Thunderbirds defeat SFU 3-0

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UBC Thunderbirds

by Dan Elliott (Manager, Media Relations)

March 19, 2014, VANCOUVER (ISN) – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team defeated Simon Fraser 3-0 Friday night at Thunderbird Stadium. With the victory, UBC won the two-game total aggregate series 6-0 over the Clan. The Thunderbirds beat SFU 3-0 back on Aug. 31 on the Burnaby Mountain campus.

Vancouver native Niall Cousens, the 2013 CIS Tournament Most Valuable Player, led the way for UBC scoring a pair of goals in the victory. Cousens opened the scoring in the 38th minute scoring off a Milad Mehrabi corner which first went off the head of Bryan Fong before Cousens headed it home to put the home side in front 1-0 through 45 mintues of play.

UBC extended its lead in the 71st minute when SFU was called for a penalty on a Thunderbirds corner kick, resulting in a penalty kick. Cousens stepped up and made no mistake for his second goal of the night to make it 2-0 UBC.

“Niall was very, very good in so many ways and I thought Sean Einarsson and Bryan Fong turned in really good showings,” said UBC head coach Mike Mosher. “Both those young guys had really strong fall seasons and I think they seem to get better and better with each passing week.”

Einarsson, the Canada West Rookie of the Year, rounded out the scoring in the 78th minute heading home a free kick off the foot of Navid Mashinchi. 3-0 was the final.

Luke O’Shea earned the shutout in net for UBC.

“I’m really proud of the way in which our guys competed today,” said Mosher. “I thought it was a strong performance despite missing some key pieces from our squad in guys like Paul Clerc and Harry Lakhan. But, that is what a good team does is find other ways to step forward and still battle with the required intensity and desire.”

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