CIS men's soccer Saturday roundup
Photo credit Bob Frid
|Nipissing||0||No. 4 Toronto||4||Final|
TORONTO - Second-year striker Mario Kovacevic scored two goals
in the first half to lead the No. 4 Varsity Blues men’s
soccer team to a 4-0 win over the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday,
September 10 at Varsity Centre.
Source: Toronto Sports Info
|Laurier||1||No. 5 Western||2||Final|
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams men's soccer team recorded its first victory of the 2011 season in convincing fashion, dropping the Laurentian Voyageurs 4-1 at Lamport Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Welcoming back veterans Markus Molder (Toronto) and Adrian Mancini from injury and suspension respectively, the Rams put together a solid offensive performance that saw production from familiar faces as well as a couple of newcomers.
"It was a much better performance," said Associate Coach Filip Postran. "The score wasn't important; it was the fact that the things we worked on in practice were executed."
The Rams were beaten 2-1 in a physical game against Carleton last Saturday at Lamport, and veteran defender Jacob O'Connor thought smart adjustments were made coming into this weekend.
"We came out strong (today)," said O'Connor. "Last week we got hit pretty hard by Carleton, so we added some physical players in the centre, and we put balls in the net."
Sophomore Viktor Anastasov opened the scoring in the 20th minute, connecting with a header off an arcing cross from Vince D'Elia (Vaughan, Ont.) down the left flank and swinging it past Laurentian keeper David Szczepaniak (Sault Ste Marie, Ont.). The Toronto native is well on pace to surpass last season's total of five markers, as he now has two goals in three matches.
Rookie Misel Klisara came on for Ryerson in the 35th minute, and his appearance immediately paid dividends for the Rams. Another cross from inside the left sideline by Zach Mahrady was headed by the Toronto native into the back of the net just a minute after Klisara hit the pitch. It was the first-year's first conference goal in a Rams uniform.
Mancini's re-insertion to the lineup brought the Rams offence a new dynamic, as the crafty midfielder forced Laurentian into numerous fouls early on in the contest, eventually creating more space for his teammates. The Richmond Hill, Ont. Product nearly put one away himself just minutes after Klisara's marker, sending a shot off the outside of the post that froze Szczepaniak.
After coming out of halftime with a two-goal lead, the Rams wasted no time getting pressure back on the Laurentian defense.
Jamie Baker, another Rams first-year, stepped on the pitch in the second half in his first OUA game, and like Klisara, it didn't take long before he made his presence known. Veteran Michael Jan found Baker with a long aerial from the left corner, and the Aurora, Ont. native made good, finding the mesh with the game's third goal off a header.
O'Connor has been impressed with the rookies so far this season, saying that they are only adding more to the team's already strong chemistry.
"The rookies are doing a really good job," he said. "They've been willing to learn, and pick things up."
After assisting on Baker's goal, Jan (Toronto) got on the score sheet moments later after a complete breakdown in the Laurentian box allowed an easy tap in for the former OUA all-star, giving Ryerson a stranglehold on the match in the 60th minute.
A late Laurentian goal by Andrew Posteraro (Sault Ste Marie, Ont.) spoiled Aaryon Gaeeni's (Oakville, Ont.) shutout bid and was a thorn in Postran's side.
"A late goal is one of my pet peeves," said Postran. "That's nothing about tactics; that is about the guys losing focus."
The Rams will continue their home stand tomorrow afternoon against the Nipissing Lakers, who were thumped 4-0 by the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday.
Postran explained that the focus is on future success at this point, and he is more concerned with peaking at the right time of the season.
"For us, results aren't that important," explained Postran. "I'd rather play well and lose 1-0 than play poorly and win sometimes, as long as the growth of the team is going in the right direction."
The Rams welcome Nipissing to Lamport Stadium tomorrow at 3:15 p.m.
Source: Ryerson Sports Info
GUELPH, Ont. – The Guelph Gryphon men’s soccer team defeated the UOIT Ridgebacks 3-2 this afternoon in the team’s regular season home opener played at the new Gryphon Soccer Complex. The Gryphons advance to 2-1 on the season.
Guelph’s Robbie Murphy (Ottawa, Ont.) broke a 2-2 tie in the 83rd minute to clinch the victory for the Gryphons. Goalkeeper Brandon Fry (Pickering, Ont.) recorded eight saves and earned the win.
Guelph’s Mike Bijiman (Brantford, Ont.) was the lone scorer in the first half at 14:50. In the second half the Ridgebacks tied it up 48 minutes into the contest before Dena Iezady (Richmond Hill, Ont.) scored the Gryphons second goal to go up 2-1, 55-minutes into the contest. But the Ridgebacks stayed alive with a goal from Justin Gordon to tie the game at 2-all, 72-minutes into the game. Guelph’s Robbie Murphy scored the game winner at the 83-minute mark.
The Gryphons are back at home tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 11) and will face the Brock Badgers at 3:15 p.m. The women’s team will play at 1:00 p.m.
Source: Guelph Sports Info
|Lethbridge||0||No. 7 Alberta||3||Final|
EDMONTON - A pair of goals by sensational sophomore striker Marcus Johnstone led the #7 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears’ soccer team to a 3-0 win over the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns, Saturday afternoon at Foote Field.
Johnstone, the 2010 CIS Rookie of the Year, picked up right where he left off from last season’s second-best conference goal scoring tally of eight goals, that went with 11 points. Veteran midfielder Cameron Schmidt picked up Alberta’s other tally, and veteran attacking player Milan Timotijevic banked a pair of assists. Rookie goalie Matthew Preston earned his first career CIS regular season win and shutout in his Evergreen and Gold debut.
Neither team generated much in the opening 45 minutes, as both sides looked a little hesitant to get the game underway.
But, after the scoreless first half, Johnstone got the ball rolling in the 64th minute, taking a pass from Timotijevic, and then burying a low strike into the far corner of the Pronghorn goal.
Preston kept Lethbridge from replying in the 73rd minute with a spectacular diving save on Dario Pasquotti’s curling shot from the top of the six-yard box. The freshman ‘keeper leapt, and tipped Pasquotti’s attempt over the bar to preserve the lead and ultimately his first career clean sheet in CIS.
Johnstone added his second goal of the game in the 81st minute, sifting the ball past Colin Pattison in the Pronghorn goal, and then Schmidt completed the scoring three minutes later, burying another Timotijevic pass, this time into the top right corner.
The Pronghorns goalie was a busy man on Saturday, facing 10 shots on goal, including four from speedy striker Kellen Stenger, who gave the Pronghorns' defence fits all game long.
Both teams return to action on Sunday; the Golden Bears host the 0-1-0 Calgary Dinos at 2:15 pm MT at Foote Field, while Lethbridge travels to Saskatchewan for an afternoon tilt with the 1-0-0 Huskies.
Source: Alberta Sports Info
SASKATOON - The University of Saskatchewan Huskies opened their Canada West season with a 3-0 win against the University of Calgary Dinos Saturday on Field 7 in Saskatoon’s PotashCorp Park.
Josh Northey opened the scoring in the 2nd minute when he flicked the ball past Dino keeper Michael Arnieri to put the ball in the open net. They added their second goal in the 42nd minute from a Jerson Barandica-Hamilton corner kick that Jordian Farahani headed past Arnieri.
The Huskies picked up where they left off coming out of the halftime break taking a 3-0 lead in the 54th minute. Austin Boryski won a 50-50 ball to the back post and centered it for Sam Mylymok to finish into the open net.
Calgary’s best chance to get on the score sheet came in the 11th minute when Izak Lawrence sent a ball on the ground through the six yard box but Jeremy Jenkyns was unable to direct the ball on frame. The Dinos nearly capitalized a few minutes later on a set piece when the ball ricocheted off a couple of heads in the box but sailed just wide.
The Dinos were never able to gain momentum in the second half as the Huskies defence clamped down. Calgary did manage nine shots on goal in the game but could not beat Mark Diakiw as he earned his first clean sheet of the season.
The Huskies will look to start the season 2-0 Sunday as they host the Lethbridge Pronghorns at 2:15 p.m. on Field 7 in Saskatoon’s PotashCorp Park. The Dinos will look to rebound as they head to Edmonton to take on the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Match Notes: Yellow cards went to Yoann Promonet of the Dinos and Jordian Farahani of the Huskies.
Source: Zach Rogers, Saskatchewan Sports Information Assistant
LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s Garrett Peters needed only two minutes of playing time to become the game’s hero as the Regina striker came on as a late-match substitute and scored in added time to give the Spartans a 2-1 win over Victoria at Rogers Park Saturday.
With the game knotted 1-1, striker Spencer Schmidt sent a free kick into the box off the right flank and Peters was the first one to it, heading home the winner past helpless Victoria goalkeeper Elliot Mitrou and sending the crowd of 250 into a frenzy.
Schmidt opened the scoring in the 71st minute as he notched his first regular season snipe as a Spartan but Victoria’s Andrew Ravenhill tied the game just seven minutes later, which ultimately set the stage for a frantic final 10 minutes and dramatic finish.
“The good thing about Canada West is you don’t get a lot of time to think about what happened the night before,” said Spartans coach Pat Rohla. “We came out and just decided that we were going to go after it and we did. We changed a couple of things structurally and I think everyone was committed to the cause and played hard for each other. We passed a little better. We had numbers on the ball in attack and defensively. What a difference a day makes.”
With the win Trinity Western moves to 1-1-0 on the season, after opening the campaign Friday with a 1-0 loss to Fraser Valley, while Victoria is now 0-2-0 after losing to UBC 4-0 Friday.
The win was the Spartans first Canada West regular season win in their last six tries, dating back to last year when they finished winless in four.
The Vikes started the game with the larger share of possession and, while the Spartans were a markedly improved team compared to the one that played Friday, it was Victoria earning four corner kicks in the opening 20 minutes.
Unfortunately for the visiting side, their early game worked amounted to zilch on the scoreboard.
After the 20-minute mark, the Spartans pushed back.
First-year midfielder Brayden Gant nearly opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when he ripped a bicycle kick attempt on net from in tight, only to be stymied by a sprawling Mitrou who dove to his right to make a brilliant save.
Three minutes later, the Spartans again nearly lit up the scoreboard first when Schmidt took a free kick from just beyond the area that rocketed off the crossbar.
In the second stage, the game lost of bit of its flowing momentum as the teams booted the ball around the middle of the park, largely struggling to push for offence.
In the 71st minute Trinity Western finally broke through as Daniel Lowen, who had been substituted on less than two minutes earlier, gave Schmidt the ball in the box and the sizable striker turned on a dime just beyond the six-yard box and whipped in a blasting shot that beat a frozen Mitrou to the keeper’s right side.
Just seven minutes later though, Victoria responded. The Vikes Gavin Barrett, raced down the right wing and sent a low drive into the box that eluded both the Spartans defenders and a diving Fink only to find the waiting foot of Ravenhill who slotted into a wide open net.
That set the stage for Peters to play.
The Spartans Goran Vitic had a couple of brilliant opportunities for a go-ahead goal in the 80th and 83rd minutes but on both occasions was stopped by a Mitrou, who finished with six saves.
Trinity Western’s Fink had three saves, most notably a stop on Miguel Romeo in the 84th minute.
Game Notes: TWU outshot Victoria 15-10 and had an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal…after nine yellow cards were handed out Friday against UFV, not one card was shown Saturday.
Source: Mark Janzen, Trinity Western Sports Info
|UFV||2||No. 2 UBC||4||Final|
VANCOUVER - Navid Mashinchi (Port Moody, BC) opened the scoring and set up another goal to spot the UBC Thunderbirds to a 2-0 lead, and Marco Visintin (Vancouver, BC) capitalized on two penalty kick chances in the second half to wrap up a high-scoring opening weekend for the 'Birds with a 4-2 win over the Fraser Valley Cascades at Thunderbird Park on Saturday night.
Mashinchi wasted no time making his mark on the game, curling the first shot of the contest in to the far top corner from just outside the 18 yard box in the fourth minute. Ten minutes later he set up Gagandeep Dosanjh's (Abbotsford, BC) first goal of the season from the samespot, sending a low cross in through the six-yard box that was redirected home from point blank range.
"One of the benefits of having a veteran-laden group is they know the league, they know the standard of play we expect, and they'veplayed together a lot so I think they are coming in at a pretty good level to start the season," said UBC head coach Mike Mosher. "We've got some good technical players like Sean Haley (Vancouver, BC), Gagan and Navid, and when they get going and play off each other, it can be really nice to watch."
The T-Birds were within inches of having three goals in the half, but after a free kick deflected off a Fraser Valley defender and hit the crossbar, Brandon Bonifacio's (Vancouver, BC) header on the rebound also found the woodwork and stayed out to keep the Cascades alive.
The visitors made a game of it after the break when Brian Davis cut the UBC lead in half with his first tally of the season in the 49th minute, but the 'Birds responded with heavy offensive pressure, earning a penalty kick after a Cascades defender made a tackle from behind in the box. Visintin stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted the ball just inside theright post for his second of the season at the 51 minute mark, and after another reckless challege in the box just four minutes later, he made good on his opportunity again, this time going to the left for his third of the year, putting UBC up 4-1.
"The work rate overall this weekend was quite good," said Mosher. "Something we really preached was to not let teams outwork us and to get on top. We got on top early today which makes it difficult for them to fight back in. When they did get that goal to make it 2-1 we had a great response to earn that penalty kick."
Fouls played a big role in the game, with three goals coming as a direct result of a foul, and nine yellow cards handed out between the teams.
Sasa Plavsic pulled one back for the visitors in the 63rd with a superb free kick around the wall and just inside the far post from 20 yards out, but that was all they could muster against the No.2 ranked T-Birds, who move to 2-0 on the year having beaten Victoria 4-0 on Friday. Rich Meister made three saves in goal for UBC.
The Cascades fall to 1-1 and will look to regroup at home next weekend against Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The T-Birds begin a three-game road swing next weekend with a single match in Langley against Trinity Western. After trips to Alberta and Saskatchewan, their next home action is against Lethbridge on September 30 at Thunderbird Park.
Source: Lee Dorner, UBC Sports Information