The UNB Varsity Reds men's soccer team has ended their season with a fifth-place finish at the CIS national championship in PEI this week, defeating Montreal's Carabins 2-1.
It was a chilly day in Charlottetown with temperatures right around the freezing mark, and the two teams struggled against winds that gusted up to 70 km/h and sometimes gave the ball a mind of its own.
The Varsity Reds, fresh off a decisive 3-0 win against Alberta yesterday, opened the scoring first with a goal from Kenneth Van Aarle around the 13th minute. Van Aarle sat out the first game of the national championship after receiving a red card in the AUS final.
It would be Van Aarle who scored UNB's second goal as well, beating Montreal keeper Samuel Dufort once more at 41:20.
The Carabins came back out in the second half with renewed determination, and they would indeed get one back when Vincent Perret found the net around the 65th minute. Varsity Reds keeper Brandon Eagle, who subbed in for Aaron McMurray at the half, got a good piece of it but couldn't hold on.
That would be the last time either team would put one in the net, and the game would end with the Varsity Reds winning 2-1.
UNB finishes the year with a 2-1 record at nationals for the second consecutive year. In total, they lost only one game since setting foot on the field this season, with a 11-0-2 record in the regular season and a 4-1-0 record in championship play.
The Varsity Reds graduate some key members of their team. Consistent goal-scorer and October Athlete of the Month Shea Nordheim, team captain Alexandre Haiart and stellar goalkeeper Aaron McMurray all played their last ever game in the V-Reds jersey.
UNB head coach Miles Pinsent says he's incredibly proud of everyone's performance this year.
"I couldn't have asked for a better group of players to have the opportunity to work with," he said. "This team has worked hard for the past few years and are seeing the results of that hard work. We're now looking forward to a strong season in 2015."