Nov 07, 2014
By Nick Murray, Communications Liaison 2014 CIS championship / Photo credit Mike Needham, UPEI Photography
CHARLOTTETOWN (CIS) – The UNB Varsity Reds rebounded after a heartbreaking loss on kicks in Thursday’s quarter-finals to defeat the Alberta Golden Bears 3-0 in the first consolation game of the CIS men’s soccer championship at UPEI Turf, Friday morning.
It was often bad-tempered affair, marred in the first half by a number of late tackles and ultimately a red card for the Golden Bears David King, but things settled down in the second half and UNB were able to exploit the one-man advantage, scoring all their goals after the break.
The first half saw few chances, as defences remained solid, but once tired legs started to set in for the Golden Bears gaps began to appear, and in the 69th minute second-team all-Canadian Marcus Lees dispossessed Tyler Graham in the penalty area and his close-range finish gave second-half substitute goalkeeper Myles Gruning no chance from close range.
Seven minutes before injury time, Patrick Cormier, who had only been on for a couple of minutes, all but sealed the victory when he scored with a low shot into the corner.
Kenneth Van Aarle made it 3-0 in the dying moments to secure UNB’s spot in the fifth-place game, Saturday at 11 a.m. AST.
Lees was delighted with his team’s response from their loss the previous day.
“It was important to get out there and play with pride, and I think we did that very well. It was important that we kept our season alive, and we showed a great spirit and resolve to come back from yesterday’s disappointment.”
Varsity Reds captain Alexandre Haiart echoed that sentiment.
“We wanted our season to continue and to show our school that we have fight and determination, and we did that really well today. Coach asked us what we wanted to do, we told him we wanted to play on, and it is a nice opportunity for us now to end the season on a winning note.”
UNB 0-3: 3
ALB 0-0: 0
UNB Marcus Lees (1), 69th
UNB Patrick Cormier (1) (Marcus Lees), 81st
UNB Kenneth Van Aarle (1), 83rd
UNB: Brandon Eagle (W, 0 GA, 2 saves, 90:00, 1-0)
ALB: Connor James (0 GA, 0 saves, 45:00, 0-1)
ALB: Myles Gruning (L, 3 GA, 3 saves, 45:00, 0-1)
Shots: UNB 8, ALB 7
Shots on net: UNB 6, ALB 2
Corners: UNB 3, ALB 2
Offsides: UNB 1, ALB 1
Fouls: UNB 11, ALB 13
Yellow cards: UNB (Alexandre Haiart); ALB (Jermele Campbell)
Red cards: ALB (David King)
Players of the game:
UNB: Alexandre Haiart
ALB: CJ Gilroy
SCHEDULE & RESULTS (ATLANTIC TIME)
Thursday, Nov. 6
11:00 Quarter-final 1: McMaster 2, UNB 1 (3-2 PK)
13:30 Quarter-final 2: UQAM 2, Alberta 1
16:00 Quarter-final 3: York 1, Montreal 0 (OT)
19:00 Quarter-final 4: UPEI 2, Saskatchewan 0 (OT)
Friday, Nov. 7
11:00 Consolation 1: UNB 3, Alberta 0
13:30 Consolation 2: Montreal vs. Saskatchewan (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Semifinal 1: McMaster vs. UQAM (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Semifinal 2: York vs. UPEI (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, Nov. 8
11:00 5th-place game: UNB vs. TBD (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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