OUA M-SOCCER: GOAL LINE TO GOAL LINE

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's soccer team (1-0 OUA) opened the 2008 OUA regular season with a 1-0 victory over the No. 3 nationally ranked Western Mustangs.

With five minutes left in the first half, Brock freshman James Blair (Niagara Falls, Ont.) was issued a red card putting the Badgers down a man for the remainder of the game.

Midway through the second half, freshman Dan Baldassarro (Niagara Falls, Ont.) got the Badgers on the board as he recorded his first career goal beating Western goalkeeper Kosta Viglatzis in the 65th minute.

For the remainder of the contest, the Mustangs controlled the majority of the play with the man advantage, and had a number of key scoring opportunities, but Brock junior goalkeeper Lee Wesselius (Bowmanville, Ont.) was strong finishing with 11 saves in total for the shutout victory.

The Badgers next action is Sunday, September 7th at 1pm when they host the Windsor Lancers.

CARLETON 4, RMC 2

The Carleton University Ravens Men's Soccer team defeated the Royal Military College Paladins, 4-2, in their 2008 OUA East road opener to start the regular season a perfect 2-0, as Carleton has now gone 27 straight games without an OUA East regular season loss.

The Ravens record is 23-0-4 dating back to their last OUA East regular season loss on September 10, 2006, a 2-1 defeat in Kingston, to Queen's University.

It was the Paladins that came out strong and despite a goal by Carleton's Matt D'Angelo, Ottawa, Ontario, at the second minute mark of the match, the Royal Military College played well and control the majority of play in the first half scoring goals at the 4th minute and 26th minute to take a halftime lead of 2-1 into the intermission.

Carleton came alive in the second half led by D'Angelo who scored his OUA East leading 4th goal of the campaign, at the 55th minute. The fifth year Arts Major has now scored two match winning goals in as many games. Craig Deebank, Pickering, Ontario, tied the match, at two, at the 50th minute and veteran defender Ahmad Berjawi, Ottawa, Ontario scored the insurance goal at the 65th minute.

The defence played well in the second half holding RMC to only a couple shots, while veteran OUA East All-Star goalkeeper, Karl Wasslen, Ottawa, Ontario, shut the door on the Paladins for the last 64 minutes of the match to earn his second OUA East victory of the 2008 campaign.

TORONTO 3, LAURENTIAN 0

The Laurentian Voyageurs fell 3-0 to the Toronto Varsity Blues in Toronto on Saturday. Geoffrey Borgman, Alexander Raphael and Seung Bok Lee tallied for the Varsity Blues. Scott Cliff got the start between the pipes for Laurentian, but was red carded in the 60th minute.

The Voyageurs controlled the pace of the game in the first half but were unable to capitalize on scoring chances. The Varsity Blues swayed momentum to their side in the dying minutes of the half, when Borgman (Dixie, Ont.) netted the eventual game winner in first half injury time for the Toronto men.

The second half was back and forth in the early going with Laurentian having more chances to equalize the score. Two incidental hand balls in Toronto's 18-yard box proved to be costly for the Voyageurs, as Toronto weathered the storm and mounted many counter attacks.

In the 60th minute Cliff (Sudbury, Ont.) was red carded after making what was considered an aggressive save. Andre Gomes (Woodbridge, Ont.) entered the game in Cliff's place. The card proved fatal for the Laurentian squad, with the team deflated and down to 10 men, U of T netted two goals in game's final 10 minutes. Raphael (Toronto) and Lee (Toronto) scored for the Varsity Blues.

"I felt when we were 11-on-11 we deserved at least a point in this game," said Voyageurs head coach Carlo Castrechino. "We have to regroup and get ready for tomorrow."

QUEEN'S 2, TRENT 1

Queen's men's soccer started off the regular season with a dominating performance. Keeping the ball in the offensive zone for most of the contest the Gaels defeated the Trent Excalibur 2-1 Saturday afternoon.

The Gaels got onto the scoreboard first and in odd fashion scoring without the use of their feet. Andrew Nador of Kingston, Ont. threw in from the sideline across the field where Graeme Webber of Vancouver, B.C., headed the ball into the Trent goal which put Queen's up 1-0.

Trent was pushed back into their zone soon after the goal and never got any offensive pressure in the first half. Dan Mcbride of Kingston, Ont. added the Gaels second goal of the game at 18:47 on a cross-field kick.

The second half had a turn of events as it was Trent who came out and with the pressure led by the play of Aziel Bailey of Ajax, Ont. Trent got onto the board at the 27:45 minute of the second when Thaddeus Bolen of Bowmanville, Ont. stole the ball from the Gaels defender and put it off the post and in for the Excalibur's only goal.

The Gaels will travel to Ottawa tomorrow to take on the Carleton Ravens. The Ravens are on a 26-game regular season winning streak going back to September 10, 2006. The Gaels were the team that defeated the Ravens that day by a score of 2-1 and look for a repeat performance in hopes to play spoiler and end this impressive streak the Ravens have put together.

Game time is schedule for 1:00 pm, while the women take the field at 3:15 pm.

Source: Badgers, Ravens, Voyageurs, Gaels Athletics
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