New Brunswick

UNB Varsity Reds bring back soccer silver from CIS final

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.

Varsity Reds lose 2-0 to York Lions in first trip to national championship game since 1980

The UNB Varsity Reds made their first appearance in the national men's soccer championship game since 1980 on Sunday, losing 2-0 to York University. (Martin Bazyl/UNB/Twitter)

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.

UNB was making its fourth straight appearance at the national championship tournament and its first final appearance since 1980. (Martin Bazyl/UNB Varsity Reds/Twitter)
"We definitely had the majority of the plays in the second half and we had a number of good chances," he said.

"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.

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