Huge second half lifts UBC to record 13th title


Courtesy of University of New Brunswick sports information

November 10, 2013, FREDERICTON (ISN) – Thanks to a three-goal outburst in the second half, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds defeated the Laval Rouge et Or 3-1 in the gold-medal final of the CIS 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 in Thursday’s opening round and York 2-1 in Friday’s semifinals, end the season with a 17-1 overall mark (conference play & post-season) and on a 16-game winning streak since a 1-0 home 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 Cape Breton 1-0 in last year’s title match in Quebec City. The T-Birds had repeated as national champs five times in the past, winning three straight Davidson Trophies from 1984 to 1986 and four in a row from 1989 to 1992.

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

Laval, crowned RSEQ champions last Sunday, also advanced to today’s contest thanks to a pair of one-goal victories on Thursday and Friday, 3-2 against Ryerson in the quarter-finals and 1-0 on kicks over tournament host UNB in the semis.

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

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

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

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

Whatever Mosher told his troops at the halftime break, it worked.

Niall Cousens, a freshman from Vancouver who scored a remarkable four goals in last Sunday’s Canada West final against Saskatchewan, tied the affair in the 51st minute on a strike from the right side of the box which left no chance to keeper Jean-François Desrosiers.

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

Milad Mehrabi gave UBC the lead in the 62nd. Left all alone on the 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 ball but 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 tournament MVP, picked up an assist on the play.

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

“Even though we are rebuilding our team I am extremely proud of the guys,” said Laval coach Samir Ghrib, whose squad hadn’t tasted defeat since its conference opener on September 6, a 1-0 setback against UQTR. “It’s part of the learning process. Life goes on.”

Fauvergue earned game MVP honours for Laval. Desrosiers, who hails from Gatineau, Que., was solid in a losing effort with six saves, 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 the tournament all-star team for the T-Birds, while Fauvergue and fullback Nafi Dicko-Reynauld merited a spot for the Rouge et Or.

The 2014 CIS championship is set for Nov. 6 to 9 at the University 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 University Rams

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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