OUA PLAYOFF PUSH: FOOTBALL, M-RUGBY, SOCCER

HAMILTON, Ont. - The playoffs have arrived in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) football and men's rugby, while the quarter-finals are set in both men's and women's soccer.

The men's soccer quarter-finals are set with the No. 1 Carleton Ravens (12-1-1) hosting the Ryerson Rams (6-6-3), gaining their first ever playoff victory on Wednesday. The Rams got past the Trent Excalibur 3-2 in a shootout. Moses Kgasa (Gaborone, Botswana) scored the winner in penalty kicks after scoring in regulation.

The Ravens are led by OUA goals champion Matthew D'Angelo (Ottawa, Ont.) who netted 13 markers. Carleton has outscored Ryerson 4-0 in two victories this season.

Another shootout winner, the Brock Badgers (7-6-2), will make the trek to Toronto to play the No. 4 York Lions (9-4-1). Francesco Bruno (Toronto, Ont.) of the Leos placed second in the OUA goals race with 10. Brock goalkeeper Lee Wesselius (Bowmanville, Ont.) was outstanding in the 1-0 shootout victory, stopping all three Waterloo Warriors on penalty kicks.

The No. 6 Toronto Varsity Blues (10-1-3) will host the Laurentian Voyageurs (7-5-3). Laurentian lost to the Blues 3-0 in Toronto on Sept. 6. In their second game, the Voyageurs and Blues battled to a 0-0 draw in Sudbury on Oct. 5. Laurentian's Scott Cliff (Sudbury, Ont.) and Toronto's John Smits (Mississauga, Ont.) were in net for the double-shutout.

In the final game this weekend, the Western Mustangs (8-4-3) visit the No. 9 Laurier Golden Hawks (7-3-4). The two teams battled to a 2-2 draw in Waterloo on Sept. 27 before Laurier defeated Western on the road 2-1 on Oct. 19. Pat Mroczek (St. Catharines, Ont.) scored eight goals for the Mustangs during the regular season. Hugo Hernandez (Markham, Ont.) led Laurier with five. Western got past the Guelph Gryphons 3-2 in the opening round.

The winners of these games advance to the semi-finals on Nov. 1.

OUA SCHEDULE

M-SOCCER - QUARTER-FINALS

October 25, 2008
1 p.m. Western @ Laurier
2 p.m. Ryerson @ Carleton
2 p.m. Brock @ York
6 p.m. Laurentian @ Toronto

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