Posted: Nov 09, 2008
A goal by sophomore midfielder Domi Antonini of Winnipeg eight minutes into the match stood up as the game-winner for the Lions, who have been considered top contenders for the CIS title all year but came into the national tournament as Ontario finalists after being upset by Laurier in last Sunday's OUA final.
The Lions, who took fourth place a year ago in Vancouver in their first CIS tourney appearance since 1997, advance to Sunday's 3 p.m. championship final where they will face the winners of the second semi-final between the Canada West finalist Trinity Western Spartans and the Quebec finalist Laval Rouge et Or scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Championship website: www.cisport.ca/e/championships/m_soccer/2008
Montreal, making its CIS-leading six consecutive appearance at the championship, will have to wait to capture its first-ever national final berth. The Quebec champion Carabins, who joined CIS in 2001, now have their sights set on a third bronze medal in six years.
SEMI-FINAL #1: YORK 1, MONTREAL 0 (by Carleton sports information)
Dominic Antonini's eight minute goal was enough for the York University Lions to defeat the Universite de Montreal Carabins 1-0 to earn a berth in Sunday's gold medal match against Trinity Western University at the 2008 CIS men's soccer championship at Carleton University's Ravens' Field.
The York University Lions started where they left off on Thursday following a dominant 3-0 win over Victoria, to score yet another early decisive goal that would secure a spot in Sunday's gold medal match. In just the 8th minute of play, second-year midfielder Dominic Antonini of Winnipeg, Alberta, struck a shot past Montreal keeper Gerardo Argento of Montreal, Que., when he found himself alone in the box.
The 1-0 lead spurred the Lions on as they used their momentum for the next twenty minutes of the half to cause problems in Montreal's defensive third before the Carabins were able to respond. The QSSF champions re-gained their composure and strung together a number of scoring opportunities late in the first half in search of an equalizing goal. In goal for the Lions was Alim Karim of Scarborough, Ont., who helped retain York's 1-0 margin at the halftime break.
The second half saw the game open up as both teams transitioned well in what grew to be an extremely physical battle across all areas of the pitch. York's discipline at the back and composure throughout the team was effective in preventing the attacking Carabins from drawing level. A Montreal corner and free kick in the dying minutes of the game could not find their way past Karim, who was steadfast in the York goal.
Karim recorded 7 saves on his way to his second shutout of the championship while Argento made 2 saves in the match.
YRK 1-0: 1
MTL 0-0: 0
1. Domi Antonini, 8th
YRK: Alim Karim (W, 0 GA, 7 saves, 90 mins)
MTL: Gerardo Argento (L, 1 GA, 2 saves, 90 mins)
Shots: YRK 7, MTL 6
Shots on Net: YRK 3 , MTL 2
Corners: MTL 3, YRK 2,
Offsides: YRK 3, MTL 1
Fouls: YRK 18, MTL 18
Yellow Cards: York (Luca Forno, Domi Antonini, Branko Majstorovic), Montreal (Nicolas Suter, Peter Eustache – 2)
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times LOCAL)
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
Consolation #1: Dalhousie 1, Victoria 0 (5-4 PK)
Consolation #2: Carleton 2, Laurier 1
Saturday, Nov. 8
5th place game: Carleton 3, Dalhousie 0
Semi-final #1: York 1, Montreal 0
Semi-final #2: Trinity Western 2, Laval 1
Sunday, Nov. 9
12:00 Bronze medal: Montreal vs. Laval (live video webcast SSN Canada)
15:00 Championship final: York vs. Trinity Western (live video webcast SSN Canada)
Source: CIS Communications