QF #3 CIS men’s soccer championship: Greedy the hero in extra time, Capers off to semis
Photo credit Gordon Lee, Victoria
VICTORIA (CIS) – All-Canadian forward Ian Greedy scored a dramatic goal in the final minute of extra time to lift the Cape Breton Capers to a 2-1 win over the McMaster Marauders in the third quarter-final match of the CIS men’s soccer championship at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium, on Thursday evening.
With the victory, the Capers advanced to the national Final Four for the first time in school history, in only their third all-time appearance at the CIS tournament. In Friday’s second semifinal at 7 p.m. PST, they will face either host Victoria or Montreal, who face off later on Thursday to close out opening day.
The OUA champion Marauders move to the consolation side of the draw and will play the losers of Victoria-Montreal at 1:30 p.m.
Saint Mary’s and Alberta face off in the other semifinal at 4:30 p.m.
The game-winner from Greedy, a sophomore from Lower Sackville, N.B., was a low driving blast off a corner kick from Jason Massie of Rainhill, England.
“I am really excited right now to score the game winning goal in overtime,” said the second-team CIS all-star, who was third in AUS scoring this fall with 11 markers in 13 games. “Everyone jumped on me so, it was really exciting.”
“I was writing down my penalty kick selections and I just kind of threw them up in the air,” Capers head coach Robbie Chiasson added.
McMaster scored three minutes into the second half to take the lead on a goal from senior fullback-midfield player Anthony Costa of Stoney Creek, Ont. Costa’s blast curled past goalkeeper Andrew Murphy of Liverpool, England.
The Capers poured on the pressure and dominated possession for the next 30 minutes.
Keishen Bean, a fourth-year forward from Bermuda, just missed the net on a header and then three minutes later, Damion Vassell of Hamilton was robbed by McMaster ‘keeper Matthew Grant of Brampton, Ont. Greedy was stopped on two chances in the next five minutes by Grant, who did his best to keep his team ahead.
However, Cape Breton’s pressure eventually paid off in the 76th minute when Bean, the AUS scoring champion with 16 goals, scored off a pass from Greedy. Bean got in tight on Grant, placing the ball low into the corner.
The score remained unchanged despite a few great chances at both ends. First, McMaster’s Daniel Niksic of Stoney Creek, Ont., saw back-to-back opportunities curl wide and then get stopped by Murphy. Then, it was Cape Breton’s turn as Greedy’s shot hit the crossbar and the rebound to AUS MVP Andrew Rigby of Wollaton, England, sailed high.
But Greedy got another shot in the dying seconds of extra time and made it count. He said the team is excited about the opportunity to advance to the final.
“We know we have to get a good rest tonight, do our ice baths, wake up early and work hard tomorrow.”
CBU 0-1-1: 2
MAC 0-1-0: 1
1. MAC Anthony Costa (1) (Daniel Niksic), 48th
2. CBU Keishen Bean (1) (Ian Greedy), 76th
Extra time (2 x 15 mins: no golden goal)
3. CBU Ian Greedy (1) (Jason Massie), 119th
CBU: Andrew Murphy (W, 5 saves, 1 GA, 120:00, 1-0)
MAC: Matt Grant (L, 11 saves, 2 GA, 120:00, 0-1)
Shots: CBU 39, MAC 16
Shots on net: CBU 13, MAC 6
Corners: CBU 7, MAC 3
Offsides: CBU 1, MAC 0
Fouls: CBU 10, MAC 10
Yellow cards: none
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
CBU: Sandro Rajkovic (Team Sales Player of the Game)
MAC: Anthony Costa (Gatorade Player of the Game)
SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times local: PACIFIC TIME)
Thursday, Nov. 10
11:00 Quarter-final 1: Saint Mary’s 2 McGill 1
13:30 Quarter-final 2: Alberta 2 Toronto 1
16:30 Quarter-final 3: Cape Breton 2 McMaster 1 (extra time)
19:00 Quarter-final 4: Montreal vs. Victoria (SSN Canada webcast)
Friday, Nov. 11
11:00 Consolation 1: McGill vs. Toronto (SSN Canada webcast)
13:30 Consolation 2: McMaster vs. Loser QF 4 (SSN Canada webcast)
16:30 Semifinal 1: Saint Mary’s vs. Alberta (SSN Canada webcast)
19:00 Semifinal 2: Cape Breton vs. Winner QF 4 (SSN Canada webcast)
Saturday, Nov. 12
14:30 5th-place game (SSN Canada webcast)
Sunday, Nov. 13
11:30 Bronze medal (SSN Canada webcast)
14:00 Championship final (SSN Canada webcast)
NOTE 1: SHAW TV will broadcast the final on tape delay in
the Greater Victoria market.
NOTE 2: Live stats available for all games through championship website.