|1st – 6:05||Brett Levis (Saskatchewan)|
|1st – 27:10||Oliver Jones (UNB)|
|3rd – 14:45||Yousuf Mohammad (UNB)|
| G: Brett Levis – 1
| G: 2 Players (#7, #10 – 1)
Sh: Yousuf Mohammad – 4
Sv: Aaron McMurray – 4
|Shots (on goal)||5 (5)||10 (10)|
Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sportsinformation / Photo credit Fran Harris
FREDERICTON (CIS) – Yousuf Mohammad of Toronto scored on apenalty kick in overtime to lift the tournament host University ofNew Brunswick Varsity Reds to a thrilling 2-1 win over theSaskatchewan Huskies in the last quarter-final matchup of the CISmen’s soccer championship, Thursday night, in front of apartisan crowd of 1,200 at the BMO field.
In Friday’s Final Four, comprised entirely of conferencechampions, UNB will face the Laval Rouge et Or in the nightcap at6:30 p.m. Atlantic Time, while defending national titlist UBC willsquare off against York in the early semifinal at 4:30 p.m. AT.
For their part, the Huskies, in their first-ever appearance atthe CIS tourney, will resume play on the consolation side of thedraw Friday at 1 p.m. against Ryerson. The other consolationsemifinal will see Saint Mary’s battle Montreal at 11a.m.
The Canada West finalists got off to a great start and went up1-0 only seven minutes in after Saskatoon native Brett Levis shotthe ball from the 25-yard line and put it to the top left cornerover UNB goalkeeper Aaron McMurray.
“It silenced a very great atmosphere [and] a bigcrowd,” said Saskatchewan head coach Bryce Chapman.
But his Huskies would be shut down the rest of the night.
Oliver Jones, a second-year striker from London, UK, scored inthe 28th minute to tie the game for the V-Reds. Jones pushed theball up and took a kick from inside the six-yard line where he wasable to put it in the back of the net.
“There’s been a long build-up for this day, and Ithink the size of that moment kind of impacted the guys a littlebit in the first 15 minutes,” said UNB head coach MilesPinsent. “Once we let the boys go in and the boys started torelax I think we did much better.”
It would remain 1-1 for the remainder of regulation and theteams were forced to play an extra 30 minutes, as the golden goalrule is not in effect at the CIS tourney.
In the dying moments of the first 15-minute extra frame,Mohammad, a fifth-year senior, stepped up to the penalty kick spotand made no mistake.
The Varsity Reds were able to maintain their 2-1 lead until thefinal whistle.
“When you lose, especially in a national tournament,it’s disappointing,” said Huskies head coach Chapman.“A lot of our guys played well and they did a lot of thingsthat we asked them to do.”
Mohammad and Saskatchewan centre back Jordian Farahani were nameplayers of the game.
UNB: 1-0-0-1: 2 (OT)
SSK: 1-0-0-0: 1
1. SSK Brett Levis (1) (unassisted), 7th
2. UNB Oliver Jones (1) (unassisted), 28th
Extra Time (2 X 15 mins – no goldengoal)
3. UNB Yousuf Mohammad (1) (penalty kick), 105th
UNB: Aaron McMurray (W, 1 GA, 4 saves, 120:00, 1-0)
SSK: Michal bandula (L, 2 GA, 8 saves, 120:00, 0-1)
Shots: UNB 10, SSK 5
Shots on net: UNB 10, SSK 5
Corners: UNB 5, SSK 6
Offsides: UNB 3, SSK 0
Fouls: UNB 11, SSK 7
Yellow cards: UNB (Benjamin Law), SSK (Eoin McFadden, JordianFarahani, Brandon Holmes)
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
UNB: Yousuf Mohammad
SSK: Jordian Farahani
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 2, Saskatchewan 1 (OT)
Friday, Nov. 8
11:00 Consolation 1: Saint Mary’s vs. Montreal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Consolation 2: Ryerson vs. Saskatchewan (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Semifinal 1: York vs. UBC (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Semifinal 2: Laval vs. UNB (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, Nov. 9
14:30 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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