The Capilano University Blues will start their quest for national gold on Wednesday, November 7 when they take on the Sheridan College Bruins at 1:30pm PST in the quarterfinals of the CCAA Men’s Soccer National Championship, hosted by Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI.
As the PACWEST champions, CapU earned the top seed on their side of the bracket. Sheridan, which is located in Oakville, Ontario, was the wildcard entry from the Ontario Collegiate Athletic Association (OCAA); they finished the regular season with a 5-0-5 record and claimed silver at the OCAA Championships after a 2-1 loss to Humber College in the final.
Sheridan scored 26 goals in the regular season compared to seven against – which earned them the honour of OCAA Central Division Best Defensive Team. Francis Ameyaw led the Bruins with six goals, while Cyrus Rollocks and Rahim Thorpe each had five. In net, Chester Ashby and Elijah De Los Santos split the goalkeeping duties, combining to record four shutouts. Ashby, Rollocks and Manuel Morgado were named OCAA Central Division All-Stars, with Rollocks also being named Rookie of the Year. Head coach Andrew Seuradage was the Central Division’s Coach of the Year.
On the flip side, CapU outscored opponents 36-14 in the regular season en route to their 8-2-2 record and a first place finish. PACWEST Player of the Year Keith Jackson led the team with 13 goals, while Adrian Sahagun had eight and Patrick Izett had six. Goalie Hudson Nelles started all 12 games in net for the Blues and made 48 saves and recorded six shutouts. All four of them were named PACWEST All-Stars along with third-year defender Andres Romo.
The last time these two teams met at nationals was in the finals of the 1990 tournament in Halifax, which Capilano won 5-3 to claim CCAA gold. The Blues have won six total national titles in school history, with their last coming in 2008; in 1999 the school received the CCAA Men’s Soccer Supremacy Award as the CCAA’s top men’s soccer program during the conference's first 25 years.
All games at the National Championship can be viewed online through the CCAA’s website here. For CapU students, a viewing party for Wednesday's quarterfinal will be taking place at the CapU Residence.