LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Canada West champion Trinity Western women’s soccer team will open its quest for an unprecedented CIS three-peat this Thursday in the national quarter-finals against the OUA bronze medal winning University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks in Quebec City.
Kickoff for the Spartans quarter-final contest is Nov. 6 at 1:30 ET and the game will be broadcast online at www.CIS-SIC.tv.
This will be the first ever meeting between UOIT and TWU. The winner will play in Friday’s semifinal at 4 p.m. ET against the winner of the quarter-final match between OUA champions Ottawa and RSEQ silver medallists Montreal.
The schedule and quarter-final matchups were announced Monday morning for the 28th CIS women’s soccer championship.
The eight-team tournament, hosted for the second time by Laval University, runs until Sunday at TELUS-UL Stadium with the national final scheduled for 2 p.m. All 11 games from the competition will be webcast live on www.CIS-SIC.tv.
The reigning two-time champion Trinity Western Spartans will get a chance to defend their title after winning the Canada West banner over the weekend. The Spartans, who a year ago tied UBC’s record with their fifth Gladys Bean Memorial Trophy triumph overall, are hoping to become the first program to capture the coveted trophy three seasons in a row.
Joining Trinity Western at the tourney will be the host Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ champions), as well as the Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA champs), Memorial Sea-Hawks (AUS champs), Fraser Valley Cascades (Canada West finalists), Montreal Carabins (RSEQ finalists), Western Mustangs (OUA finalists) and University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks (OUA bronze medallists).
The schedule for Thursday’s quarter-finals includes Montreal vs. Ottawa at 11 a.m., UOIT vs. Trinity Western at 1:30 p.m., Fraser Valley vs. Memorial at 4 p.m., and Western vs. Laval at 6:30 p.m.
Besides the Spartans, who came out on top in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012 and last fall, the only team in the field with a CIS title under its belt is the Gee-Gees, who won the Gladys Bean in 1996.
Montreal is a three-time CIS silver medallist, while Laval and Fraser Valley have one bronze apiece.
Western’s best result is a fourth-place finish. Memorial and UOIT will both make their CIS championship debut this week.
NOTES: Laval previously hosted the tournament in 1997… A complete championship preview will follow Tuesday… The CIS individual awards and all-Canadians will be announced on Wednesday night.
Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wsoc/index
Memorial Sea-Hawks (AUS champions: 9-3-1 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
Laval Rouge et Or (RSEQ champions: 13-1-0 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA champions: 15-1-0 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
Trinity Western Spartans (Canada West champions: 10-1-1 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
Montreal Carabins (RSEQ silver medallists: 9-1-4 regular season / 1-1 playoffs)
Western Mustangs (OUA silver medallists: 13-2-1 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
Fraser Valley Cascades (Canada West silver medallists: 7-2-3 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
UOIT Ridgebacks (OUA bronze medallists: 12-2-2 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
Wednesday, Nov. 5
18:30 All-Canadian Awards Banquet (Museum of Civilization)
Thursday, Nov. 6
11:00 Quarter-final 1: Montreal vs. Ottawa (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Quarter-final 2: UOIT vs. Trinity Western (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Quarter-final 3: Fraser Valley vs. Memorial (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Quarter-final 4: Western vs. Laval (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Friday, Nov. 7
11:00 Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, Nov. 8
11:00 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Sunday, Nov. 9
11:30 Bronze medal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:00 Championship final (www.CIS-SIC.tv)