LAVAL, Que. -- Steve Johnson scored early to lift the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds over the Cape Breton Capers 1-0 in the gold-medal final of the CIS men's soccer championship on Sunday.
The T-Birds end the season undefeated and earn their 12th Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy -- eight more than any other program. UBC outscored its opponents 8-0 in the tournament.
UBC's Gagandeep Dosanjh, the Canada West player of the year from Abbotsford, B.C., was voted championship MVP after scoring a tournament four goals, including two against UNB and two more versus Laval.
"Two good teams today, it's a shame somebody had to lose," said UBC head coach Mike Mosher. "I'm really proud of my boys and the way they battled today and throughout this tournament. History was made today, as we were undefeated this season. It's a real pleasure to work with this group."
Johnson, a fourth-year striker from Tsawwassenn, B.C., scored in the eighth minute, skilfully deflecting Marco Visintin's free kick from the wing 35 yards from the net.
The Capers only directed one shot -- wide -- towards the Birds' net in the first 45 minutes.
Defensive play dominated in the second frame, as fatigue seemed to seize both teams. UBC still dominated time of possession, leaving absolutely no chance to the Capers for a comeback.
Capers coach Robbie Chiasson had nothing but praise for the T-Birds.
"I tip my hat to UBC, they have a very good team, very skilled, very composed. We did our best, but it just wasn't good enough today. Well done to them."
In the bronze medal game, Guillaume Surot scored in the 70th minute to lift the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres Patriotes to a 1-0 win over the Laval Rouge et Or.