Written by Ravens Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA – After a come-from-behind victory over the CanadaWest Champion UBC Thunderbirds on Thursday night, the Ravens advance to the U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship semi-finals on Saturday evening against the AUS Champion Cape Breton Capers.
The fixture is a rematch of the 2019 bronze medal game where the Capers stepped between the Ravens and a medal with a 2-1 victory. After goalkeeper Kyle Potter and defender Tareq Hamad played hero for the Ravens on Thursday night, the team will look to improve upon their fourth-place finish from 2019 as they try to take down the Capers who finished the regular season atop the U SPORTS Top 10.
Finally exercising the demons of 1984, where UBC beat Carleton 2-1 in extra time to win the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy, the Ravens will look to rewrite history again seeking their first win against the Capers at the national tournament. Having faced Cape Breton on three occasions, the Ravens veterans will look to rewrite recent history after losing 2-1 to the Capers in the 2019 Bronze Medal game.
Asked on CBC All in a Day about advancing to the final four coach Kwesi Loney said, “We’re really excited to be a part of the final four, we’re in it tough, but one of the things we’ve said since the begin is that we belong.” Loney would add, “My hats off to my players, they stepped up and took on this challenge extremely well and at this point, right now, we’re starting to play some of our best soccer.”
The Ravens were U SPORTS highest-scoring team in 2021, with forty goals in 10 regular season games, and it will take every ounce of their offensive power to quiet the Capers. After winning their fifth consecutive AUS Championship, the Capers are a deep team who finished the regular season atop the U SPORTS Top 10. Led by AUS leading scoring Kairo Coore and veterans Euan Bauld and Charlie Waters the Capers are a perennial force who look to improve on their 2019 bronze medal.
Asked about the opportunity to play this championship in Ottawa, coach Loney was quick to highlight the way the team is representative of the community. “We are a representation of our local community, everybody has a connection to at least one of players, whether it be through high school, local clubs or just being the community. We look to get as many people out from the Ottawa community as possible, that 12th man is a real thing, and we want to get the crowd as packed and as loud as possible.”
Tickets for the 2021 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship are on sale now, with a limited capacity fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance.
Previous Meetings at the U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship:
2019 Bronze Medal Game – Carleton 1 – Cape Breton 2
2018 Semi-Final – Carleton 2 – Cape Breton 5
2012 Quarter-Final – Carleton 0 – Cape Breton 1 (PK)