The Capilano University Blues finished their 2018 season in fourth place in the country, falling 6-2 to the Sheridan College Bruins in Saturday's bronze medal match at the CCAA Men's Soccer Championship in Cornwall, PEI.
Vying for their third medal at nationals in the last four years, the Blues started the game strong and opened up a 2-0 lead in the first 18 minutes. The opener came in the 15th, as after CapU had four consecutive corners, they broke through when Andres Romo scored his first goal of the season.
Three minutes later Keith Jackson's shot from the right wing was stopped, but Jeremy Monn-Djasngar was there on the doorstep to put home the rebound. It was Monn-Djasngar's fifth goal of the tournament, tops among all players.
The Bruins started to turn the tide in the 26th minute, and scored two goals in rapid succession to tie the game at two. The first came after a failed clearance in the CapU zone, and the equalizer was off a header from in close. Sheridan then took the lead for good in the 43rd minute, as Freddie Ameyaw delivered a free kick into the top corner from 20 yards out.
CapU started the second half with 10 men, as midfielder Marco Favaro was sent off shortly before the break with his second yellow card of the game. The Bruins took advantage of the short-handed Blues in the final 45 — who were eventually down to nine men — scoring three times in 15 minutes to put the game out of reach.
Second-year defender Omar Rostant was named Player of the Game for Capilano, and Monn-Djasngar earned a spot on the Tournament All-Star team.
Prior to the tournament Jackson was named the 2018 CCAA Player of the Year, having previously been named PACWEST Player of the Year for the second season in a row. He was a three-time CCAA All-Canadian, two-time CCAA Academic All-Canadian, and two-time CCAA National Scholar, and won two provincial golds, one national bronze, and one provincial bronze. He finished his Capilano career with 53 goals in 73 career games — second-most in program history.
Nelles recorded 26 shutouts over his five seasons, the most in program history. He was a three-time conference all-star, and twice was named Top Goalkeeper at the PACWEST Championships. He won three provincial golds, a national silver, national bronze, and a provincial bronze.
Puri joined the Blues this fall after four seasons at Quest University, helping to Blues to PACWEST gold this season. Previously he had won a silver and bronze medal with Quest at the PACWEST Championships.
Capilano finishes the 2018 season with an overall record of 11-4-2. They won gold at the PACWEST Championships back in October.