FREDERICTON - Milad Mehrabi scored the winning goal as the defending champion UBC Thunderbirds beat the York Lions 2-1 Friday in semifinal action at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's soccer championship.
On a give and go with Navid Mashinchi, Mehrabi buried his first of the tournament to put UBC in front for good.
"That was the best one I have scored all year," Mehrabi said. "We worked hard all season and it is just great to get back to the finals again."
The Thunderbirds will play the winner of Friday's second semifinal between Laval and the University of New Brunswick. UBC looks to become the first program to repeat as national champions since Wilfrid Laurier in 2000-01.
They didn't get off to a great start Friday, as Dylan Sacramento scored in the 12th minute to put York up 1-0.
UBC tied the game in the 25th minute when Sean Einarsson re-direct Mashinchi's free kick into the net for his second goal of the tournament. The teams were tied 1-1 at the half.
In consolation-round games, Montreal beat St. Mary's 2-0 and Saskatchewan edged Ryerson 3-2 on penalty kicks.