Ooks and Trojans Advance to ACAC Men's Soccer Final
by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
SAIT 3 Lakeland 0
10/27/2012...Red Deer, Alberta -"Conditions were pretty bad but we seemed to have done pretty well,” said Trojans coach Grant Stevens in regards to the 3-0 semi-final win over Lakeland Rustlers. “We tried to keep the ball close to the feet as possible and it seemed to have worked and we couldn’t put the ball in the space because of the ground. Offensively we were tight and compressed.”
SAIT, who have never won an ACAC men’s soccer championship, take on the winner of NAIT Ooks vs.Red Deer Kings currently underay (report to follow) tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Gold Medal match.
"If we face NAIT some people may say we are the underdog and if we are the underdog that is good as we will play even better.”
Rustlers head coach Kevin Wagner was proud of his teams play.
“I thought that the middle 40 minutes of the game was close and that if we could have finished better the score line would be more indicative.
“After a tough showing yesterday (a 1-0 win over Concordia Thundere after 90 minutes of regulation and two extra 15 minute overtimes and penalty kicks) they did the best on the physical and emotional side that they could.”
Scoring for the Trojans were Jaron Broom, Alvaro Ricaurte Franco and Jacob Walmsley.
SAIT had three of its players named to the South All-Conference team earlier with Jaron Broom (2nd year, Calgary, business Administration), Amadou Diallo (5th year, Montreal, Bachelor of Applied technology Petroleum Engineering) and Jacob Walmsley (1st year, Cranbrook, B.C., Journalism Arts).
With the advancement to the ACAC finals, the Trojans qualify for the 2012 CCAA Men’s Soccer Nationals for the first time since 1989. Nationals are to be held November 7-10, 2012 in New Westminster, BC and hosted by Douglas College.
NAIT Ooks 7 Red Deer Kings 4
In a high scoring affair the NAIT Ooks beat the host Red Deer Kings to advance to the championship game against the SAIT Trojans tomorrow at 2:20 p.m. in a battle of Edmonton versus Calgary.