Cape Breton wins Sam Davidson Trophy as U Sports men's champions
Posted on 13 November 2017 in Around the Soccer World
Cape Breton University won 5-4 on kicks to capture the 2017 U Sports men's soccer championship in Kamloops, British Columbia. Cape Breton University and Université Montréal drew 2:2 after extra time before Cape Breton won 5-4 after seven rounds of kicks in the Sunday 12 November championship final.
Cape Breton's Stuart Heath opened the scoring on a penalty in the 27th minute before Montréal's Mouad Ouzane equalised from a scramble in the 69th minute. In extra time, Heikel Jarras gave Montréal a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot in the 96th minute, but then Cape Breton's Max Raab equalised in the 111th minute.
On kicks, Daniel Pritchard scored Cape Breton's fifth goal before goalkeeper Ben Jackson made the championship-winning save.
This marked Cape Breton University's first national title. The Nova Scotia-based school, five-time Atlantic champions, previously won national bronze in 2011 and national silver in 2012. Just last year, Cape Breton finished fourth at the 2016 championship.
In the championship final, Cape Breton's starting XI featured Ben Jackson (goal), Daniel Pritchard, Euan Bauld, Stuart Heath, Charlie Waters, Caelann Budhoo, Matt Larter, Lewis White, Peter Schaale, Marcus Campanile, and Cory Bent. Coach Deano Morley featured Max Raab as a substitute.
Fabrizio Stasolla served as the referee. The match was played in front of 500 fans at Hillside Stadium (Thompson Rivers University).
1. Cape Breton University
2. Université Montréal
3. Thompson Rivers University
4. University of British Columbia
5. York University
6. Carleton University