Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sports information
November 8, 2013, FREDERICTON (ISN) – Freshman Charles Arsenault of Bonaventure, Que., scored the shootout winner as the Laval Rouge et Or advanced to the gold-medal final of the CIS men’s soccer championship for the third time in program history thanks to a 1-0 semifinal victory over the tournament host New Brunswick Varsity Reds, Friday evening at the BMO field.
Laval will face the defending national champion UBC Thunderbirds for the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy Sunday at 2 p.m. AST, while UNB 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 Final Four comprised entirely of 2013 conference champions.
The Rouge et Or settled for silver in 2007 in their first appearance in the CIS final, which ended with a 2-1 loss to the Thunderbirds. The RSEQ powerhouse made good on its second chance however, defeating McGill 3-2 two years later in an all-Quebec championship match.
For their part, the T-Birds are 12-4 all-time in the CIS gold-medal game, including their record 12th Davidson Trophy triumph – eight more than any other team – a year ago on Laval’s home turf in Quebec City. The Rouge et Or then settled for fourth place.
With the score 0-0 after regulation time, Laval and UNB were forced to play 30 minutes of extra time, something the V-Reds had done with success in Thursday’s quarter-final round when they edged Saskatchewan 2-1 thanks to a penalty kick by Yousuf Mohammad in the 105th minute.
Against the Rouge et Or, the locals dominated the second 15-minute extra period but weren’t able to put one past sophomore keeper Jean-Francois Desrosiers of Gatineau, Que., sending the affair to kicks.
In the shootout, Desrosiers’ counterpart Aaron McMurray of London, Ont., was the first to shine, diving to his right to stone Laval’s first shooter, all-Canadian striker Patrice Dion. Desrosiers responded right away however with a save to his left off a Mohammad shot.
Following a Rouge et Or goal, Alexandre Haiart hit the post to the left of Desrosiers, quieting the home crowd of 1,200.
The teams then exchanged four straight markers, leaving Laval with a 3-2 advantage after four rounds. With a chance to send his squad to the gold-medal game, Arsenault calmly stepped up to the spot and hit the back of the net to McMurray’s right.
Laval head coach Samir Ghrib, who led Laval to the national title in 2009, expected this type of game against the home team.
“We knew coming into this match that it wasn’t going to be easy, especially playing a team with their home crowd behind them, and they didn’t disappoint.”
As for UNB bench boss Miles Pinsent, who leads a program which won its lone CIS crown back in 1980 when the tournament was also held in Fredericton, he was at a loss for words after the tough defeat.
“We worked so hard in this game, but it just wasn’t our time.”
The first half was back and forth, with Laval holding a slight edge in play. The shots were tied at three all after 45 minutes.
The second period was much of the same as both squads battled hard to get the first goal. The game got a little rough as each team was handed their fair share of cards after the break.
The best chance of the second went to Laval with 18 minutes remaining in regulation as the visitors had a partial break away but defender Ken Van Aarle forced a key turnover.
There was a bit of a scare for UNB towards the end of regulation as midfielder Amir Razak went down with what looked like a bad knee injury. Razak has had previous injuries to his knees throughout his career, but thankfully for the V-Reds he walked off on his own and headed to the bench.
In extra time, UNB was handed a foul, but Laval couldn’t get their free kick through the wall.
The first overtime only generated one strong chance and that came from Mohammad, who had a semi-breakaway but was unable to finish.
Towards the end of the second OT, Razak came back on the field and that seemed to spark his team for the remainder of the game.
Player of the games were Nafi Dicko Raynauld and Kenneth Van Arle for UNB.
- LAV: 0-0-0-0: 1 (4-2 kicks)
- UNB: 0-0-0-0: 0
- (no scoring)
- (no scoring)
Extra time (2 X 15 mins – no golden goal)
- (no scoring)
- 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
Sunday, Nov. 10
- 11:00 Bronze medal: York vs. UNB
- 14:00 Championship final: UBC vs. Laval
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