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Scheduled Game: @Saint Marys at CIS Championship - Edmonton

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Game Recap

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Thursday, November 9, 2006
TWU Spartans (3) vs the Saint Mary’s University Huskies (1)


The second year forward scores twice as TWU moves on with 3-1 win.

Nathan Pogue was all the offence the Trinity Western University Spartans team needed as he scored two goals and set-up another en route to a 3-1 win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies in the first quarter-final game at the CIS Men’s soccer championship at Clarke Park in Edmonton.

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The Spartans, two-time defending Canada West champions, owned the first half recording 12 shots on goal and slipping two past Huskies’ ‘keeper Stephen Paiano.

“Our boys played extremely well. Especially Nathan Pogue (2nd, Seaside, Oregon)and Adrian Kekec  (3rd, Burnaby, BC) up front they did a superb job of get the ball on to their feet and the worked in combination extremely well, which made it very tough on the Saint Mary’s defenders,” said TWU Head Coach Al Alderson. “We were able to get our midfielders the ball and we were able to spray it out to Stefan, spray it out to Justin Cordick which made us real dangerous all over the place.”

After a flurry of chances in the opening 20 minutes, Nathan Pogue notched his first when he found himself all alone in the Saint Mary’s 18-yard box and hit a hard shot to the far side corner, around a helpless Paiano. was at it again in the 34 minute, this time stripping a Huskie defender of the ball deep in Saint Mary’s territory and feeding Adrian Kekec whose one-time shot curled around a maze of bodies and into the net for a commanding two goal lead at the half.

Matthew D’Angelo got the Huskies on the board and into the game in the 55th minute when he tapped home a rebound inside the six-yard box thanks to a great far post cross from team mate Giuseppe Scichilone.

The Saint Mary’s tally swung the momentum their way as they began to pour the pressure on the Spartan defence and looked like they might level the score.  To that point the Huskies had two shots on goal, they doubled their efforts within 10 minutes of D’Angelo’s strike and picked up four corner kicks as a result of their newfound ability to pressure the Trinity defence into mistakes.  The Saint Mary’s defence also stepped up their game in the second half.  After getting blistered for 12 shots on goal in the first, Saint Mary’s gave up just four shots on goal in the second. 

“Our service wasn’t as good to start the second half. We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be. We were also missing a gap in front of their defenders. In the first half we found that spot real well in the second half we didn’t find that spot, so it meant that the ball kept ending up on the defenders feet. And then they were coming back at us,” commented Alderson on the teams slow start in the second half. “The other part was that Saint Mary’s stepped it up a lot and did a much better job of finding the second ball. In the first half we probably won every second ball. This is a work rate issue and a concentration issue. So we came out not quite as sharp in terms of our distribution and not quite as sharp in finding the second ball and that is why it hurt us for a little bit.”

The Spartans took advantage of the one defensive mistake the Huskies made in the second half when Pogue picked up a loose ball in the midfield, made a move around his defender and fired a low hard shot from 20 yards out that skipped under a diving Paiano for 3-1 lead in the 70th minute.

What remained of the Huskie resolve disappeared when Pogue scored the insurance marker and neither team mounted much offence with the Spartans content to hold possession and salt away the remaining the 20 minutes of play in the minus 14 weather at Clarke Park in Edmonton.

“We remember very, very deeply the two games that we were ahead and ended up losing them in Penalty’s at last years championship,” commented Alderson. “So today we put Jason Flint and Mirco Maras upfront and between them and our midfielders we killed ten minutes off of the clock and they weren’t even able to get the ball into our end of the field. That was fantastic. We did exactly what we called for in our game plan. The boys did really well today.”

The win means that Trinity Western (3-0 in playoffs) will advance to the CIS men’s soccer semi-final against either the undefeated Montreal Carabins, who defeated the University of Toronto 2-1 in overtime.  Semi-Final #1 will take place at 10:00 a.m. MST at Foote Field.

TWU keeper Tyler DeJong played the full match for the Spartans to earn the shut-out victory.

The Huskies will face the loser of the University of Toronto at 10:00 a.m. at Clarke Park.


TWU 2-1
SMU 0-1

First Half:
1. Trinity Western: Nathan Pogue, 27th
2. Trinity Western: Adrian Kekec, 34th

Second Half:
3. Saint Mary’s: Matthew D’Angelo, 55th
4. Trinity Western: Nathan Pogue, 70th

Trinity Western: Tyler DeJong (W, 1 GA, 3 saves, 90 mins)
Saint Mary’s: Stephen Paiano (L, 3 GA, 13 saves, 90 mins)

Shots on net by: TWU (16), SMU (4)
Corner kicks by: TWU (5), SMU (4)
Offsides by: TWU (4), SMU (0)
Fouls by: TWU (7), SMU (8)
Yellow cards by: TWU (0), SMU (1)
Red cards by: TWU (0), SMU (0)

Game MVPs:
Trinity Western: Nathan Pogue
Saint Mary’s: Kyle Crook

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (all times LOCAL / Mountain Time)

Participating teams

AUS champions: UNB Varsity Reds (7-3-3 regular season, 3-0 playoffs)
AUS finalists: Saint Mary’s Huskies (7-3-3 regular season, 2-1 playoffs)
QSSF champions: Montreal Carabins (9-0-3 regular season, 2-0 playoffs)
QSSF finalists: Laval Rouge et Or (5-1-6 regular season, 1-1 playoffs)
OUA champions: Western Ontario Mustangs (9-2-3 regular season, 3-0 playoffs)
OUA finalists: Toronto Varsity Blues (8-3-3 regular season, 3-1 playoffs)
Canada West champions: Trinity Western Spartans (7-5-2 regular season, 2-0 playoffs)
Hosts: Alberta Golden Bears (9-0-5 regular season, 0-2 playoffs)

Thursday, Nov. 9

10:00 Quarter-final #1: Trinity Western 3, Saint Mary’s 1
10:00 Quarter-final #2: Montreal 2 vs. Toronto 1 OT
13:00 Quarter-final #3: UNB vs. Laval
13:00 Quarter-final #4: Western Ontario vs. Alberta

Friday, Nov. 10

10:00 Consolation #1: Saint Mary’s vs. Toronto
13:00 Consolation #2: Loser QF #3 vs. Loser QF #4

10:00 Semi-final #1: Trinity Western vs. Montreal
13:00 Semi-final #2: Winner QF #3 vs. Winner QF #4

Saturday, Nov. 11

13:00 5th place

Sunday, Nov. 12

10:00 Bronze medal
13:00 Championship final

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