CANADA WEST MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW2012-10-30
The University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer team, winners of the 2011 Canada West championship, will defend their title on home field when they host the 2012 Canada West men’s soccer championship tournament November 1-4 at Foote Field.
Thursday, November 1
11:00 a.m. - QF 1: Saskatchewan vs. Victoria – Foote Field Turf (LIVE webcast/stats: ab.canadawest.tv)
1:15 p.m. – QF 2: Calgary vs. Trinity Western – Foote Field Turf (LIVE webcast/stats: ab.canadawest.tv)
Friday, November 2
11:00 a.m. - Winner of Game 1 vs. UBC – Foote Field Turf (LIVE webcast/stats: ab.canadawest.tv)
1:15 p.m. - Winner of Game 2 vs. Alberta – Foote Field Turf (LIVE webcast/stats: ab.canadawest.tv)
Sunday, November 4
11:00 a.m. - Bronze Medal Game – Foote Field Turf (LIVE webcast/stats: ab.canadawest.tv)
1:15 p.m. - Championship Game – Foote Field Turf (LIVE webcast/stats: ab.canadawest.tv)
The tournament features the top six teams in Canada West with quarterfinals beginning Thursday morning, and the gold medal getting handed out on Sunday afternoon. Alberta, ranked No.4 in CIS, and No.2 ranked UBC, have ‘byes’ to the semi-finals, thanks to finishing first in their respective divisions, which leaves Trinity Western, Saskatchewan, Calgary and Victoria battling for the other semi-final spots. The Huskies and Vikes will open the tournament on Thursday, followed by a match between the Dinos and Spartans. Winner of game one will advance to play UBC on Friday; while game two’s victor will play the Golden Bears on Friday afternoon.
The top two teams from the conference championship will advance to the CIS national championship being host at Universite Laval in Quebec from Nov. 8-11.
Not surprisingly, the six teams in the conference tournament were the top teams in Canada West scoring and defence. UBC led the conference with 45 goals scored, paced by Gagandeep Dosanjh’s 12 strikes, while Alberta netted 37, including eight from Johnstone. The Vikes had the next prolific offence, totaling 26 goals, followed by TWU (25), Saskatchewan (21) and Calgary (21). Besides Dosanjh and Johnstone, Brett Levis (Sask), Jarvis Ambaka (TWU), Craig Gorman (Victoria) and Izak Lawrence (Calgary) are top players to watch for. Alberta’s Jonah Feil and Zenon Markevych, as well as UBC’s Paul Clerc and Reynold Stewart are dangerous as well.
Defensively, UBC and Alberta gave up the fewest goals against, yielding just nine and 11 goals against in 15 games respectively. Trinity Western (12) was third best in goals against, followed by Saskatchewan (17), and then Victoria (18) at sixth and Calgary (22) in eighth.