UNB Varsity Reds bring back soccer silver from CIS final
Varsity Reds lose 2-0 to York Lions in first trip to national championship game since 1980
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds lost 2-0 to the York Lions on Sunday afternoon in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's soccer championship in Toronto.
The Varsity Reds advanced to the national title match for the first time since 1980, before losing to York University.
Miles Pinsent, the UNB men's soccer coach, said the team played well in the championship game.
"It just didn't happen to go in for us today."
UNB was making its fourth straight appearance in the national championship tournament.
Striker Robert Park said getting so close to the national championship, only to come up short, is heart-breaking.
"I can't really put it into words right now, it's pretty tough to take," said Park.
"I mean the boys worked so hard to get to where we were and we had a firm belief that it was going to be our year.
"But now we're just going to channel those celebrations that we saw and push for next year."
Park played a major role in getting UNB to the CIS final.
The Varsity Reds advanced to the final with a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory over the University of Quebec at Montreal.
Trailing 2-0, UNB came back to tie the game 2-2 by the half then won when Park scored 9:21 into the first overtime half.