CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
The Capilano University Blues kept their medal hopes alive at the CCAA Men’s Soccer National Championship, defeating the host Holland College Hurricanes 4-1 in the bronze quarterfinal match on Thursday afternoon in Cornwall, PEI. CapU now advances to Friday’s bronze semifinal, and a win there would send them to the bronze medal match on Saturday.
After a tough 2-0 defeat in yesterday’s tournament opener to Sheridan, the Blues took control of Thursday’s match from the get-go. After a number of shots buzzed just wide of the net, CapU got on the board in the 25th minute when Keith Jackson set up Jeremy Monn-Djasangar, who finished off the play from in close.
Second-year forward Adrian Sahagun, who had a number of chances throughout the frame, doubled Capilano’s lead shortly before halftime. After drawing a foul down the right wing, his free kick from the edge of the 18-yard box cut through the wind and curled into the top right corner for his 10th goal of the season. Hudson Nelles, who wasn’t tested often in the frame, made a diving stop shortly before the break to keep the Blues up by two.
Two minutes out of the break, Monn-Djasngar scored his second of the game when his sharp-angled shot squeezed past the Hurricanes' keeper. Jackson then broke through with a goal of his own eight minutes later, as he finished off a great individual effort with a low shot that curled off the inside of the post and in.
The Hurricanes avoided the shutout in stoppage time of the second half when Andrew Lourenzo scored on a great shot from distance, making it a 4-1 final.
Nelles was named the Player of the Game for CapU.
Capilano now advances to the bronze semifinal game and faces the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Kick-off for that contest is at 10:00am PST on Friday; the game can be streamed online through the CCAA website.