OTTAWA (CIS) – The OUA finalist York Lions and the Quebec champion Montreal Carabins earned berths in the national semi-finals at the 2008 CIS men's soccer championship with first-round wins over Victoria and Dalhousie, respectively, Thursday morning at Carleton University's Ravens' Field.

York was near perfect in a 3-0 blanking of the Canada West champion Vikes in the tournament opener, while Montreal scored two late goals while playing a man down to defeat the AUS champion Tigers 2-0 in the second quarter-final duel.

York, whose lone Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy title dates back to 1977, advances to the semi-final round for the second straight year. The Lions had to settle for fourth place last fall in Vancouver after edging Saint Mary's 2-1 in the opening round.

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Montreal, making its CIS-leading sixth consecutive appearance at the CIS tourney, will play in the Final Four for the third time in six years. The Carabins, who have never advanced to the gold-medal game since joining CIS in 2001 but claimed bronze medals in 2006 and 2003, had an 0-2 showing a year ago in Vancouver.

York and Montreal will face each other for the first time in history at Nationals when they meet in Saturday's first semi-final at 2 p.m.

Dalhousie, making its first CIS tourney appearance since 1999, and Victoria, playing on the national stage for the first time since capturing a fourth Davidson Trophy in 2004, will meet on the consolation side Friday at 11 a.m.

The Trinity Western Spartans and Laval Rouge et Or will meet in the semi-final round at the 2008 CIS men's soccer championship following wins over Wilfrid Laurier and tournament host Carleton, respectively, in the last two opening-day duels Thursday afternoon at Raven's Field.

Canada West finalist Trinity Western edged the Golden Hawks 1-0 in a defensive battle in the third quarter-final match, while Quebec finalist Laval exploded for four unanswered second-half goals to upset the hometown Ravens 4-1 in front of a large partisan crowd in the final game of the first round.

The Spartans and Rouge et Or, who will face off in Saturday's late semi-final at 4:30 p.m., have followed very similar paths since joining CIS in 2001 and 2000, respectively. Both are appearing at the national tourney for the fourth straight year, TWU having a bronze medal (2005), a silver (2006) and a fifth-place finish to show for, while Laval tied for seventh three years ago, finished fourth in 2006 and dropped a 2-1 decision to UBC in the 2007 championship match.

The young programs have met once at the CIS championship in the past, with the Spartans winning 1-0 in the first round in 2005.

OUA champion Laurier, making its first appearance at the Nationals since claiming back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002, and host Carleton, returning to the tournament for the first time since tying for seventh in 2005, move to the consolation round and will square off Friday at 1:30 p.m.

GAME RECAP: YORK 3, VICTORIA 0 (by Carleton sports information)

An early strike from inside the box by fourth-year defender Franco Ruscetta from Woodbridge, Ont. proved to be the game-winning goal as the York University Lions overtook the University of Victoria Vikes 3-0 to earn a berth into the national semi-finals in the opening match at the 2008 CIS men's soccer championship at Carleton University's Ravens' Field.

York took an early lead when Ruscetta finished a rebound in the box from a dangerous free kick taken just seconds earlier to score the game-winning goal just four minutes into the match past Vikes' keeper Daniel Kilpatrick of Victoria, B.C., giving the Lions a 1-0 lead.

A strong performance by the Lions held the Vikes to just 2 shots in the first half. York continued to build their attack with penetrating runs into Victoria's box looking dangerous throughout the match. In the 31st minute, Luca Forno, a fourth-year midfielder from North York, Ont., scored an impressive goal from 25 yards to the top corner past a diving Kilpatrick to improve the halftime lead to 2-0.

Victoria played a more composed second half and forced Lions keeper Alim Karim to deny them from a threatening corner kick and preserve a clean sheet in goal. York had an outstanding defensive performance to prevent the oncoming Vikes from getting on the scoreboard.

Adrian Pena, a fourth-year midfielder from Woodbridge, Ont., scored in the 57th minute for the Lions, heading the ball from a cross to the top corner of the far post the Vikes keeper to put the Lions up 3-0 and secure the dominant victory.

"This game was a good test for us, it was a good start to the tournament. Now it's important to carry this momentum into the next game," says York head coach Carmine Isacco following his team's convincing win.

Lions' goalkeeper Alim Karim of Scarborough, Ont., had 3 saves in his shutout performance, while Kilpatrick of the Vikes made 7 saves in the match.


YRK: 2-1:3

VIC: 0-0:0

First Half:

1. YRK, Franco Ruscetta, 4th
2. YRK, Luca Forno, 31st

Second Half:

3. YRK, Adrian Pena, 57th


YRK: Alim Karim (W, 0 GA, 3 saves, 90 mins)

VIC: Daniel Kilpatrick (L, 3 GA, 7 saves, 90 mins)

Shots: YRK 10, VIC 3

Shots on Net: YRK 14, VIC 3

Corners: YRK 6, VIC 2

Offsides: YRK 2, VIC 1

Fouls: VIC 20, YRK 21

Yellow Cards: YRK (Jamaal Smith, Doug Sereti, Jarek Whiteman)

Players of the Game:

VIC: Kyle Kostis

YRK: Phil Rivers

GAME RECAP: TRINITY WESTERN 1, LAURIER 0 (by Carleton sports information)

A close-range goal from Adrian Kekec of Burnaby, B.C., secured the Trinity Western Spartans a spot in the semi-finals after defeating the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 1-0 in the third quarterfinal match.

Kekec, a fifth-year forward, got on the end of a deflection to lift the ball past Laurier keeper, Yousef El-Abbar of Kitchener, Ont., to score the game-winning goal in the 75th minute.

In a tightly-contested match the play opened up early as both teams attacked relentlessly to create dangerous chances at both ends. However, El-Abbar in goal for Laurier and Andrew Kowan for the Spartans were able to make several saves keeping clean sheets for their teams, entering the halftime level at 0-0.

Following the Trinity Western goal, Wilfrid Laurier mounted countless attacks in the Spartans end. A steadfast Spartan defence helped to preserve the shutout on their way to a narrow win over the Golden Hawks.

El-Abbar had 2 saves in the match for Wilfrid Laurier while Andrew Kowan recorded 7 saves in his shutout performance.


WLU: 0-0:0

TWU: 0-1:1

First Half:

No Scoring

Second Half:

2. TWU, Adrian Kekec, 75th


WLU: Yousef El-Abbar (L, 1 GA, 2 saves, 90 mins)

TWU: Andrew Kowan (W, 0 GA, 7 saves, 90 mins)

Shots: WLU 10, TWU 6

Shots on Net: WLU 7, TWU 3

Corners: WLU 5, TWU 4

Offsides: WLU 5, TWU 4

Fouls: WLU 19, TWU 18

Yellow Cards: WLU (Spencer Cawker, Sophearin Yos)

Players of the Game:

WLU: Chris Walker

TWU: Paul Hamilton

GAME RECAP: LAVAL 4, CARLETON 1 (by Carleton sports information)

Laval striker Thierry Zummo-Pattiniez of Beloeil, Que., scored the game-winning goal for the Rouge et Or in a 4-1 victory of the Carleton Ravens in the final match of the opening day.

Thierry Zummo-Pattiniez., scored Laval's second goal past Ravens keeper Arjun Langford of Oakville, Ont., to secure victory for the Rouge et Or to steal the lead from Carleton after the visitor's first goal was scored by Gabriel Moreau of St. Hyacinthe, Que., just three minutes earlier. The 2-1 lead would grow as Laval continued to mount pressure on the host Ravens.

The game was wide open very early on in the game as both teams had dangerous scoring opportunities from the starting whistle. Carleton opened the scoring with a half-volley from Javier Robles from Madrid, Spain, in the 36th minute to take a 1-0
lead and preserve the one-goal margin heading into halftime. The assists on the goal came from Craig Deebank of Pickering, Ont., and Jorge Gutierrez of Ottawa.

Laval added a third goal to their tally when Samuel Georget of Serge, France, volleyed a ball past Langford in the 66th minute. The final Rouge et Or goal would come in the 84th minute, from Julien Priol of Quimper, France, to seal the victory
for Laval.

Laval's keeper Vincent Cournoyer of St. Hyacinthe, Que., made 5 saves in the match, while Arjun Langford recorded 7 saves.


LAV 0-0:0

CAR: 1-0:1

First Half:

1. CAR, Javier Robles, 36th

Second Half:

2. LAV, Gabriel Moreau, 56th

3. LAV, Thierry Zummo-Pattiniez, 59th

4. LAV, Samuel Georget, 66th

5. LAV, Julien Priol, 84th


LAV: Vincent Coumoyer (W, 1 GA, 5 saves, 90 mins)

CAR: Arjun Langford (L, 4 GA, 7 saves, 90 mins)

Shots: LAV 17, CAR 12

Shots on Net: LAV 11, CAR 6

Corners: LAV 4, CAR 4

Offsides: CAR 5, LAV 1

Fouls: CAR 23, LAV 19

Yellow Cards: Carleton (Nicholas Persichino)

Red Cards: Carleton (Andrew Park)


Thursday, Nov. 6
Quarter-final #1: York 3, Victoria 0
Quarter-final #2: Montreal 2, Dalhousie 0
Quarter-final #3: Trinity Western 1, Laurier 0
Quarter-final #4: Laval 4, Carleton 1

Friday, Nov. 7
11:00 Consolation #1: Victoria vs. Dalhousie
13:30 Consolation #2: Laurier vs. Carleton

Saturday, Nov. 8
11:30 5th place game
14:00 Semi-final #1: York vs. Montreal (live video webcast SSN Canada)
16:30 Semi-final #2: Trinity Western vs. Laval (live video webcast SSN Canada)

Sunday, Nov. 9
12:00 Bronze medal (live video webcast SSN Canada)
15:00 Championship final (live video webcast SSN Canada)

Source: CIS Communications
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