Men's Soccer: Day 1 Recap from Nanaimo

Men's Soccer: Day 1 Recap from Nanaimo

GAME 1: Keyano Huskies 2, Holland Hurricanes 0

The Keyano College Huskies opened up the 2017 CCAA Men's Soccer Championship with a 2-0 win over the Holland College Hurricanes in Nanaimo.

The Huskies carried the majority of possession and play in the early going of the game, having a pair of scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes.

Just seven minutes into the second half, Neto Maguel opened the scoring after a nice pass from Pedro Bianchi sent him into the box on the left side. Fifteen minutes later, the Huskies were awarded a penalty kick after a hard foul inside the box. Eduardo Ulhoa Filho calmly found the back of the net to give Keyano a 2-goal edge and eventual win.

Keyano Huskies Player of the Game: Eduardo Filho

Holland Hurricanes Player of the Game: Harrison Ellison

GAME 2: Douglas Royals  2*, Algonquin Thunder 1  (*4-2 PKs)

Two diving stops by Ryo Mizuno during Penalty Kicks led the Douglas Royals over the Algonquin Thunder in the second quarter-final match.

Douglas earned a free kick just outside the 18-yard box in the 65th minute, and Eric Ray opened the scoring with a laser to the top corner of Algonquin's net. The Thunder responded just eight minutes later when a Federico Leal free kick found the net over the out stretched hands of Mizuno.

Nothing else was solved in the 90 minutes, so the teams went to penalty kicks where they exchanged goals on the first four shots. But as the Royals kept scoring the Thunder were shut down by Mizuno. His two perfectly timed saves secured the win for the Royals and a berth to the semi-finals.

Douglas Royals Player of the Game: Quinn Dawson

Algonquin Thunder Player of the Game: Colin Gibson

GAME 3: NAIT Ooks 4, Durham Lords 0

A natural hat-trick from Ali Musse highlighted a 4-0 shutout victory for the NAIT Ooks over the Durham Lords.

After a fairly even opening 45 minutes, NAIT captain Zach Kaiser got himself free and sent a fading shot to the top right corner of the net mere moments before the half-time whistle.

Early in the second half, Jacob Kwizera was taken down in the box, leading to the second penalty kick. Ali Musse stepped up and delivered for the Ooks, burying the ball in the left corner of the net.

Just four minutes later, Musse created an opportunity for himself, finishing off with a goal from a tight angle on the left side of the net.

The natural hat-trick was finished off in the 65th minute, as Musse got in behind the defense where his shot found the top right corner, locking up the 4-0 win.

NAIT Ooks Player of the Game: Ali Musse

Durham Lords Player of the Game: Bruce Cullen

GAME 4: VIU Mariners, 1, Indiens d'Ahuntsic 0

The VIU Mariners got a 90th minute penalty kick goal from Shun Takano to knock off the Indiens d'Ahuntsic in the final quarter-final match at the CCAA Men's Soccer National Championships.

A highly competitive and close contest looked destined for penalty kicks and the second shoot-out finish of the day. However in the final minute, Jordan Degraaf cut around a pair of defenders and ended up getting taken down, leading to the Takano heroics.

Takano set the ball on the penalty mark and then turned his back to the keeper. After an extended pause, he turned and nailed a shot inside the left post to send the large Nanaimo crowd into a frenzy.

Ahuntsic continued to push until the end, which included a remarkable chance to tie the game just minutes later in stoppage time. A 28 yard free kick was drilled off the left post, just moments before the final whistle sounded.

The Mariners advance to take on the NAIT Ooks in one semi-final matchup while the Douglas Royals will face the Keyano Huskies in the other. The other four teams will compete for a chance to contend for the bronze medals, with the Holland Hurricanes taking on the Algonquin Thunder and the Durham Lords battling the Indiens d'Auntsic.

VIU Mariners Player of the Game: Jordan Degraaf

Indiens d'Ahuntsic Player of the Game: Diyaeddine Abzi