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Scheduled Game: @Montreal at CIS National Championship in Edmonton

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Friday, November 10, 2006
TWU Spartans (2) vs. the University of Montreal Carabins (1)

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SPARTANS ARE HEADING TO GOLD MEDAL MATCH
-Adrian Kekec scores twice as Spartans defeat Carabins 2-1

EDMONTON
– Third year forward Adrian Kekec (3rd, Burnaby, B.C.) put on a display of scoring as he scored two first half goals to give the Canada West champion Trinity Western University Spartans a 2-1 win over the QSFF champions and previously undefeated University of Montreal Carabins in the first semi-final game at the CIS men’s soccer championship at Foote Field.

Championship web site: www.universitysport.ca/e/championships/m_soccer/2006/

“It was a great game today. You had to very good teams on the field today. Montreal played really well, they are talented, they work very hard, they are well organized and they are well coached,” said TWU Head Coach Al Alderson. “I love how were able to manage pressure. We have done a great job of getting goals early this year and we played it through and played the full ninety.”

Despite the -7 C temperature and the high winds the two squads played a highly entertaining fast paced match.  The Carabins had the greater number of scoring opportunities, but it was Kekec who made the difference in the match. “Both Adrian and Nathan did a great job of working together today and creating opportunities for each other,” said Alderson.

Montreal had a good portion of the opportunities in the early going. In the 11th minute the Carabins Boubacar Coulibaly (5th yr, Bamako, Mali) free kick was headed to the top of the Spartans net, but TWU keeper Tyler DeJong (2nd yr, Abbotsford, B.C.) as able to get a hand on the ball and deflect it over the bar.

Three minutes later midfielder Marc-Andre Bonenfant (2nd year, Montreal) broke in on the left side, but DeJong as able to make a quality stop on the difficult shot by Bonenfant.

Then in the 24th minute, after the Spartans had withstood the Carabin’s pressure, TWU was able to spring Kekec open down the left hand side of the park. Kekec was brilliant as he pushed the ball around the Montreal outside back to go in alone on Montreal keeper Gerardo Argento (2nd yr, Montreal). Argento had near perfect position against Kekec. But from a tight angle Kekec left-footed a rocket into the corner of the top right cross-bar and post and into the back of the Montreal net to give TWU the 1-0 lead.

http://www.twu.ca/athletics/images/mens-soccer/ms-2006-07/action-squares/nick-2x3-mont.jpgKekec’s second goal came in the 30th minute. TWU’s Justin Cordick sent a through ball between the Carabin’s defenders and into open space. Kekec ran the ball down and slid the ball past Argento and into the left side of the Montreal net.

In the 50th minute it looked like TWU would have a three goal lead. Forward Nathan Pogue (2nd year, Seaside, Ore.) beat Montreal’s Argento and a fellow defender to the ball. From just inside the top left side of the box Pogue flicked the ball over the two players and towards the near post. But as the ball rolled slowly towards the net it turned slightly and bounced harmlessly off of the post and out of touch.

In the 70th minute the Carabins got what they were looking for. Montreal’s Pascal Aoun (Montreal, Que.) took advantage of a break-down it the TWU defense. From just outside the six yard box the third year forward was able to get his foot on the ball and place it neatly into the lower left side of the Spartans net.

“The toughest thing about defending is that you think that you are doing a better job by dropping back further and further. But the reality is that the further that you drop back the more space you give them to play in. It is a natural tendency and it is a really tough on not get into,” said Alderson. “We unfortunately gave ourselves a little more trouble because we allowed them to serve the ball too easily.  And at the end of the game they put a lot of pressure on our defenders.”

Inspired by the goal Montreal increased their work rate and pushed the ball into the TWU side of the pitch. In the 87th minute a Montreal cross into a crowd of players inside the box bounced high in the air and towards Coulibaly. Coulibaly went high and bicycle kicked the ball towards the top of the TWU net. But his am was just off as the ball sailed just over the Spartans net.

Montreal’s final opportunity came in the 94th minute off of a corner kick. In a play that was reminiscent of the final regulation play of TWU’s CIS semi-final loss last year to Toronto, when the Blues keeper scored the tying goal, Montreal keeper Argento moved up into the play as the Carabins prepared for the corner kick. “There is no way this is happening again this year,” commented Alderson.

Montreal sent a dangerous cross to the far post. Montreal midfielder  Nawar Hanna (1st yr, Hassake, Syrie) was able to get his foot on the ball, but his shot was offline as the Spartans held on for the victory.
With the win, Trinity Western University advances to the gold medal match of the national tournament against either the host University of Alberta Golden Bears or the QSFF runner up University of Laval Rouge et Or. The game is scheduled for Sunday, 1 pm. MST at Foote Field.

The Carabins will now play for the Bronze Medal and will face the loser of the Alberta-Laval match at 10 a.m. at Foote Field.

SCORING SUMMARY

TWU 2-01:2
MON 0-1:1

First Half:
1. Trinity Western: Adrian Kekec, 24th
2. Trinity Western: Adrian Kekec, 30th

Second Half:
3. Montreal: Pascal Aoun, 70th

Goalkeepers:
Trinity Western: Tyler DeJong (W, 2 GA, 8 saves, 90:00)
Montreal: Gerardo Argento (L, 2 GA, 4 saves, 90:00)

Shots on net by: TWU (6), MON (9)
Corner kicks by: TWU (4), MON (7)
Offsides by: TWU (0), MON (0)
Fouls by: TWU (20), MON (23)
Yellow cards by: TWU (2), MON (2)
Red cards by: TWU (0), MON (0)

Game MVPs:
Trinity Western: Adrian Kekec
Saint Mary’s: Kyle Crook

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (all times LOCAL / Mountain Time)

Participating teams (records prior to championship)

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

Quarter-final #1: Trinity Western 2, Saint Mary’s 1
Quarter-final #2: Montreal 2, Toronto 1 (OT)
Quarter-final #3: Laval 3, UNB 2
Quarter-final #4: Alberta 2, Western 1 (4-2 PKs)

Friday, Nov. 10

Consolation #1: Saint Mary’s 3, Toronto 0 (Clarke Park)
13:00 Consolation #2: UNB vs. Western Ontario-Clarke Park

10:00 Semi-final #1: Trinity Western 2, Montreal 1 (Foote Field)
13:00 Semi-final #2: Laval 0 vs. Alberta 2 (Foote Field)

Saturday, Nov. 11

13:00 5th place: Saint Mary’s vs. TBA (Foote Field)

Sunday, Nov. 12

10:00 Bronze medal: Montreal vs. Laval
13:00 Championship final: TWU vs. Alberta

- TW-

For more information please contact:

Scott Stewart
Sports Information Director
Trinity Western University
Ph: (604) 513-2123


Matt Gutsch
Sports Information Coordinator
University of Alberta
Ph: (780) 492-7214
uascores@ualberta.ca

Michel Bélanger
Communications manager
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Ph: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334
belanger@universitysport.ca
www.universitysport.ca

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