November 8, 2013, FREDERICTON (ISN) – The Atlantic University Sport (AUS) champions, the UNB Varsity Reds, defeated the Saskatchewan Huskies 2-1 in OT to clinch a berth in tomorrow’s semi-final versus RSEQ champions Laval at 6:30pm (AST).
It looked like an early victory for the Huskies after third-year Saskatoon native Brett Levis shot the ball from the 25-yard line and put it to the top left corner over UNB goalkeeper Aaron McMurray only six minutes in.
“It silenced a very great atmosphere [and] a big crowd,” said Huskies head coach Bryce Chapman.
But it would be the only goal for the Huskies.
Second year UNB striker, Oliver Jones, a native of London, UK, scored in the 28th minute, tying the game for the VReds. Jones pushed the ball up and took a kick from inside the six where he was able to put it in the back of the Huskies’ net.
“There’s been a long build-up for this day, and I think the size of that moment kind of impacted the guys a little bit in the first 15 minutes,” said head coach of the Varsity Reds, Miles Pinsent. “Once we let the boys go in and the boys started to relax I think we did much better.”
It would remain 1-1 for the remainder of the game.
In the first half of overtime fifth year striker, Yousuf Mohammad from Toronto, Ont., would score off a penalty kick in the 15th minute of OT, giving the Reds a 2-1 lead.
The Varsity Reds were able to maintain their 2-1 lead over the Huskies into the second half of overtime to take the win.
The Reds will be taking on the Laval Rouge et Or tomorrow in a semi-final match at 6:30pm (AST). The Saskatchewan Huskies will be taking on the Ryerson Rams at 11:00am (AST) in the semi-final consolation.
“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 things that we asked them to do.”
UNB Player of the game was Yousuf Mohammad. Mohammad is in his fifth year with the team and assisted in two of the three goals in the AUS finals against Saint Mary’s University just last week.
Saskatchewan player of the game was Jordian Farahani, a fourth year centre back from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
- 1. SSK Brett Levis (1) (unassisted), 7th
- 2. UNB Oliver Jones (1) (unassisted), 28th
- No goals
Extra Time (2 X 15 mins – no golden goal)
- 3. UNB Yousuf Mohammad (1) (penalty kick) 105th
- UNB: Aaron McMurray (W, 1 GA, 4 saves, 120:00, 2-1)
- SSK: Michal bandula (L, 2 GA, 8 saves, 120:00, 1-2)
- Shots: UNB 10, SASKU 5
- Shots on net: UNB 10, SASKU 5
- Corners: UNB 5, SASKU 6
- Offsides: UNB 3, SASKU 0
- Fouls: UNB 11, SASKU 7
- Yellow cards: SASKU (Eoin McFadden)
- SSK (Jordian Farahani)
- UNB (Benjamin Law)
- SSK (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: YRK 3 vs. SMU 0
- 13:30 Quarter-final 2: UBC 1 vs. MTL 0
- 16:00 Quarter-final 3: LAV 3 vs. RYE 2
- 18:30 Quarter-final 4: UNB 2 vs. SSK 1 (OT)
Friday, Nov. 8
- 11:00 Consolation 1: SMU vs. MTL
- 13:30 Consolation 2: RYE vs. SSK
- 16:00 Semifinal 1: YRK vs. UBC
- 18:30 Semifinal 2: LAV vs. UNB
Saturday, Nov. 9
- 14:30 5th-place game
Sunday, Nov. 10
- 11:00 Bronze medal
- 14:00 Championship final