Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sports information
November 8, 2013, FREDERICTON (ISN) – The Saskatchewan Huskies overcame a pair of one-goal deficits en route to a 3-2 win on kicks over the Ryerson Rams in the second consolation semifinal of the CIS men’s soccer championship, Friday afternoon at the BMO field.
At the end of a duel between teams making their first-ever appearance at the CIS tournament, the Canada West silver medallist Huskies earned the right to face Montreal in the fifth-place match Saturday at 2:30 p.m. AST. For their part, the OUA finalist Rams saw their season come to an end following their second loss in as many days.
In Thursday’s quarter-finals, Saskatchewan had dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime decision to host UNB, while Ryerson was downed 3-2 by Laval.
“I thought we got back to what we had been successful on during the season,” said Saskatchewan head coach Bryce Chapman. “It’s a learning experience at this level because you’re playing among eight of the best teams in the country, there is no easy game.”
The Rams opened the scoring after 12 minutes of play when Michael Velasquez, a rookie midfielder from Vaughn, Ont., got a touch on the ball inside the 18-yard box and calmly put it in the back of the net.
Five minutes before the halftime break, Mitch Bauche, a second-year midfielder from Saskatoon, pushed past the defence and got the ball to the side of Rams goalie Christian Maraldo – who came out of the six and tried to stop the ball – before tying the affair at 1-1.
In the second half, Alex Braletic, the CIS player of the year from Thornhill, Ont., gave Ryerson its second lead of the match at the 59-minute mark but Saskatchewan would come back once again to tie it, thanks to a Ryan Contenti marker in the 84th minute.
With the score even at the end of regulation, the consolation contest went straight to kicks.
After Huskies keeper Michal Bandula and his rival Maraldo opened the shootout session with a save apiece, Bandula added a second stop against the fourth Ryerson shooter to set-up the table for Scott Myrah, who could give Saskatchewan the win as the 10th player to step up to the spot.
The fifth-year striker from Calgary made no mistake and extended the Huskies dream season.
Head coach Chapman said it was “a difficult day to wake up” after playing the University of New Brunswick the night before, but was happy with how his men played and said they did everything they could.
“It was a good game today. We got some guys on the turf that maybe haven’t had as much experience as they need and they actually stepped up really well.”
Chapman added that Bandula is strong on kicks and was not surprised by his quality performance.
“I think Michal has had a fantastic tournament, to be honest,” said Chapman. “He set records in about every category for us this year, so very pleased, but he is very good at PKs, so what he did didn’t surprise me.”
Despite the loss, Ryerson associate coach Filip Prostran said it was good experience for the younger players and is proud of the team.
“[We don’t feel] as badly as you probably think, the game didn’t mean anything. You don’t really play for a consolation game, so I feel about the same as I did yesterday.”
Bauche was named game MVP for the winners and fifth-year fullback Armin Tankovic claimed the honour for Ryerson.
- SSK 1-1: 3 (4-3 kicks)
- RYE 1-1: 2
- 1. RYE Michal Velasquez (1) (unassisted), 12th
- 2. SSK Mitch Bauche (1) (unassisted), 40th
- 3. RYE Alex Braletic (2) (unassisted) 59th
- 4. SSK Ryan Contenti (1) (unassisted) 84th
- RYE Armin Tankovic, saved (Michal Bandula)
- SSK Eoin McFadden, saved (Christian Maraldo)
- RYE Sebastian Novais, goal
- SSK Ryan Contenti, goal
- RYE Victor Anastasov, goal
- SSK Fabian Dale, goal
- RYE Martin Dabrowski, saved (Michal Bandula)
- SSK Luigi Bekwayo, goal
- RYE Alex Braletic, goal
- SSK Scott Myrah, goal
- SSK: Michal Bandula (W, 2 GA, 8 saves, 90:00, 1-1)
- RYE: Christian Maraldo (L, 2 GA, 4 saves, 90:00, 0-2)
- Shots: SSK 6, RYE 10
- Shots on net: SSK 6, RYE 10
- Corners: SSK 1, RYE 7
- Offsides: SSK 4, RYE 3
- Fouls: SSK 6, RYE 7
- Yellow cards: none
- Red cards: none
Players of the game:
- SSK: Mitch Bauche
- RYE: Armin Tankovic
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: York vs. UBC
- 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
- 14:00 Championship final