OTTAWA (CIS) - The schedule and quarter-final matchups were announced Monday morning for the 25th Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's soccer championship set to kick off on Thursday at McGill University's Percival Molson Stadium, in Montreal.
The eight-team, single-elimination tournament runs until Sunday with the national final scheduled for 4 p.m. All 11 games from the competition will be webcast live by SSN Canada.
Joining the host McGill Martlets in the quest for the Gladys Bean memorial trophy will be the defending champion Queen's Gaels (OUA champions), Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions), Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champions), Trinity Western Spartans (Canada West champions), Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUA finalists), Alberta Pandas (Canada West finalists) and Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA bronze medallists).
The Gaels, who claimed the second CIS banner in team history a year ago thanks to a 1-0 double-overtime win over OUA rival Laurier, kick off their title defence against Alberta Thursday at 1:30 p.m., in the second quarter-final duel.
Other opening day matchups include Dalhousie vs. Ottawa at 10:30 a.m., Montreal vs. Laurier at 4:30 p.m., and Trinity Western vs. McGill at 7:30 p.m.
The winners move on to Saturday's semifinals, while the losers resume play Friday on the consolation side of the bracket.
The Tigers (3), Pandas (3), Spartans (3), Golden Hawks (2) and Gee-Gees (1) have also hoisted the Gladys Bean trophy in the past, while the Carabins and Martlets are still looking for an elusive first triumph.
NOTE: A complete championship preview will follow on Tuesday.
Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wsoc/index
Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions: 9-3-1 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champions: 12-0-2 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
Queen's Gaels (OUA champions: 13-1-2 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
Trinity Western Spartans (CWUAA champions: 12-1-1 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUA finalists: 12-2-0 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
Alberta Pandas (CWUAA finalists: 9-4-1 regular season / 1-1 playoffs)
Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA bronze medallists: 12-3-1 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
McGill Martlets (Championship hosts: 8-3-3 regular season / 0-1 playoffs)
Wednesday, Nov. 9
18:00 All-Canadian Awards Banquet
Thursday, Nov. 10
10:30 Quarter-final 1: Dalhousie vs. Ottawa (SSN Canada webcast)
13:30 Quarter-final 2: Queen's vs. Alberta (SSN Canada webcast)
16:30 Quarter-final 3: Montreal vs. Laurier (SSN Canada
19:30 Quarter-final 4: Trinity Western vs. McGill (SSN Canada webcast)
Friday, Nov. 11
16:30 Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (SSN Canada webcast)
19:30 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (SSN Canada webcast)
Saturday, Nov. 12
13:30 Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (SSN Canada webcast)
16:30 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (SSN Canada webcast)
19:30 5th-place game (SSN Canada webcast)
Sunday, Nov. 13
13:30 Bronze medal (SSN Canada webcast)
16:00 Championship final (SSN Canada webcast)
For more information:
McGill University Athletics
Off/Cell: (514) 398-7012
earl.zukerman [at] mcgill.ca
Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334
belanger [at] universitysport.ca