FREDERICTON (CIS) – Yousuf Mohammad of Toronto scored on a penalty kick in overtime to lift the tournament host University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds to a thrilling 2-1 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies in the last quarter-final matchup of the CIS men's soccer championship, Thursday night, in front of a partisan crowd of 1,200 at the BMO field.
In Friday's Final Four, comprised entirely of conference champions, UNB will face the Laval Rouge et Or in the nightcap at 6:30 p.m. Atlantic Time, while defending national titlist UBC will square off against York in the early semifinal at 4:30 p.m. AT.
For their part, the Huskies, in their first-ever appearance at the CIS tourney, will resume play on the consolation side of the draw Friday at 1 p.m. against Ryerson. The other consolation semifinal will see Saint Mary's battle Montreal at 11 a.m.
The Canada West finalists got off to a great start and went up 1-0 only seven minutes in after Saskatoon native Brett Levis shot the ball from the 25-yard line and put it to the top left corner over UNB goalkeeper Aaron McMurray.
"It silenced a very great atmosphere [and] a big crowd," said Saskatchewan head coach Bryce Chapman.
But his Huskies would be shut down the rest of the night.
Oliver Jones, a second-year striker from London, UK, scored in the 28th minute to tie the game for the V-Reds. Jones pushed the ball up and took a kick from inside the six-yard line where he was able to put it in the back of the net.
"There's been a long build-up for this day, and I think the size of that moment kind of impacted the guys a little bit in the first 15 minutes," said UNB head coach Miles Pinsent. "Once we let the boys go in and the boys started to relax I think we did much better."
In the dying moments of the first 15-minute extra frame, Mohammad, a fifth-year senior, stepped up to the penalty kick spot and made no mistake.
Mohammad and Saskatchewan centre back Jordian Farahani were name players of the game.
UNB: 1-0-0-1: 2 (OT)
SSK: 1-0-0-0: 1
1. SSK Brett Levis (1) (unassisted), 7th
2. UNB Oliver Jones (1) (unassisted), 28th
Extra Time (2 X 15 mins – no golden goal)
3. UNB Yousuf Mohammad (1) (penalty kick), 105th
UNB: Aaron McMurray (W, 1 GA, 4 saves, 120:00, 1-0)
SSK: Michal bandula (L, 2 GA, 8 saves, 120:00, 0-1)
Shots: UNB 10, SSK 5
Shots on net: UNB 10, SSK 5
Corners: UNB 5, SSK 6
Offsides: UNB 3, SSK 0
Fouls: UNB 11, SSK 7
Yellow cards: UNB (Benjamin Law), SSK (Eoin McFadden, Jordian Farahani, Brandon Holmes)
Red cards: none
UNB: Yousuf Mohammad
SSK: Jordian Farahani
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: Saint Mary's vs. Montreal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Consolation 2: Ryerson vs. Saskatchewan (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Semifinal 1: York vs. UBC (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Semifinal 2: Laval vs. UNB (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, Nov. 9
14:30 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Sunday, Nov. 10
11:00 Bronze medal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:00 Championship final (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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