthe competition, they move to the consolation side of the draw andwill square off against the losers of the UNB-Saskatchewan contestSaturday at 4:30 p.m. AT.
Laval jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half but then had tohold on for the win.
“I’m happy that we won but I’m not satisfiedwith the way we won,” said head coach Samir Ghrib. “Wewere up 2-0 and the keeper had three shots on goal andpsychologically the game changed for us. But we won and wewill learn from our mistakes. The important thing is that wewon.”
Fabrice Lassonde, a fourth-year senior fromMont-St-Grégoire, Que., opened the scoring 22 minutes in onan assist from all-Canadian striker Patrice Dion. Only 13 minuteslater, Nafi Dicko-Raynauld of Montreal, also a CIS all-star thisseason, doubled the Rouge et Or advantage.
“We started slow today in the first half,” saidRyerson associate coach Filip Prostran. “They didn’tstep up.”
Only 10 seconds into the second period, the Rams cut the deficitin half thanks to CIS player of the year Alex Braletic ofThornhill, Ont., who scored on a tricky shot from behind thestarting line.
Dion, who hails from Quebec City, restored Laval’stwo-goal lead in the 69th minute but Ryerson came right back in the73rd when Armin Tankovic converted a penalty kick.
“We made a mistake on the first Ryerson goal but afterthat we stayed strong, our defenders stayed strong,” Ghribsaid. “They made mistakes, we made mistakes, but we stayedstrong and came out as the victorious team.”
“I think this team fought right to the end like we alwaysdo, it wasn’t for a lack of effort,” said Prostran.“Our wings are good, I thought our keeper played very well,there was just a rough 20-minute spell where they got their goalsand we just couldn’t keep up.
“For the seniors, it’s the last time they play withthese guys and when you lose you’re sad and when you winyou’re happy.”
Ghrib, who led the Rouge et Or to their lone CIS title in 2009,said his troops need to make fewer errors if they hope to captureanother Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy.
Dion and Braletic were named player of the game for theirrespective side.
1. LAVAL Fabrice Lassonde (1) (Patrice Dion), 22nd
2. LAVAL Nafi Dicko-Raynauld (1) (Amaury Fauvergue), 35th
3. RYERSON Alex Braletic (1) (unassisted) 47th
4. LAVAL Patrice Dion (1) (unassisted) 69th
5. RYERSON Armin Tankovic (penalty kick) 73rd
LAV: J.F. Desrosiers (W, 2 GA, 2 saves, 90:00, 1-0)
RYE: Christian Maraldo (L, 3 GA, 9 saves, 90:00, 0-1)
Shots: LAV 12, RYE 3
Shots on net: LAV 12, RYE 3
Corners: LAV 5, RYE 2
Offsides: LAV 0, RYE 1
Fouls: LAV 6, RYE 11
Yellow cards: LAV (Wagane Ndour)
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
LAVAL: Patrice Dion
RYERSON: Alex Braletic
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 3, Ryerson 2
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: Ryerson vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Semifinal 1: York vs. UBC (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Semifinal 2: Laval vs. Winner QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, Nov. 9
14:30 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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