HUSKIES WIN CANADA WEST BRONZE2012-11-04
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies claimed Canada West men’s soccer bronze on Sunday, thanks to a determined 2-1 win over the Trinity Western University Spartans in the third-place game at the 2012 Canada West championship tournament at Foote Field in Edmonton.
The Huskies got goals from fourth-year striker Scott Myrah and from 2012 Canada West First Team All-Star Brett Levis. Fifth-year goalie Mark Diakiw, playing in his final career CIS game, made four saves for the win. Scott Malek (D), Dion Morgan (D), Nick Clarke (D) were the other Huskies’ fifth-year student-athletes who finish their CIS careers with a conference medal.
Trinity Western got their lone goal off the boot of first-year defenceman Taylor Johnson. First-year goalie Andrew Hicks made four saves in the loss. Spencer Schmidt (S), 2012 Canada West Second Team All-Star Brayden Volkenant (D), and Jason Wiens (M/F) were all playing in their final CIS games.
Saskatchewan has now earned their second Canada West medal in the past three seasons after collecting silver in 2010. Both of those medal showings occurred at Foote Field in Edmonton.
The Huskies were primed to win Sunday’s third-place tilt right from the get-go, attacking the TWU defence often through the first half. Defender Fabian Dale almost put Saskatchewan up early in the game when he unloaded from 40-yards out, only to be denied by the crossbar.
Myrah, originally from Calgary, did put the Huskies on the score board in the 38th minute when he perfectly volleyed a bouncing ball into the bottom right corner, and beyond the dive of TWU ‘keeper Hicks for the 1-0 lead before half-time.
Trinity showed strong resolve in the second half, and leveled the score just minutes after the final 45 minutes began. Johnson, a first-year fullback from Strathmore, Alta., situated inside the Saskatchewan 18-yard box on a set piece, redirected the free-kick from teammate Cameron Parkes past Diakiw in the 47th minute for the 1-1 score.
Levis, a sophomore from Saskatoon, restored his teams’ advantage just five minutes later when he carried the ball on a 40-yard run, and then stroked it past Hicks for the game winner in the 52nd minute.
The Spartans were inches away from tying the score once again when third-year midfielder Carlos del Aguila chipped Diakiw only to hit the crossbar in the 57th minute.
Saskatchewan, however, was able to hang on to the 2-1 win to collect their second set on Canada West medals since 2010.