Thunderbirds Week: UBC Men and Women looking to secure place in CIS Nationals finals

Thunderbirds Week: UBC Men and Women looking to secure place in CIS Nationals finals

Two quarter-finals on two different sides of the country. Two victories and two clean sheets. That was the UBC Thunderbirds Thursday.

UBC’s Men’s soccer team kicked off their quest for a record 14th CIS title with comfortable 3-0 win over Toronto Varsity Blues.

Former Whitecaps PDL player Harry Lakhan gave the Tbirds a half time lead with a 20th minute penalty. Justin Wallace doubled UBC’s lead in the 63rd minute, firing home through a crowded box, and another former Whitecap, Gagan Dosanjh, completed the scoring six minutes later after running on to a through ball.

Chad Bush celebrated being named CIS Goalkeeper of the Year with his 11th clean sheet of the season for the 4th seeded Thunderbirds.

You can see the highlights of the match below:

UBC’s Men now face a match worthy of the Championship game when they take on the number one seeded hosts, and defending CIS champions, the York Lions. The game kicks off at 10.30pm PT and you can watch it live, and for free, HERE.

UBC’s Women are hosting this year’s nationals and they ground out a tough 1-0 victory over Calgary Dinos in horrendous conditions at Thunderbird Stadium on Thursday evening.

With the rain pouring down and extra time looming, Kym van Duynhoven rose to head home a Taylor Shannik cross with 15 seconds of normal time remaining, to spark jubilant scenes amongst the home team and fans.

You can watch highlights of the game below:

UBC’s Women now play host to Sherbrooke Vert et Or in Saturday’s semi-final in their quest for their sixth CIS title and their first one since 2006. The game kicks off at 4.30pm PT at Thunderbird Stadium. Get along if you can, but if you can’t, you can watch it on the link above.

Good luck to both teams. Make Vancouver even prouder.

Authored by: Michael McColl

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