UNB had a very successful, challenging, and exciting 2015 season.
The Varsity Reds continue to prove that they are one of the premiere university soccer programs in Canada.
UNB started the season with a number of injuries, and dropped its first two games of the season. The VReds were able to overcome the slow start, and finished second in the AUS standings with a record of 8 wins, 3 ties, and 2 losses.
At the AUS championship, UNB won their semi-final game against Acadia, by a score of 1-0. This moved them into the final, against Cape Breton University.
The Varsity Reds prevailed as champions, with a 2-1 victory, UNB's third consecutive conference title, and the 16th in the team's history.
After the Varsity Reds success in conference play, they shifted their focus to the CIS championship tournament, at York University, in Toronto.
UNB met the University of Victoria in the quarter-finals.
The Varsity Reds started timidly, and found themselves down by a goal less than 20 minutes into the contest. UNB slowly got their game rolling, and took over the majority of play, resulting in the tying goal just before half-time.
UNB went down a goal again, at the 70-minute mark, but roared back to score two goals in the final 5 minutes, to advance to the semi-finals.
The University of Quebec(Montreal) were the next opponent.
This time, UNB would give up two early goals, but came back to tie it before the half.
Robbie Park’s goal, with 15-minutes to play, put UNB up for good and secured their spot in the national championship game.
It was a perfect set-up for the championship match... playing the defending champs, the York Lions, on their home field.
Although the large crowd was mostly York supporters, the UNB fans were by far the loudest.
Unfortunately, UNB’s trend of giving up first-half goals continued into the biggest game of the year.
York’s star striker and tournament MVP, Michael Cox, found enough space to turn and put York ahead, at the 25th minute.
The Varsity Reds were determined to wage their trademark come-back in the second half. Despite dominating possession, and sending wave after wave of attacks toward the York net, they were unable to find the equalizer and had to settle for the silver medal.
UNB is the only team to have qualified for each of the past 4 CIS championships.
During the past 3 national championship tournaments, UNB has won 5 games, tied 3(1 shoot-out victory & 2 shoot-out defeats) and lost one, outscoring their opponents 14-8.
- Marcus Lees: 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-Canadian, CIS Tournament All-Star
- Diego Padilha: 1st Team All-Conference, CIS Tournament All-Star
- Steve Miller: 1st Team All-Conference
- Ken Van Aarle: 2nd Team All-Conference
- Oliver Jones: MVP of the AUS Championships
- Kalen Park: CIS Tournament All-Star