OUA M-SOCCER ROUNDUP: RAVENS REMAIN UNDEFEATED AT HOME

OTTAWA, Ont. - The Carleton University men’s soccer team came back from a one-goal deficit to win 3-1 over the Laurentian Voyageurs in OUA East regular season play. The win gives the team a 9-0-1 record, including a perfect 6-0-0 record at home, and a first place standing in the OUA East.

The game opened with a great sense of urgency and intensity with both teams playing a physical, direct battle. Matt D’Angelo (Ottawa, Ont.) gave the Voyageurs’ backline problems from the opening whistle, chasing balls sent through to create some dangerous chances for the Ravens and put the opposition under pressure.

The opening goal was scored by the visitors where a free header was one by Johnny Maurizio (Hamilton, Ont.) to put Laurentian up 1-0 after 21 minutes. The Ravens almost answered back just minutes later when a header went wide by Ahmad Berjawi (Ottawa, Ont.). The home side continued to amount pressure on the visitors and drew level in the 43rd minute when D’Angelo scored his ninth goal of the season from a Ravens corner kick sent into the box, showing his composure in the goal area.

To end the first half in entertaining fashion, Javier Robles (Madrid, Spain) rose for a header at the far post from a threatening free kick to beat Laurentian goalkeeper Scott Cliff (Sudbury, Ont.) on a narrow angle. The Ravens were up by 2-1 after a dominant opening 45 minutes.

The second half picked up where the first half left off with a gritty, aggressive battle between the two sides. Ravens goalkeeper Karl Wasslen (Ottawa, Ont.) made a spectacular save from an opposing corner kick to preserve his team’s one goal lead as Laurentian was desperate to equalize.

The second half was largely contested in the middle of the park before the Ravens amounted a few dangerous attacks in the closing minutes of the game. D’Angelo tallied his second of the match and 10th goal of the season in the 88th minute, taking advantage of a goalkeeping error to seal the 3-1 Carleton victory.

Wasslen had another strong performance in the Raven goal earning his fifth win in as many appearances and maintaining his impressive goals against average at 1.00.

Source: Ravens Athletics

BROCK 3, GUELPH 0

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's soccer team ended their five game losing streak as they defeated the Guelph Gryphons Sunday afternoon at home by the score of 3-0.

Dan Depalma (Hamilton, Ont.) opened the scoring in the 24th minute beating Guelph rookie goalkeeper Craig Boytchuk (Strathroy, Ont.) for his second goal of the season.

In the 49th minute, Mazafar Rahamtulla would one-time a cross from the corner burying into the back of the goal to give Brock a 2-0 lead.

In the 57th minute, Dan Baldassarro (Niagara Falls, Ont.) would give the Badgers some insurance, as he beat two Guelph defenders and walked in from the side of the goal finding the net behind Boytchuk for his second goal of the campaign.

In goal, Lee Wesselius (Bowmanville, Ont.) turned aside three Guelph shots for the shutout.

Source: Badgers Athletics

TORONTO 4, RMC 0

TORONTO, Ont. - The Varsity Blues men’s squad got off to a slow start until Fanny Bay, B.C. native Dylan Bams sparked the offence with some fancy footwork and a pass to striker Nordo Gooden (Kingston, Jamaica) who sent the ball just wide of the net.

This allowed the Blues to turn up the heat as Yannis Gianniotis (Toronto, Ont.) sent a beautiful pass over the heads of the RMC defenders to Niko Pesa (Burlington, Ont.) who put one away for the Blues in the 41st minute of the game.

Just two minutes later, Pesa notched his second goal of the game off a Gooden pass to put the Blues up 2-0 at the half.

Toronto continued to press offensively early in the second half, minimizing any chances that the RMC squad was able to produce. Raphael potted his first of the game with a beautiful shot that beat RMC goalkeeper Arsalan Munir (Toronto, Ont.).

In the 85th minute, Pesa connected with Raphael, who scored again for the Blues, securing the 4-0 victory over the Paladins.

Source: Varsity Blues Athletics

RYERSON 3, TRENT 2

TORONTO, Ont. - In a game where the first half saw five goals, two penalty shots, and seven yellow cards, the Ryerson Rams men's soccer team extended its undefeated streak to three games with a 3-2 victory over the Trent Excalibur at Lamport Stadium on Sunday morning.

Toronto native Nyema Cheljahn led the way for the Rams offensively scoring the first two goals of the game. Cheljahn tallied his first marker just two minutes in and notched his second goal in the 15th minute. Cheljahn's second goal was a nice shot from inside Trent's penalty box when he was fed by midfielder Markus Molder (Toronto, Ont.)

Ryerson had a number of chances to increase the lead including two near connections by Molder and Daniel Hartmann (Bad Kissingen, Germany). Moses Kgasa (Gabarone, Botswana) also had a chance after a give and go with Molder that was just pushed aside by Excalibur keeper Navi Sidhu (Peterborough, Ont.).

Trent got back in the game when Thaddeus Bolton (Bowmanville, Ont.) was awarded a penalty shot when the referee called a handball on Ryerson in the penalty box in the 19th minute. Bolton made no mistake with the shot, beating Rams goalkeeper Robert Paolozzi (Toronto, Ont.) high.

Bolton scored his second of the game to even the score when a Trent free kick rang off the post and bounced straight to him in the 27th minute.

The Rams retook the lead before the end of the half when they were awarded their own penalty shot from a Trent handball in the penalty box in the 43rd minute. Rams midfielder Adrian Mancini (Richmond Hill, Ont.) took the shot, using a nice stutter step to fool Sidhu for his second goal in as many games.

The Excalibur ended the half with a great chance off a free kick where they had two chances off headers, but the first was saved by Paolozzi and the second sailed just wide.

The second half was less eventful, with no goals being scored and not nearly as many chances. Cheljahn had a couple of chances to notch a hat trick, including a great play where he broke in past two Excalibur defenders but couldn't get a shot off in time. Kgasa also had a goal taken away after the play was ruled offside.

With the win, the Rams gain six points on the weekend and improve to 3-3-2, while moving into fourth place in the OUA East Division. The loss, Trent's second of the weekend, drops its record to 2-4-2.

Source: Rams Athletics

YORK 2, WESTERN 1

TORONTO, Ont. - The York Lions men's soccer team remains undefeated in regular season play after edging the Western Mustangs 2-1 on Sunday at York Stadium.

The team’s stellar record (7-0-1) keeps it atop the OUA West division standings with six games remaining in the regular season, and it holds a sizable lead over second-place Western (4-2-3), as the Mustangs sit seven points back.

Both teams came out with a solid defensive start, leaving little room for any offensive chances. At the 36 minute mark, York midfielder Francesco Bruno (Toronto, Ont.) planted the ball in the bottom left corner of the net after receiving a beautiful pass from teammate Stefan Zlatanov (Scarborough, Ont.) to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

As the second half got underway, York star forward Adrian Pena (Woodbridge, Ont.) fired a shot just over the Western cross bar. In the 67th minute, Pena was able to redeem himself with a nice one-touch goal after Jarek Whiteman (Brampton, Ont.) set him up with a perfect cross.

The game began to get aggressive, resulting in a yellow card to York's Gerard Ladyiou (Burlington, Ont.) in the York penalty area. On the ensuing penalty shot, Western forward Glen Chambers (London, Ont.) was able to beat goalkeeper Alim Karim (Scarborough, Ont.) making the score 2-1.

That was as close as the Mustangs would get, while York's stellar defence shut the door, securing the victory.

Source: Lions Athletics

TORONTO 4, TRENT 2

TORONTO, Ont. - The Varsity Blues men soccer team came out on fire, looking to avoid a repeat of last weekend’s 0-0 tie with Trent. It was Toronto forward Seung Bok Lee (Toronto, Ont.) who opened up the scoring when he headed a Geoffrey Borgman (Dixie, Ont.) pass over Trent goalkeeper Navi Sidhu (Peterborough, Ont.) in the 13th minute of the game.

11 minutes later, Borgman sent a booming shot towards Sidhu, who gave up a big rebound, and Lee was there to collect it and notch his second goal of the game.

Third-year striker Nordo Gooden (Kingston, Jamaica) tallied the Blues third goal of the game as he sent a deflected shot over the Excalibur defenders and into the net.

Thaddeus Bolton (Bowmanville, Ont.) got Trent got on the board in the 39th minute, catching Blues goalkeeper John Smits (Mississauga, Ont.) off guard and put his strike into the open net.

Toronto led 3-1 at the half.

Midway through the second half, Alex Raphael (Toronto, Ont.) scored on a penalty kick to increase the Blues lead to three. Bolton recorded his second of the game minutes later, however the Blues would prevail with a 4-2 victory.

Source: Varsity Blues Athletics

RYERSON 4, RMC 1

TORONTO, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men's soccer team exploded offensively as they defeated RMC 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Lamport Stadium.

Daniel Hartmann, Markus Molder, Adrian Mancini, and Daniel Cameira all scored for the Rams in the win. Hartmann (Bad Kissingen, Germany) scored off a Ryerson free kick when the ball deflected to him in the RMC penalty box to give the Rams an early lead in the third minute. Philip Peacock (Toronto, Ont.) had an early chance to tie the game for the Paladins when he used some fancy footwork to get by two Ryerson defenders but couldn't get a shot on net.

Maiwand Naim (Toronto, Ont.), playing in his first game, made a nice cross pass over RMC goalkeeper Jeremy Whelen (Halifax, N.S.) to Molder (Toronto, Ont.) who headed the ball in for Ryerson's second goal before the half in the 30th minute.

The Rams had a couple other chances to increase the lead in the first half, including a close call when Moses Kgasa (Gabarone, Botswana) fed Molder for a near breakaway.

The Paladins also had a couple of chances to score but Rams goalkeeper Anthony Volpe (Brampton, Ont.) came up with the saves.

The second half started much different than the first with RMC taking control. Peacock made good on his second chance in the 47th minute when he lobbed the ball over Volpe and into the back of the net.

RMC came close to tying the game shortly after when Alexi Ouellet (LaPocatiere, Que.) headed the ball just wide off a corner kick.

After the close call, Ryerson regrouped and took control for the rest of the game. Mancini (Richmond Hill, Ont.) fired a shot from outside the RMC penalty box that deflected off a Paladins defender and found the back of the net in the 60th minute.

Cameira (Toronto, Ont.) added a second insurance marker for the Rams when he fired a nice shot into the net off a Kgasa feed, deep in RMC territory.

The Rams had a couple chances to increase the lead but could not capitalize, including two nice crosses by Nyema Cheljahn (Toronto, Ont.), that were stopped by Whelen.

"The boys were ready to play today," commented Rams coach Tony La Ferrara, on why his team came out and played so well offensively.

Source: Rams Athletics

YORK 5, WINDSOR 0

TORONTO, Ont. - The Lions men’s soccer team overpowered the Windsor Lancers, carving out a convincing victory. Playing under overcast and slippery conditions, the men won 5-0.

The game was bad-tempered, with the referee brandishing eight yellow cards – six in the space of eight minutes, and sending off the Lancers assistant coach near the end of the game.

However, the behaviour had nothing to do with the performance. Luca Forno (North York, Ont.) scored the opening goal in the 31st minute, coolly depositing a cross by Luigi Oliverio (Toronto, Ont.) in the top right corner. The Lions kept up the pressure as another Oliverio’s shot just bounced off the outer half of the bar.

In the second half, the Lions gathered momentum. Owen Reid (Brampton, Ont.) shot straight at the goalkeeper, and made no mistake a minute later, cutting in from the right flank and giving the Lancers goalkeeper, Dan Mendonca (London, Ont.), no chance.

Substitute Morino Alberti (Winnipeg, Man.) then took the game by the scruff of the neck, scoring the first of his two goals in the 74th minute with a solo effort. Douglas Sereti (Toronto, Ont.) then added another from the penalty spot in the 76th minute after he was fouled inside the box. Alberti added further salt in the wounds of the tired Lancers defence, latching on to a through ball in the 86th minute to score with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Lions goalkeeper Alim Karim (Scarborough, Ont.) had to make only one save all game to further reduce his 0.33 goals per game average and to keep the Lions undefeated this season.

Source: Lions Athletics

WESTERN 2, LAURIER 2

WATERLOO, Ont. - The Western Mustangs built a two goal lead but have to settle for a single point in a 2-2 tie with Wilfrid Laurier on Sept. 27.

Western scored the first two goals of the game.

"Unfortunately Laurier came back to tie the game with about 10 minutes to go," said head coach Rock Basacco.

Rookie Andrew Chan (Markham, Ont.), and Mustangs leading scorer Pat Mroczek (St. Catharines, Ont.) tallied for Western. It was Mroczek's fifth goal in eight games.

Source: Mustangs Athletics

OUA SCOREBOARD

September 27, 2008

Nipissing 1, Carleton 6
Trent 2, Toronto 4
RMC 1, Ryerson 4
Waterloo 2, Brock 1
Guelph 0, McMaster 1
Windsor 0, York 5
Western 2, Laurier 2

September 28, 2008
Ryerson 3, Trent 2
Carleton 3, Laurentian 1
Toronto 4, RMC 0
Brock 3, Guelph 0
McMaster 6, Waterloo 0
York 2, Western 1
Laurier 3, Windsor 1
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