Quarter-final #4: Capers, Blain hold off host Blues in thrilling nightcap


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TORONTO (CIS) – Karolyne Blain, the AUS conference MVPfrom Copper Cliff, Ont., scored the lone goal in the 71st minute tolead the Cape Breton Capers to a narrow 1-0 victory over the hostToronto Varsity Blues in the fourth quarter-final of the 2013 CISwomen’s soccer championship Thursday night at VarsityCentre.

Toronto outshot Cape Breton 7-1 in their first-ever meeting, butCapers goalkeeper Tiffany O’Donnell of Cole Harbour, N.S.,stood tall to earn the shutout for the Atlantic champions.

With the win, the Capers advance to the championship side of thebracket for the first time since claiming the national title in2007, and for only the second time in program history. InSaturday’s second semifinal at 4:30 p.m., they will take onthe defending CIS champion Trinity Western Spartans, who shut outLaurier 3-0 earlier in the day.

Cape Breton is the only remaining undefeated team in the countryafter Thursday’s quarter-final matches.

The Varsity Blues take on the Hawks in an all-OUA consolationsemifinal tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

“It was a gritty performance,” said AUS coach of theyear and Capers bench boss Ness Timmons. “The first half theyplayed hard and once we got the goal the girls sat back anddefended and held Toronto very well. Karolyn is always a threat.Any time she’s on the ball she can make somethinghappen.”

Blain, who was voted to the first all-Canadian team before thechampionship, got Cape Breton on the board midway through thesecond half as she received a through ball from Alyssa Armstrong ofSt. John’s and sent a wide-angle shot through traffic to beatBlues goalkeeper Sara Petrucci of Bolton, Ont.

Blues rookie striker Claudia Piazza of Brampton, Ont., had achance to even the score 10 minutes later as she received acentering pass from veteran Aisha Lewis of Mississauga, Ont., buther shot sailed over the net.

Toronto continued to pressure, outshooting Cape Breton 5-1 inthe second half and sent a flurry of shots on the net in the finalminutes of action but were unable to solve O’Donnell.

“It was an unbelievable performance by our team,”said Varsity Blues head coach Anthony Capotosto. “I’vebeen associated with Varsity Blues soccer since 1997 and I can saywith 100 percent certainty that I have never been more proud of ateam that I am tonight.”

“I could talk about every single player that was out theretoday and the performance that they gave and the passion that theyshowed for the program. It was tremendous.”

CBU 0-1: 1
TOR 0-0: 0

First Half
No scoring

Second Half
1. CBU Karolyne Blain (1) (Alyssa Armstrong), 71st


CBU: Tiffany O’Donnell (W, 0 GA, 7 saves, 90:00, 1-0)
TOR: Sara Petrucci (L, 1 GA, 0 saves, 90:00, 0-1)

Team Stats
Shots: CBU 4, TOR 13
Shots on net: CBU 1, TOR 7
Corners: CBU 5, TOR 7
Offsides: CBU 0, TOR 2
Fouls: CBU 9, TOR 12
Yellow cards: none
Red cards: none

Players of the game:
CBU: Shanice Maxwell
TOR: Aisha Lewis


Thursday, Nov. 7
11:00 Quarter-final 1: Montreal 2, Western 1
13:30 Quarter-final 2: Alberta 1, Laval 0
16:30 Quarter-final 3: Trinity Western 3, Wilfrid Laurier 0
19:00 Quarter-final 4: Cape Breton 1, Toronto 0

Friday, Nov. 8
13:30 Consolation 1: Western vs. Laval (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:30 Consolation 2: Wilfrid Laurier vs. Toronto (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Saturday, Nov. 9
13:30 Semifinal 1: Montreal vs. Alberta (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:30 Semifinal 2: Trinity Western vs. Cape Breton (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)

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