UNB wins second consecutive AUS championship

UNB wins second consecutive AUS championship

The UNB Varsity Reds mens soccer team has won their second consecutive AUS championship banner, topped the Cape Breton Capers 2-1 in the final game at Memorial University.

The first-seeded Varsity Reds, who ended regular season play undefeated, came out strong in the first half. Striker Oliver Jones picked up a header from Matt Mountney and drove it past Capers keeper Josh Lines from the six-yard line.

It would be Jones who would score the second goal for UNB as well, with a glancing header off a pass from Steve Miller. 

The game took a dramatic turn when UNB's Kenneth Van Aarle picked up a red card around the 65th minute. The Varsity Reds would play the remainder of the game a man down.

Cape Breton got on the board with a goal from Stuart Heath around minute 85, but UNB would hold steady to claim the AUS title.

Jones was named tournament MVP. He's quick to share the credit for UNB's win with the rest of his teammates. 

"I think the semi-final showed how well we can play," Jones said. "We're feeling confident going into nationals, and are going to take advantage of a bit of rest."

In goal for the V-Reds was Aaron McMurray. McMurray, who was named Player of the Game, says playing thirty minutes with a man down was intense.

"I had to stay mentally focussed for the whole time. There was never a second I could switch off," McMurray said. "But I owe a lot to the guys out there. They did everything they could to keep the ball away and make it an easy save for me."

UNB head coach Miles Pinsent says he couldn't be prouder of the way his squad has performed today. He says the turnaround to nationals will be quick but that the team knows what to expect.
"We'll be excited to go out there and challenge ourselves against the other best teams in the country," he said. "Every team will be very good. And we'll be in every game with a chance to win it."
The CIS men's soccer championship kicks off at UPEI in Charlotteown on November 6.