Box Score

Scheduled Game: Western@CIS National Championship - UBC


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Game Date: 11/8/2007Location: Vancouver, BC
Game Time: 10:30 amAttendance: 87
Western OntarioTrinity Western
Goal Scorer(s)Haidar Al-Shaibani (21) - 120:00
Total Goals Scored00
Penalty Goals53
Shots On Target27
Total Shots1516
Corner Kicks46
Penalties Conceded00
Red Cards00
Yellow Cards00
Other Fouls00
Western Ontario
Trinity Western

Game Recap

Game Recap

Men's Soccer (CIS National Championship)
Thursday, November 08, 2007
TWU Spartans (0) vs. the University of Western Ontario Mustangs (1) - Shoot-out



VANCOUVER - The Trinity Western University men's soccer team's quest for a national title came to a sudden halt Thursday afternoon in Vancouver. The Spartans were the better team during regulation and overtime, but it was the University of Western Ontario that came away with the 1-0 shoot-out (5-4) victory. With the loss the three-time Canada West Champions are relegated to the consolation side of the draw.

"Western is a very organized team defensively and they were able to get the game into penalty kicks and we came out on the wrong end," said Spartans head coach Al Alderson. "We were so close so many times you sort of had the feeling that if there was going to be a goal in regulation or overtime that it was going to be the Spartans. Unfortunately it went to the penalty kicks where anyone can win."
First team all-Canadian goalie Haidar Al-Shaibani shined in the shootout to lift the Mustangs over the Spartans in the opening game of the 2007 CIS men's soccer championship.

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The fourth-year keeper dove to his left to stop Spartans midfielder Patrick Kelly in the third round of penalty kicks, then sent the Mustangs through to the semifinals by rocketing the 5-3 clincher past his counterpart, rookie Andrew Fink.

The Mustangs are no strangers to shootouts. They beat Brock on PKs in the OUA quarterfinals and lost to York in the OUA finals in the same manner.

Western will face the winner of Cape Breton and Laval, which kicked off at Point Grey turf at 1 p.m. PST. York and Saint Mary's do battle at Wolfson Field on the UBC campus at 1:30 p.m., while the host UBC Thunderbirds square off with Montreal at 7 p.m. at Thunderbird Stadium.

For the Canada West champion Spartans, it was a bitter loss. Trinity Western is the three-time reigning conference champions and had won CIS silver in 2006 and bronze in 2005. They ran away atop the standings this season at 11-2-1.

The Spartans fired eight shots on net to just two for the Mustangs through 120 minutes of regulation and overtime. Third-year midfielder Nathan Square-Briggs likely had the best chance to end the game before the shootout, but his header in close in the 104th was denied by a diving Al-Shaibani.

In the shootout, Fink almost stopped Steve Meagher's third-round attempt, but it went off his hand and in. Paul Arnold, Kyle Washington and Paul Seymour also scored for the Mustangs, while Trinity Western got goals from Justin Farenik, Justin Cordick and Adrian Kekec.


UWO 0-0-0:1 (5-3 PK)
TWU 0-0-0:0

First half
No scoring.

Second half
No scoring.

No scoring.

UWO, Paul Arnold, goal
TWU, Justin Farenik, goal
UWO, Kyle Washington, goal
TWU, Justin Cordick, goal
UWO, Steve Meagher, goal
TWU, Patrick Kelly, saved
UWO, Paul Seymour, goal
TWU, Adrian Kekec, goal
UWO, Haidar Al-Shaibani, goal

UWO: Haidar Al-Shaibani (W, 0 GA, 8 saves, 120 mins)
TWU: Andrew Fink (L, 0 GA, 2 saves, 120 mins)

Shots: UWO 15, TWU 15
Shots on net: UWO 2, TWU 8
Corners: UWO 4, TWU 6
Offsides: UWO 0, TWU 2
Fouls: UWO 7, TWU 10
Cards: UWO (Paul Arnold, YC)


Thursday, Nov. 8
Quarter-final #1: Western Ontario 1, Trinity Western 0 (5-3 PK)
1:00 pm Quarter-final #2: Cape Breton vs. Laval
1:30 pm Quarter-final #3: York vs. Saint Mary's
7:00 pm Quarter-final #4: UBC vs. Montreal

Friday, Nov. 9
11:00 am Consolation #1: Trinity Western vs. Loser QF #2
1:30 pm Consolation #2: Loser QF #3 vs. Loser QF #4

Saturday, Nov. 10
10:00 am 5th place game
11:00 am Semi-final #1: Western Ontario vs. Winner QF #2
1:30 pm Semi-final #2: Winner QF #3 vs. Winner QF #4

Sunday, Nov. 11
11:00 am Bronze medal
1:30 pm Championship final





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