Semifinal #1: T-Birds edge York, to defend title on Sunday


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Final 1 2 T
York (1-1) 1 0 1
UBC (2-0) 1 1 2
Scoring Summary
1st – 11:07 Dylan Sacramento (York)
1st – 24:46 Sean Einarsson (UBC)
2nd – 58:33 Milad Mehrabi (UBC)
York UBC
A: N/A

Sh: 2 Players (#21, #24 – 2)
G: 2 Players (#11, #13 – 1)
A: Navid Mashinchi – 1
Sh: 3 Players (#11, #13, #17 – 1)
Sv: Luke O’Shea – 4
Shots (on goal) 5 (5) 3 (3)
Saves 1 4
Fouls 14 17
Corner Kicks 8 4
Offsides 0 1

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Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sportsinformation

FREDERICTON (CIS) – Milad Mehrabi of Coquitlam, B.C.,scored the game-winner in the 59th minute to lead the defendingnational champion University of British Columbia Thunderbirds to a2-1 semifinal victory over the York Lions at the CIS men’ssoccer championship, Friday afternoon at the BMO Centre.

The 2013 Canada West champions advance to Sunday’s finalat 2 p.m. AST where they will face either Laval or tournament hostUNB. A year ago, UBC captured its record 12th Sam Davidson MemorialTrophy – eight more than any other team – thanks to a1-0 gold-medal win over Cape Breton in Quebec City.

The T-Birds, who go into the championship match on a 15-gameoverall winning streak since dropping their second game ofconference play back on Sept. 8, are now a mind-boggling 40-5-1all-time at the CIS tournament (.880) and will play in the finalfor the 17th time in 19 appearances at the competition.

One of UBC’s four all-time losses in the national titlematch came at the hands of York in 2010 (1-0), the last time therivals had met at the CIS tourney.

The Lions, this season’s OUA champions, will battle forbronze Sunday at 11 a.m. AST.

York opened in the 12th minute on Dylan Sacramento’ssecond goal of the championship.

The Ontario champs played a great first 20 minutes and held theThunderbirds without a scoring chance early on, but thatwouldn’t last much longer.

UBC started to put on the pressure, earning countlessopportunities, until Sean Einarsson, who had scored the lone goalagainst Montreal on Thursday, went down with an apparent headinjury halfway through the first period. He was lying on the pitchfor a minute or so, until he got up and went off the field toreceive treatment.

Moments after he came back on with bandages on his head, in the25th minute, Einarsson headed the ball to the back of the net off acorner quick from Navid Mashinchi to tie the affair at oneall.

UBC head coach Mike Mosher said the tying goal was huge for histeam. “It was very inspirational to us, I told our team athalftime that we needed everyone to play like Sean.”

The T-Birds got off to a great start in the second half and tookthe lead in the 59th minute thanks to Mehrabi, who accepted abeautiful behind-the-back pass from Mashinchi before tallying thewinner.

York bench boss Carmine Isacco said there was nothing his teamcould do on Mehrabi’s goal.

“It was a great goal. We thought we were playing themgreat, but they made a perfect play and it ended up in the back ofour net.”

The remainder of the second half was back-and-forth but theLions couldn’t get the equalizer, even though they ended upoutshooting their opponents 5-3 in the game. A late corner kick wasYork’s final chance but the OUA titlists couldn’tconvert.

Mark-Anthony Kaye, who had two goals for York inThursday’s quarter-final win over Saint Mary’s, waskept in check by UBC and Mosher said his team did a great jobdefending him.

“They have so many skilled players on their team, and Ithought we did great against them in the second half, includingkeeping Kaye in check.”

Einarsson and Sacramento were named player of the match fortheir respective team.

UBC: 1-1:2
YRK: 1-0:1

First Half
1. YRK Dylan Sacramento (2) (unassisted), 12th
2. UBC Sean Einarsson (2) (unassisted), 25th

Second Half
3. UBC Milad Mehrabi (1) (Navid Mashinchi), 59th

UBC: Luke O’Shea (W, 1 GA, 4 saves, 90:00, 2-0)
YRK: Sotiri Varlokostas (L, 2 GA, 2 saves, 90:00, 1-1)

Team Stats
Shots: UBC 3, YRK 5
Corners: UBC 4, YRK 8
Fouls: UBC 17, YRK 14
Yellow cards: UBC 1, YRK 3
Red cards: none

Players of the game:
UBC: Sean Einarsson
YRK: Dylan Sacramento


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: Montreal 2, Saint Mary’s 0
13:30 Consolation 2: Saskatchewan 3, Ryerson 2 (4-3 PK)
16:00 Semifinal 1: UBC 2, York 1
18:30 Semifinal 2: Laval vs. UNB (

Saturday, Nov. 9
14:30 5th-place game: Montreal vs. Saskatchewan (

Sunday, Nov. 10
11:00 Bronze medal: York vs. TBD (
14:00 Championship final: UBC vs. TBD (

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