|Game Date: 10/31/2003||Location: Saskatoon, SK|
|Game Time:||Attendance: 0|
|TWU Spartans||Sask Huskies|
|Goal Scorer(s)||Nick Perugini (10) - 90:00|
Lee Ellis (6) - 103:00
|TEAM (TM) - 54:00|
|Total Goals Scored||2||0|
|Shots On Target||0||0|
Men's Soccer (Canada West Championships -Semifinal)
Friday, October 31, 2003
TWU Spartans (2) at the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (1) - OT
Saskatoon, SK - After a slow and difficult start in their Canada West Semifinal match TWU's Lee Ellis was the golden boy, scoring in the 13th minute of overtime to send the Spartan men's soccer team on to the gold medal match with a 2-1 victory over the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
Ellis took what appeared to be an innocent shot from well outside the 18 yard box; but as Coach Alderson is fond of saying: "put the ball in the box or on net and good things can happen." Good things certainly did happen for the Spartans. Taking a pass back from teammate Brian Scrivens, Ellis was forced to strike the ball quickly. His shot from the deep right side of the field sailed in the wind, over the outstretched hands of keeper Jonathan Neufeld and into the back of the Saskatchewan net. The victory gives the Spartans a berth in the Canada West final against the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Earlier the Bears had defeated the University of British Columbia 4-0.
A mere 14 minutes earlier it looked like the Spartans' dream of a trip to the CIS National Championships had ended. The Huskies appeared to have pulled off the upset as they held a 1-0 lead with less than a minute to play in regulation. Then TWU's Canada West Rookie of the Year Nick Perugini stepped up and tied the match off a free kick with less than thirty seconds remaining. His strike curled in through a maze of players and found the bottom left-hand corner of the Huskie net to send the game into overtime.
"That was unbelievable," said TWU head coach Al Alderson.
Right from the start it was evident that the Spartans were in for a tough test from the hometown Huskies. Saskatchewan played an energized first half against the #1 ranked Spartans, and after the first 45 minutes the two squads remained tied at 0-0.
In the 54th minute the Huskies were rewarded with an "own goal" off of TWU's Mark Peters. The Huskies' Steve Krieg crossed the ball into the Spartans' box and Peters went up to head the ball out of play, but unfortunately for TWU the ball sailed into the back of the Spartans' net.
Down late in the match the Spartans were forced to play an extra attacker up front, which resulted in a number of quality chances for the Huskies. TWU's All-Star keeper Chris Cecil came up big and stopped the Huskies to give his team a chance down the stretch. "Cecil played brilliantly for us. He enabled us to keep pushing forward to get the tie," said Alderson.
Match Notes: Both teams had 14 shots, with TWU having four on net to Saskatchewan's seven... The two teams had to deal with extreme weather conditions as the wind chill hit minus 30 on a frozen, snow covered field...The Spartans hold a 3-0 advantage over the Huskies this season: today's win, 3-0 on September 18, and 2-0 on September 26...TWU has split the season series with the Golden Bears... Alberta won 2-0 at TWU on September 20, while the Spartans took the Bears 2-1 in the rematch on September 28...