Final: Huge second half lifts UBC to record 13th title


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90:00 – 2nd 1 2 T
Laval () 1 0 1
UBC () 0 3 3
Scoring Summary
1st – 32:48 Amaury Fauvergue (Laval)
2nd – 50:01 Niall Cousens (UBC)
2nd – 61:43 Milad Mehrabi (UBC)
2nd – 63:13 Navid Mashinchi (UBC)

Laval UBC
G: Amaury Fauvergue – 1
A: N/A
Sh: Amaury Fauvergue – 1
Sv: Jean-Francois Desrosiers – 6
G: 3 Players (#10, #11, #17 – 1)
A: Niall Cousens – 1
Sh: Niall Cousens – 3
Sv: N/A
Shots (on goal) 1 (1) 9 (9)
Saves 6 0
Fouls 16 11
Corner Kicks 1 3
Offsides 1 4

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Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sportsinformation / Photo credit Fran Harris

FREDERICTON (CIS) – Thanks to a three-goal outburst in thesecond half, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirdsdefeated the Laval Rouge et Or 3-1 in the gold-medal final of theCIS men’s soccer tournament to repeat as national champions,Sunday afternoon at the BMO Field.

The Canada West titlist T-Birds, who edged Montreal 1-0 inThursday’s opening round and York 2-1 in Friday’ssemifinals, end the season with a 17-1 overall mark (conferenceplay & post-season) and on a 16-game winning streak since a 1-0home loss to Fraser Valley back on Sept. 8.

It was the 13th Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy triumph for UBC -nine more than any other CIS program – which had blanked CapeBreton 1-0 in last year’s title match in Quebec City. TheT-Birds had repeated as national champs five times in the past,winning three straight Davidson Trophies from 1984 to 1986 and fourin a row from 1989 to 1992.

UBC and Laval had also met in the 2007 final in Vancouver, withthe Thunderbirds prevailing 2-1 on home turf. The Rouge et Orclaimed their lone CIS banner two years later with a 3-2 victoryover Quebec rival McGill.

Laval, crowned RSEQ champions last Sunday, also advanced totoday’s contest thanks to a pair of one-goal victories onThursday and Friday, 3-2 against Ryerson in the quarter-finals and1-0 on kicks over tournament host UNB in the semis.

“It feels tremendous; it’s a special group ofplayers,” said CIS coach of the year Mike Mosher, who leads aprogram which is now a mind-boggling 41-5-1 (.883) all-time in 19appearances at the CIS tournament, including 17 trips to the final.“We’ve been fortunate to play for a number of nationaltitles, but the opportunity is rare and you have to seize themoment because you don’t know when you’re going to getthat next chance.

“You don’t want to walk off that field saying‘what if’? and ‘geez, we allowed them to outworkus’”, added Mosher, who has now claimed eight CIStitles with UBC, including three as a player, one as an assistantcoach and four as bench boss. “We should have a lot of theseguys back, so I think we will be strong again next year.”

As was the case in their semifinal win over York, the T-Birdssaw their opponents to take the lead in the final.

Amaury Fauvergue, a sophomore midfielder fromMontbéliard, France, put Laval on the board in the 33rdminute thanks to one of the prettier goals of the championship, ona superb mid-air volley from 30 yards out.

Whatever Mosher told his troops at the halftime break, itworked.

Niall Cousens, a freshman from Vancouver who scored a remarkablefour goals in last Sunday’s Canada West final againstSaskatchewan, tied the affair in the 51st minute on a strike fromthe right side of the box which left no chance to keeperJean-François Desrosiers.

The T-Birds then sealed the victory with two markers in justover a minute.

Milad Mehrabi gave UBC the lead in the 62nd. Left all alone onthe left side of the box, the third-year midfielder from Coquitlam,B.C., sent a low shot past Desrosiers, who got a hand on the ballbut couldn’t stop it from rolling to the back of the net.

It was the second game-winner in as many contests for Mehrabi.Cousens, who would be named UBC player of the game and tournamentMVP, picked up an assist on the play.

Moments later, Navid Mashinchi, a fourth-year midfielder fromPort Moody, B.C., also beat Desrosiers from up close and thecelebrations began on the UBC sidelines.

“Even though we are rebuilding our team I am extremelyproud of the guys,” said Laval coach Samir Ghrib, whose squadhadn’t tasted defeat since its conference opener on September6, a 1-0 setback against UQTR. “It’s part of thelearning process. Life goes on.”

Fauvergue earned game MVP honours for Laval. Desrosiers, whohails from Gatineau, Que., was solid in a losing effort with sixsaves, including one on a point-blank header in the 61st minute,just moments before UBC’s two quick goals.

Mehrabi and defender Paul Clerc accompanied Cousens on thetournament all-star team for the T-Birds, while Fauvergue andfullback Nafi Dicko-Reynauld merited a spot for the Rouge etOr.

The 2014 CIS championship is set for Nov. 6 to 9 at theUniversity of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown.


First Half
1. LAV Amaury Fauvergue (1) (unassisted), 33rd

Second Half
2. UBC Niall Cousens (1) (unassisted) 51st
3. UBC Milad Mehrabi (2) (Niall Cousens) 62nd
4. UBC Navid Mashinchi (1) (unassisted) 64th

UBC: Luke O’Shea (W, 1 GA, 0 saves, 90:00, 3-0)
LAV: Jean-François Desrosiers (L, 3 GA, 6 saves, 90:00,2-1)

Team Stats
Shots: UBC 9, LAV 1
Shots on net: UBC 9, LAV 1
Corners: UBC 3, LAV 1
Offsides: UBC 3, LAV 1
Fouls: UBC 9, LAV 16
Yellow cards: UBC (Niall Cousens, Greg Smith), LAV (Wagane Ndour,Fabrice Lassonde, M.O. Kuou Dibongue)
Red cards: none

Players of the game:
UBC: Niall Cousens
LAV: Amaury Fauvergue


Tournament MVP: Niall Cousens – UBC
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Ryerson UniversityRams

Tournament All-Stars:
Goalkeeper: Aaron McMurray – UNB
Defence: Casey D’Mello – YRK
Defence: Benjamin Law – UNB
Defence: Paul Clerc – UBC
Defence: Nafi Dicko-Reynauld – LAV
Midfield: Milad Mehrabi – UBC
Midfield: Jonathan Lao – YRK
Midfield: Maxime Laurey – MTL
Midfield: Amaury Fauvergue – LAV
Midfield: Alex Bratelic – RYE
Forward: Niall Cousens – UBC


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 1, Saskatchewan 0 (4-2 PK)

Sunday, Nov. 10
11:00 Bronze medal: UNB 1, York 0 (5-4 PK)
14:00 Championship final: UBC 3, Laval 1

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