OLD FOUR SOCCER: DAY 1 RECAP

TORONTO, Ont. -- The University of Toronto and McGill University soccer teams had a successful first day at the Old Four tournament on Saturday, August 30th at the Varsity Centre in Toronto.

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women's soccer team kicked off the day with a 3-1 win against the Western Mustangs.

The Blues were solid for 90 minutes, dominating possession and defensive play. Laura Machado (Mississauga, Ont.) started things off early, potting a beautiful goal just five minutes into the game. Mary Anne Barnes (Scarborough, Ont.), a 2007 first team OUA all-star, buried the Blues second goal off a beautiful pass from teammate Janessa Banwell (Toronto, Ont.).

Erica Basso (Richmond Hill, Ont.) tallied the Blues final goal, heading the ball past Western goalkeeper Keltie Brigham (Regina, Sask.) early in the second half of the game. The Mustangs lone goal was scored minutes later by Jenn Begley (London, Ont.) on a penalty kick but it was too little, too late as the Blues went away with the 3-1 victory.

In the second women's match of the day, the McGill Martletts defeated the Queen's Gaels 1-0. Both teams showed great determination and grit but Claire Hooper (London, Ont.) made a stellar pass to Anna Smith (Sommerville, Mass.) to put McGill up by one.

Despite the numerous chances Queen's had in the secondd half, McGill held them off, securing a spot in the gold medal game tomorrow. The Queen's Gaels will take on the Western Mustangs at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning for the women's bronze medal, while the Varsity Blues will challenge reigning champions, McGill Martletts, for the gold at 1:15 p.m.

The Varsity Blues men's soccer team followed suit, defeating Western 1-0 in a hard fought battle. The first half left the game scoreless, with Blues goalkeeper Luciano Lombardi (Scarborough, Ont.) and Western goalkeeper Kosta Viglatzis (Toronto, Ont.) proving to be solid for their teams.

Varsity Blues top recruit Dylan Bams (Fanny Bay, B.C.) entered the game in the second half and sparked the Blues offence with his speedy footwork. Western defender Paul Seymour (Ottawa, Ont.) made some vital stops for his squad but with 12 minutes to go in the game, Blues striker Alex Raphael (Toronto, Ont.) made a beautiful shot and scored what proved to be the only goal of the game.

The McGill Redmen saw a 1-0 victory over the Queen's Gaels in the last match of the day. Once again, the game remained scoreless at half, with both teams vying for the first goal.

Michael Stein (Toronto, Ont.) came out on fire in the second half, scoring the first goal of the game to put McGill ahead. Minutes later Stein headed a beautiful pass from Sami Obaid (Laval, Que.) hitting the cross bar past Queen's goalkeeper Sean Martin-Courtright (Calgary, Alta.). McGill dominated the rest of the half with numerous scoring chances and came away with a 1-0 win over the Queen's Gaels.

The Queen's Gaels take on the Western Mustangs in the men's bronze medal match tomorrow at 11 a.m. while the Varsity Blues and McGill Redmen face off for the gold at 3:15 p.m.

Source: Varsity Blues Athletics
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