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4-0 win sends CapU to bronze medal match

Third-year defender Andres Romo goes up for a header during Capilano's 4-0 win over NAIT in Friday's bronze semifinal match. Photo courtesy the CCAA
Third-year defender Andres Romo goes up for a header during Capilano's 4-0 win over NAIT in Friday's bronze semifinal match. Photo courtesy the CCAA

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues will play for bronze at the CCAA Men’s Soccer Championship after a 4-0 win over the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks in Friday’s bronze semifinal match in Cornwall, PEI.

Third-year forward Jeremy Monn-Djasngar scored twice for CapU and was named Player of the Game for the Blues. His first of the contest came in the 58th minute after him and Keith Jackson teamed up for the second time this week, as Jackson led a rush down the right wing and played a square ball to Monn-Djasngar who made no mistake from 12 yards out. The second was off a great individual effort in the 81st, as he beat two defenders down the left side and finished with a hard strike into the top corner. He now leads all players at the tournament with four goals through three games.

Patrick Izett’s marker in the 43rd minute proved to be the game-winner. After Adrian Sahagun chipped the ball ahead to Izett, his original volley from 18 yards out was stopped, but he followed up the shot and put home the rebound to make it 1-0 for CapU. He nearly added another in stoppage time of the first half when the Blues were awarded an indirect free kick from the edge of the six-yard box, but his hard shot hit the bottom side of the crossbar.

Second-year midfielder Bryce Millway iced the game for CapU in the 89th minute with his first goal of the playoffs and second of the season.

Hudson Nelles played well in net for Capilano, making a number of tough saves in the first half to keep the game scoreless. Two of his best stops came in rapid succession in the 28th minute, as he first leaped to swat away a chip shot, then moments later denied a one-timer from in close.

The CapU back line of Eric Swanson, Andres Romo, Kiya Darbandi, and Omar Rostant also all played well throughout the contest to contribute to the shutout.

Capilano will now look to medal at nationals for the third time in four years, having won bronze in 2016 and silver in 2015. The bronze medal game will be a rematch of the quarterfinal match against Sheridan College, which the Bruins won 2-0. Sheridan lost to Collège Ahuntsic in penalties in the semifinal, which sent them to consolation side of the bracket; they then defeated Langara College 2-1 in Friday's other bronze semifinal match.

Kick-off for Saturday's game is at 10:00am PST, and can be streamed online through the CCAA website