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Blues fall short in CCAA quarterfinal

Photo courtesy the CCAA
Photo courtesy the CCAA

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues men’s soccer team fell short in their quarterfinal match at the CCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, conceding a late goal in each half and falling 2-0 to the Sheridan College Bruins on Wednesday evening in Cornwall, PEI. CapU will now play on the bottom side of the tournament bracket, but can still finish with a bronze medal. 

Sheridan controlled much of the play in the first half, and forced goalkeeper Hudson Nelles into a number of tough saves to keep the game scoreless. The Bruins then broke through in the 41st minute, as after a hard shot rang off the crossbar, the rebound was played over to Cyrus Rollocks who headed the ball across the line to put Sheridan up 1-0.

Capilano’s best scoring chance of the half came right before the first-half whistle. Adrian Sahagun made a run down the right wing but was stopped in close, and shortly after a mad scramble in front the ball was eventually cleared out of harm’s way by Sheridan, keeping the score 1-0 heading into halftime. 

The Blues played with an added sense of urgency out of the break and controlled more of the play in the Sheridan half. CCAA Player of the Year Keith Jackson and Patrick Izett both had strong scoring chances around the 60 minute mark, and CapU was able to play a number of crosses into the 18-yard box, but a tough Bruins back line held steady.

Nelles made another fantastic stop on a breakaway in the 85th minute to keep Capilano within one, and on the counter the Blues thought they had the equalizer off a cross into the middle — but the shot from alone in front went high over the bar.

Sheridan added a late insurance goal in the 88th minute, as Francis Ameyaw got his head on a free kick to make it 2-0.

CapU will now play the hosts Holland College on Thursday morning at 8:30am PST. A win would advance them to the bronze semi-final, and a victory there would advance them to the bronze medal match on Saturday. All games can be live-streamed through the CCAA website