Mohammad scores OT winner, UNB edges Saskatchewan

Mohammad scores OT winner,  UNB edges Saskatchewan

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."

 It would remain 1-1 for the remainder of regulation and the teams were forced to play an extra 30 minutes, as the golden goal rule is not in effect at the CIS tourney.
 

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.

 The Varsity Reds were able to maintain their 2-1 lead until the final whistle.
 
"When you lose, especially in a national tournament, it's disappointing," said Huskies head coach Chapman. "A lot of our guys played well and they did a lot of things that we asked them to do."

Mohammad and Saskatchewan centre back Jordian Farahani were name players of the game.

 

SCORING SUMMARY:

UNB: 1-0-0-1: 2 (OT)

SSK: 1-0-0-0: 1

First Half

1. SSK Brett Levis (1) (unassisted), 7th 

2. UNB Oliver Jones (1) (unassisted), 28th 

 Second Half

(no scoring)

Extra Time (2 X 15 mins – no golden goal)

3. UNB Yousuf Mohammad (1) (penalty kick), 105th 

Goalkeepers:

UNB: Aaron McMurray (W, 1 GA, 4 saves, 120:00, 1-0)

SSK: Michal bandula (L, 2 GA, 8 saves, 120:00, 0-1)

Team Stats

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

 Players of the game:

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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