CALGARY, ALTA., (Oct. 27, 2018) - Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder goalkeeper Adam Ziccarelli stole the show Saturday afternoon.
The fourth-year keeper stopped 13 shots through 120 minutes of play, and then two penalty kicks at the end of the game to lead his team to a 1-0 victory over the host SAIT Trojans in their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men's Soccer Championship semifinal matchup at SAIT's Cohos Commons Field. The win sends the Thunder into the three-day event's championship final Sunday afternoon.
The Thunder will be looking for their first ACAC title since winning it all in the fall of 2008.
Despite carrying the play for the majority of the game, the Trojans failed to make good on several chances early on. A lot of that had to do with the play of Ziccarelli, who made a handful of huge saves in the second half to keep his team in the game.
SAIT had two goals disallowed - one on a header from in close that was called offside, and again later on when Dean Northover collided with Ziccarelli, causing him to lose control of the ball.
Following 90 minutes of scoreless play, the team's went to two 15-minute overtime halves. With nothing solved following the 30-minute overtime period, penalty kicks were needed.
Ziccarelli made a statement early, stopping SAIT's Jordan Alvarez in his attempt, and then ending the game with another stop, this time of Armando Garcia
Concordia scored on each of their attempts on SAIT goalkeeper Marko Illich - getting goals from Mazin Choufi, Armaan Bhinder, Kenny Johnson and Daniel Mujija to secure the win.
Ziccarelli was understandably named his team's Player of the Game, while Armando Garcia earned the award for SAIT.