OSHAWA, Ont. – With two of their top strikers on the sidelines, the UOIT men's soccer team knew goals would be tough to come by.
The Ridgebacks were accurate with their pregame assessment as the Queen's Gaels left Oshawa with a 1-0 win and three points in the standings.
Kyle Owens' goal in the 19th minute was the difference maker as the Gaels earned their seventh win of the year and extended their unbeaten streak to three games.
The Ridgebacks made a late push looking for the equalizer and controlled the flow of the game for the final ten minutes. In injury time off a corner kick, Mitchell Hunt (Bowmanville, Ont) attempted to get his head on the loose ball but Queen's keeper Taylor Reynolds got his hands on it to return it to safety.
Travis Martin (Whitby, Ont.) made five stops in the losing effort.
UOIT (5-7-1) remains six points up on the Laurentian Voyageurs (3-8-1) who were idle on Friday.
The Ridgebacks will be back on the pitch on Sunday afternoon when they host the RMC Paladins. RMC has struggled this season with one win and two draws. UOIT defeated RMC 2-0 in their previous meeting in Kingston.
Source: UOIT Ridgebacks
The No. 3 nationally-ranked York University Lions men's soccer team cleaned up at the Warrior Field on Friday night (Oct. 16) with a convincing 5-0 victory over the Waterloo Warriors in their final road game of the regular season.
The full 90 minutes saw the Lions in the Warriors half with a total of 19 shots off in comparison to the Warriors' one shot.
Opening the scoring early in the 13th minute was Jarek Whiteman (Brampton, Ont.), who received the ball off of a tasteful back-heeled pass from Jonathan Lao (Unionville, Ont.) and buried the ball in the back of the net to put the Lions up 1-0.
Then to close off the first half, Dena Iezady (Richmond Hill, Ont.) upped the score to 2-0 with a quick combination play between the Lions' midfield line to score in the 41st minute.
Coming into the second half, the Lions were quick to strike with a third goal thanks to Michael Cox (Calgary). Beating the goalkeeper to the ball off of another assist from Lao, Cox was able to slip the ball past the Waterloo keeper in the 47th minute.
Then later in the 70th minute Whiteman was back in the Warriors' half for another goal. Skillfully receiving a long-ranged diagonal ball on his chest, Whiteman swiveled his hips and hit the ball off the volley to secure a 4-0 lead.
To close off the game, the Lions were able to squeeze in another goal to make it 5-0 from a Ryan Telfer's (Mississauga, Ont.) goal in the 88th minute.
The Lions will now be preparing to take on the Western Mustangs on home turf on Sunday (Oct. 18). Kick-off will be at 3:15pm.
Source: York Lions