FREDERICTON (CIS) – The host team, and AUS champs UNB Varsity Reds hosted the second semi-final of the day against the Laval Rouge et Or. It was tied at zero heading into a shootout when Laval goalkeeper Jean- Francois Desrosiers made two huge saves to send Laval off to the National Championship.
Head coach for the UNB Varsity Reds, Miles Pinsent had very few words after the tough loss "We worked so hard in this game, but it just wasn't our time."
The first half was back and forth, but by the end of it Laval had a slight edge of play on the Varsity Reds. The shots were tied at 3 after the first 45 minutes.
The second half was much of the same as both squads battled hard to get the first goal. The game got a little rough as each team was handed their fair share of cards in the second half. The best chance of the second went to Laval as they had a partial break away but V- Reds player Ken Van Aarle forced a huge turnover from Laval and kept it scoreless with about 18 minutes to play.
There was a bit of a scare for UNB towards the end of the half as midfielder Amir Razak went down with what looked like a bad knee injury. Razak has had previous injuries to his knees throughout his career, but thankfully for UNB he walked off on his own and headed to the bench.
In extra time, UNB was handed a foul, but Laval couldn't get their free kick through the Varsity Reds wall.
This was the second straight match where UNB was forced to go to overtime, but this time they had a chance to advance to the gold medal game.
The first overtime only generated one strong chance and that came from UNB's Yousuf Mohammad, who had a semi break away but was unable to finish.
In between the two overtimes a UNB fan streaked across the field in what seemed to be a snowsuit, to get the rest of the crowd cheering for the home team, and it seemed to work. The Varsity Reds started the final 15 minutes off with great pressure in the Laval zone, but once again came away with nothing.
Towards the end of the second overtime Amir Razak came back on the field after suffering the knee injury earlier in the game, and that seemed to spark his team for the remainder of the game.
Head coach of Laval Samir Ghrib, expected this type of game from UNB "We knew coming into this match that it wasn't going to be easy, especially playing a team with their home crowd behind them, and they didn't disappoint."
The match was still tied after the two overtimes with UNB leading with 5 shots over Laval's 3, not to mention the ref let the teams play during the final 30 minutes.
In the end Laval won it in a shootout in dramatic fashion as their goalkeeper saved 4 of the five shots to win the game in penalty kicks.
Player of the game for Laval was Nafi Dicko Raynauld who played a great match.
Player of the game for UNB was Kenneth Van Arle.
Laval gets back on the field Sunday at 2:00pm (AST) in search of their second ever National Championship, against the reigning National Champions, the UBC Thunderbirds. UNB moves to the bronze medal game on Sunday at 11:00am (AST) versus the York Lions.
For the second semi-final game of the tournament, the attendance was over 800 at BMO field to watch the home team play.
LAV: 0-1-1-1-1: 1 (4-2 kicks)
UNB: 0-0: 0-0-1-1: 0
Extra time (2 X 15 mins – no golden goal)
LAV- Patrick Dion, saved (Aaron McMurray)
UNB- Yousuf Mohammad, saved (Jean Francois Desrosiers)
LAV- Bila Dicko-Raynauld, Goal
UNB- Alex Hairat, post
LAV- Amaury Fauvergue, Goal
UNB- Amir Razak, Goal
LAV- Wagane Ndour, Goal
UNB- Steve Miller. Goal
LAV- Charles Arsenault, Goal
UNB – did not kick
LAV: Jean- Francois Desrosiers(W, 0GA, 4 saves, 90:00, 2-0)
UNB: Aaron McMurray (L, 1 GA, 0 saves, 90:00, 1-1)
Shots: LAV 5, UNB 5
Corners: LAV 7, UNB 3
Fouls: LAV 9, UNB 14
Yellow cards: LAV 1, UNB 2
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
LAV: Nafi Dicko Raynauld
UNB: Ken Van Arle
SCHEDULE & RESULTS (ATLANTIC TIME)
Thursday, Nov. 7
11:00 Quarter-final 1: YRK 3, SMU 0 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Quarter-final 2: UBC 1 vs. MTL 0 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Quarter-final 3: LAV 3 vs. RYE 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Quarter-final 4: UNB 2 vs. SSK 1 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Friday, Nov. 8
11:00 Consolation 1: SMU 0 vs. MTL 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Consolation 2: RYE 2 vs. SSK 3 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Semifinal 1: YRK 1 vs. UBC 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Semifinal 2: UNB 0 vs. LAV 1 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, Nov. 9
14:30 5th place game – MTL vs. SSK (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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