Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sports information
November 10, 2013, FREDERICTON (ISN) – The tournament host University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds reached the CIS podium in men’s soccer for the first time since 1987 thanks to a 1-0 win on kicks (5-4) over the York Lions in the bronze-medal match of the 2013 national championship, Sunday afternoon at the BMO Field.
It marks the fifth top-three finish in program history for the V-Reds, who claimed their lone national title in 1980, the only previous time the event was held in Fredericton. UNB had also tied for third in 1982, 1986 and 1987, when no bronze-medal games were played.
Crowned AUS conference champions this season, the V-Reds had to work extra time in all three of their contests this weekend. They edged Saskatchewan 2-1 in OT in Thursday’s opening round and lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in K to Laval in Friday’s semifinals.
For their part, the OUA champ Lions had crushed Saint Mary’s 3-0 on Thursday before losing 2-1 to UBC in the semis.
In today’s shootout session, both teams scored on their first two attempts before keeper Aaron McMurray of London, Ont., gave UNB the edge with a save against Mark-Anthony Kaye. With the score at 4-4 after nine shooters, Yousuf Mohammad had a chance to seal the victory for the locals but he was robbed by all-Canadian goalie Sotiri Varlokostas.
UNB regained the edge right away however thanks to another McMurray save, this one on Carlos Nogueira, which set the table for Yassin Shehab El Din, who buried the game-winner in the bottom right corner.
“We’re happy because we won the shootout today, but I mean, it was just two days ago we were on the other side of it,” said UNB head coach Miles Pinsent. “It’s a cruel game, and today I liked it a little bit better for sure.”
“Credit to them, they’re a resilient group,” said York head coach Carmine Isacco. “I think they embody what this championship is about; it’s about heart, desire and they were great, honestly, I have nothing but good things to say about what they did today.”
The Lions were clearly the more dominant team in the first half but only managed to get three shots on net in the first 45 minutes of play.
The Varsity Reds came out on fire the second half having many offensive opportunities but were unable to capitalize on any of their chances.
York’s first kicker in the shootout, CIS rookie of the year Jonathan Lao, put the ball past McMurray. Midfielder Victor Karosan answered right back however to tie it at one a piece.
Dylan Sacramento would get the second goal for the Lions, but the Reds once again answered with a goal of their own off of Benjamin Law’s foot.
McMurray then came up big with the save against Kaye. This would be followed by UNB’s Philippe Demers, who put one in for a 3-2 UNB lead.
Daniel Alonzi (York), StevenMiller (UNB) and Benjamin Futoriansky (York) then scored, followed by Mohammad’s miss.
Nogeuira had a great opportunity to put the Lions ahead but McMurray came up huge once again. Yassin Shehab El Din sent the crowd into a frenzy seconds later.
After finishing eighth last season at the Nationals in Quebec City, the Varsity Reds improved their performance this week.
“We’ve played a number of big games over a small period of time – our third game in four days – physically we knew it was starting to take its toll,” said Pinsent. “We wanted to use that [roster] depth, just like we have all season, there was also a priority to make sure some of the graduating guys were on the field.”
Players of the game were George Lawton of London, UK, for UNB and Lao of Unionville, Ont., for York.
UBC and Laval face off in the CIS final at 2 p.m. AST.
- UNB 0-0: 1 (5-4 kicks)
- YRK 0-0: 0
- (no scoring)
- (no scoring)
- YRK Jonathan Lao, goal
- UNB Victor Karosan goal
- YRK Dylan Sacramento, goal
- UNB Benjamin Law, goal
- YRK Mark-Anthony Kaye, saved (Aaron McMurray)
- UNB Philippe Demers, goal
- YRK Daniel Alonzi, goal
- UNB Steven Miller, goal
- YRK Benajmin Futoriansky, goal
- UNB Yousuf Mohammad, saved (Sotiri Varlokostas)
- YRK Carlos Nogueira, saved (Aaron McMurray)
- UNB Yassin Shehas El Din, goal
- UNB: Aaron McMurray (W, 0 GA, 5 saves, 90:00, 2-1)
- YRK: Sotiri Varlokostas (L, 0 GA, 7 saves, 90:00, 1-2)
- Shots on net: UNB 7, YRK 5
- Corners: UNB 6, YRK 6
- Offsides: UNB 1, YRK 0
- Fouls: UNB 8, YRK 9
- Yellow cards: UNB (George Lawton, Shea Nordheim), YRK (Benjamin Futoriansky, Dylan Sacramento)
- Red cards: none
Players of the game:
- UNB: George Lawton
- YRK: Jonathan Lao
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 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 vs. Laval
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