|3rd – 30:00||Charles Arsenault (Laval)|
|— SHOOTOUT —|
| Laval : 11/ N 14/ Y 25/ Y 24/ Y
UNB : 10/ N 18/ N 9/ Y 15/ Y
|Laval wins shootout 3 – 2|
| G: N/A
Sh: Patrice Dion – 2
Sv: Jason Lapierre – 5
| G: N/A
Sh: Kenneth Van aarle – 2
Sv: Aaron McMurray – 5
|Shots (on goal)||5 (5)||5 (5)|
Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sportsinformation
FREDERICTON (CIS) – Freshman Charles Arsenault ofBonaventure, Que., scored the shootout winner as the Laval Rouge etOr advanced to the gold-medal final of the CIS men’s soccerchampionship for the third time in program history thanks to a 1-0semifinal victory over the tournament host New Brunswick VarsityReds, Friday evening at the BMO field.
Laval will face the defending national champion UBC Thunderbirdsfor the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy Sunday at 2 p.m. AST, whileUNB will battle the York Lions for bronze at 11 a.m.
Both contests will be webcast live at www.CIS-SIC.tv.
UBC edged York 2-1 earlier Friday in the first game of a FinalFour comprised entirely of 2013 conference champions.
The Rouge et Or settled for silver in 2007 in their firstappearance in the CIS final, which ended with a 2-1 loss to theThunderbirds. The RSEQ powerhouse made good on its second chancehowever, defeating McGill 3-2 two years later in an all-Quebecchampionship match.
For their part, the T-Birds are 12-4 all-time in the CISgold-medal game, including their record 12th Davidson Trophytriumph – eight more than any other team – a year agoon Laval’s home turf in Quebec City. The Rouge et Or thensettled for fourth place.
With the score 0-0 after regulation time, Laval and UNB wereforced to play 30 minutes of extra time, something the V-Reds haddone with success in Thursday’s quarter-final round when theyedged Saskatchewan 2-1 thanks to a penalty kick by Yousuf Mohammadin the 105th minute.
Against the Rouge et Or, the locals dominated the second15-minute extra period but weren’t able to put one pastsophomore keeper Jean-Francois Desrosiers of Gatineau, Que.,sending the affair to kicks.
In the shootout, Desrosiers’ counterpart Aaron McMurray ofLondon, Ont., was the first to shine, diving to his right to stoneLaval’s first shooter, all-Canadian striker Patrice Dion.Desrosiers responded right away however with a save to his left offa Mohammad shot.
Following a Rouge et Or goal, Alexandre Haiart hit the post tothe left of Desrosiers, quieting the home crowd of 1,200.
The teams then exchanged four straight markers, leaving Lavalwith a 3-2 advantage after four rounds. With a chance to send hissquad to the gold-medal game, Arsenault calmly stepped up to thespot and hit the back of the net to McMurray’s right.
Laval head coach Samir Ghrib, who led Laval to the nationaltitle in 2009, expected this type of game against the hometeam.
“We knew coming into this match that it wasn’t goingto be easy, especially playing a team with their home crowd behindthem, and they didn’t disappoint.”
As for UNB bench boss Miles Pinsent, who leads a program whichwon its lone CIS crown back in 1980 when the tournament was alsoheld in Fredericton, he was at a loss for words after the toughdefeat.
“We worked so hard in this game, but it just wasn’tour time.”
The first half was back and forth, with Laval holding a slightedge in play. The shots were tied at three all after 45minutes.
The second period was much of the same as both squads battledhard to get the first goal. The game got a little rough as eachteam was handed their fair share of cards after the break.
The best chance of the second went to Laval with 18 minutesremaining in regulation as the visitors had a partial break awaybut defender Ken Van Aarle forced a key turnover.
There was a bit of a scare for UNB towards the end of regulationas midfielder Amir Razak went down with what looked like a bad kneeinjury. Razak has had previous injuries to his knees throughout hiscareer, but thankfully for the V-Reds he walked off on his own andheaded to the bench.
In extra time, UNB was handed a foul, but Laval couldn’tget their free kick through the wall.
The first overtime only generated one strong chance and thatcame from Mohammad, who had a semi-breakaway but was unable tofinish.
Towards the end of the second OT, Razak came back on the fieldand that seemed to spark his team for the remainder of thegame.
Player of the games were Nafi Dicko Raynauld and Kenneth VanArle for UNB.
LAV: 0-0-0-0: 1 (4-2 kicks)
UNB: 0-0-0-0: 0
Extra time (2 X 15 mins – no goldengoal)
LAV- Patrick Dion, saved (Aaron McMurray)
UNB- Yousuf Mohammad, saved (Jean-François Desrosiers)
LAV- Bila Dicko-Raynauld, Goal
UNB- Alex Hairat, post
LAV- Amaury Fauvergue, Goal
UNB- Amir Razak, Goal
LAV- Wagane Ndour, Goal
UNB- Steve Miller, Goal
LAV- Charles Arsenault, Goal
UNB – did not kick
LAV: Jean-François Desrosiers (W, 0 GA, 5 saves, 120:00,2-0)
UNB: Aaron McMurray (L, 0 GA, 5 saves, 120:00, 1-1)
Shots: LAV 5, UNB 5
Corners: LAV 7, UNB 3
Fouls: LAV 9, UNB 14
Yellow cards: LAV 1, UNB 2
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
LAV: Nafi Dicko Raynauld
UNB: Ken Van Arle
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: 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 1, UNB 0 (4-2 PK)
Saturday, Nov. 9
14:30 5th-place game: Montreal vs. Saskatchewan (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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