Nov 01, 2008
Jarek Whiteman (Brampton, Ont.) was the hero in the game, scoring the winning goal in the 90th minute to secure the win for the Lions. Also scoring for the Lions was Jamaal Smith (Mississauga, Ont.), who gave York an early lead with a goal in the 49th minute. Varsity Blues defenceman Dustin Chung (Toronto, Ont.) tied the game in the 86th minute before Whiteman won the game for his team.
The Lions will play for the OUA championship against the Laurier Golden Hawks, who upset the Carleton Ravens in the first semi-final. The game will be held at York Stadium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. Carleton and Toronto will battle for the bronze at 11:30 a.m.
Source: Lions Athletics
TORONTO, Ont. – The Laurier Golden Hawks men's soccer team upset the Carleton Ravens 2-1 in the provincial semi-final earlier on Saturday.
The Hawks, ranked No. 9 in the nation, won in penalty kicks over the No. 1 nationally ranked Ravens, with a score of 4-2.
The win advances the team to the CIS National Championships next weekend in Ottawa, Ont. Laurier was last at the nationals in 2001 where they claimed gold against UBC 2-1.
Laurier opened scoring first in the contest on a goal by Ben Clifford (Milton, Ont.). The goal was Clifford's second of the 2008 campaign. Carleton's Marco Ianni tied up the game at the 45th minute of the first half with his first goal of the year.
The game stayed at ones forcing overtime where the Hawks scored on four penalty kicks while Carleton only two. Laurier's Matt Smith (Oakville, Ont.), Alex Doma (Burlington, Ont.), Chris Walker (Mississauga, Ont.) and Richard Martins (Cambridge, Ont.) all hit the mesh. Martin's goal was the game winner as the final two Carleton players missed the net completely.
"For us to make nationals is an incredible achievement," commented head coach and OUA West Coach of the Year Mario Halipir. "Full credit to this group of players for pulling together some great plays and holding Carleton back."
The team now plays in the provincial gold medal game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at York Stadium in Toronto. The game will be webcast live on SSN at www.ssncanada.ca.
Source: Golden Hawks Athletics