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Spartans defeat Hawks in 75th minute
Laurier: 0 CIS Quarter-final - Trinity Western: 1
OTTAWA – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks were unable to come up with the win as the Trinity Western Spartans defeated them 1-0 at the CIS men’s soccer championship quarter-finals.

A kick by Trinity Western's Adrian Kekec was deflected by another player and flipped over the head of goalkeeper Yousef El-Abbar (Kitchener, Ont.) at the 75th minute of the contest.  

The Golden Hawks now move onto the consolation side of the championship tournament where they will face the host Carleton Ravens. The consolation semifinal will take place on Friday, November 7th at 1:30 p.m. at Raven’s Field.

“I give credit to TWU for their work effort,” commented coach MARIO HALAPIR post game when asked about the loss. “They are a physical team who are very strong in the back and were successful in burying many opportunities we could have had.”

The game opened with fifteen minutes of the Golden Hawks dominating ball control and keeping a strong presence in the Spartan end. The team was unable however to get many shots off in that time period.

“When a team drops off like that you have to have the bite to go for goal and get them early and we weren’t able to get there,” said third year captain and OUA first team all-star Alex Doma (Burlington, Ont.) on the opportunities that the team had. “It was our game for the taking but we just didn’t step up.”

TWU goalkeeper Andrew Kowan was tested directly seven times throughout the contest, as the Hawks were able to put the ball on the net. Al-Abbar saw only two shots directly as defenders Matthew Smith (Oakville, Ont.) and Zachary Faubert-Tétreault (Kitchener, Ont.) as well as others, blocked several shots on net.  

“As far as being disappointed about today, I can’t be,” said Halapir. “Winning the OUA championships for us for was something unimaginable from the beginning of the season and being here at the Nationals is just as special.”

Two Hawks, Sopearin Yos (St. Catharines, Ont.) and Spencer Cawker (Mississauga, Ont.) were handed yellow cards later in the contest while Trinity Western’s Mustafa Demirci took one as well.

“It sucks to be playing in the consolation side,” said Doma. “It’s another game just like today and we’ve got to go out and win.”

 Canadian Interuniversity Sport will announce the major award winners at the awards banquet later this evening. Stay up to date on the men's soccer team at the National's online at


WLU: 0-0:0
TWU: 0-1:1

First Half:
No Scoring

Second Half:
2. TWU, Adrian Kekec, 75th

WLU: Yousef El-Abbar  (L, 1 GA, 2 saves, 90 mins)
TWU: Andrew Kowan (W, 0 GA, 7 saves, 90 mins)

Shots: WLU 10, TWU 6
Shots on Net: WLU 7, TWU 3
Corners: WLU 5, TWU 4
Offsides: WLU 5, TWU 4
Fouls: WLU 19, TWU 18

Yellow Cards: WLU (Spencer Cawker, Sophearin Yos)

Players of the game:
WLU: Christopher Walker
TWU: Paul Hamilton

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