GAME 9: Keyano Huskies 2, Durham Lords 1
The Keyano Huskies will play for Bronze at the 2017 CCAA Men’s Soccer National Championship after a 2-1 victory over the Durham Lords Friday in Nanaimo.
The Huskies got on the board in the opening twenty minutes, after Ayman Hassen was taken down in the box. Harris Bajric calmly chipped the penalty kick into the middle of the net as Durham’s Trevor Stephens dove to the right corner.
Both keepers were focal points for long stretches of the game, as they traded key saves. Stephens and his defensive lineup cleared a multitude of chances away from the Huskies, while Josue Vargas turned away Durham’s efforts when tested.
The drama escalated further in the final moments when the Lords evened the game up in the 89th minute off a header from Kevin Thibodeau. The game looked destined for penalties, but the Huskies had other ideas. Carlos Gunner Kavidjima scored the game winner in stoppage time after racing past the Lords’ defense and beating Stephens who was sliding out to intercept the ball.
Keyano Huskies Player of the Game: Mahadi Abdi Mahadi
Durham Lords Player of the Game: Cody Kraemer
GAME 10: Holland Hurricanes 4, NAIT Ooks 3
The Holland Hurricanes will challenge for the Bronze Medals following a wild 4-3 win over the NAIT Ooks.
Just two minutes into the match, Ibra Sanoh drove home a brilliant free kick as he curled the ball off the outside of his foot and past the keeper for the 1-0 lead. Seven minutes later NAIT tied things up when Ali Musse set up Taylor Bussiere for the score.
The Hurricanes would retake the lead as the rebound from a Sanoh shot went right to Andrew Henry, who buried the chance to make it 2-1. Holland then went up 3-1 when Alexanros Iatrou unleashed a monstrous 70 yard shot that bounced once in the box and over the head of the NAIT keeper.
Matthew McLean closed out the half by heading in a corner kick to get his Ooks within one just prior to the half-time whistle sounding.
The goal scoring slowed a bit in the second until Sanoh put in his second goal of the game on a great strike from the top of the box.
Just like the previous Bronze Medal semi-final, a crazy finish to the game was in order, as Musse scored in the 87th minute to bring the Ooks within one. A penalty was then awarded to the Hurricanes in the 89th minute, but Justin Marler robbed Sanoh of the hat-trick. The Ooks could not find an equalizer though and the game finished 4-3.
The Ooks will now re-match with the Durham Lords for 5th place on Saturday, while the Hurricanes will play the Keyano Huskies for Bronze in a rematch of Wednesday’s opening action.
The Indiens d’Ahuntsic take on the Algonquin Thunder for 7th, and the Gold Medal Match will be between the host VIU Mariners and the PACWEST Champion Douglas Royals.
Holland Hurricanes Player of the Game: Taylor Bussiere
NAIT Ooks Player of the Game: James Mallard