CIS men’s soccer Wednesday roundup: Gaels beat Nipissing 2-1 with a last-minute goal from Kristian Zanette


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Toronto 2 Laurentian 1 Final
OUA East round 1
Nipissing 1 Queen’s 2 Final
OUA East round 1

Source: Shawn MacDonald, Queen’s Sports Info

KINGSTON, Ont. – With the game tied 1-1 as time was windingdown, Kristian Zanette (Thunder Bay, Ont.) scored the last-minutego-ahead goal for Queen’s, giving them the 2-1 victory against theNipissing Lakers on Wednesay at the West Campus Turf Field in OUAPlayoff action.

Both teams were scoreless through the first-half, with the Gaelsrecording the half’s sole shot.

The offense came to life in the second frame, when Eric Koskins(Richmond Hill, Ont.) opened the scoring with a goal from the topof the 18-yard box, slotting it to the right of Lakers keeperAndrew Reddick. Ryan Mantle responded for Nipissing in the 67thminute, knocking in a cross to even the score 1-1.

As the clock neared full-time, Kristian Zanette released arocket that sailed over Reddick and into the top-right corner,winning the game for Queen’s.

Dylan Maxwell (Vancouver, B.C.) stood tall in nets for theGaels, making three saves in the win.

With the win, Queen’s advances to the next stage of the playoffswhere they faceoff against the Carleton Ravens at 2pm on Sunday.The Gaels finished six points back of the Ravens during regularseason play, with Carleton topping Queen’s 2-0 and 4-1 in theirmeetings this year.

Western 0 Windsor 1 Final OUA West round 1

Source: Windsor Sports Info

WINDSOR, Ont. – The Lancer men’s soccer team defeated theWestern Mustangs 1-0 on Wednesday night to advance to the OUA Westsemi-finals.

Cristian Mayorga scored the game’s lone goal early in the game,while the Lancer defense was strong and Dejo Olagbegi earned theshut-out in net.

Story to follow.

Windsor will either play the York Lions or McMaster Marauders onthe road on Sunday October 27th. Stay tuned to forgame information as it becomes avilable.

Laurier 4 Guelph 3 Final – PK OUA West round 1

Source: Michelle Pino, Guelph Sports Info

Guelph, Ont. – The Guelph Gryphon’s men’s soccerteam fell 4-3 in penalty kicks to the Laurier Golden Hawks in thefirst round of the OUA Playoffs on Wednesday night. The lossunfortunately ends the season for the squad.

Despite the loss Guelph put on an exciting display tonight, TheGryphon’s opened the half with a goal in the third minute ofthe contest on a brilliant free kick from Ethan Danielli. In the21st minute Jared Agyemeng nearly scored another for Guelph when heshot the ball just wide of the net directly off a cross. In the30th minute Paul Manchisi struck the ball from just outside theLaurier box and hit the top bar, narrowly missing.

The opening half was extremely close with plenty of tension fromboth sides. In the 42nd minute Laurier was awarded an indirect freekick a few feet outside the Gryphon box. Goalie Niklas Wetterlingmade a marvelous save to keep the lead for the Gryphon’s.However, off the ensuing corner kick Jordan Kotsopolous evened thematch for the Golden Hawks.

The scored remained 1-1 at the half.

Early in the second half Laurier controlled possession anddictated the game. Tim Flynn was given a yellow card in the 71stminute after a questionable challenge. In the 77th minuteLaurier’s Niklas Bauer finally broke the deadlock on a longstrike.

Down 2-1 Guelph battled hard to even things up. In the 86thminute Guelph was given a free kick from a few feet outside thebox. Leading scorer Robert Murphy sailed the free kick over theLaurier net and out of play. The game seemed to be over but theGryphon’s never quit. In injury time the Gryphon’sJared Agyemang evened the match at 2-2 with a beautiful headergoal. This sent the match into extra time.

In the 96th minute Guelph’s Timothy Flynn scored to makethe score 3-2.

In the 105th minute Laurier was awarded a free kick inchesoutside the Gryphon box. Their glorious opportunity to tie up thematch was blocked by the Guelph wall. Laurier continued to pressurethe Gryphon defense and in the 113th minute they tied the matchwhen Jordan Kotsopoulos scored his second of the match. The gameended at 3-3 and went on the penalty kicks.

The Gryphon’s opened the penalty shootout with a goal fromPaul Manchisi. Laurier answered back with a goal as well. After thefirst six shooters the teams were tied as all attempts had beenconverted. With the seventh shot Gryphon Justin Springer wasstopped, opening the door for Laurier to take the game. ForwardMatthew Maughn scored for Laurier to end the game.

The loss ends the season for the Guelph Gryphon’s, whileLaurier moves on to the OUA quarterfinals.

At the start of the game the Gryphons honoured their graduatingplayers.

Goalkeeper Niklas Wetterling, who is an international studentwho will be returning to Sweden in December after one term here inGuelph. Niklas quickly demonstrated his ability in goal andhas since taken over the starting job, starting 12 of the 16regular season games this season, and recording a total of sixclean sheets, 27 saves, and 40 claims.

Neil McLoughlin has unfortunately had his Gryphon careershortened by injury. On his day, Neil was one of the finest andmost talented defenders we’ve ever had; in his four-yearcareer, Neil made 36 appearances, 19 as a starter and we wish himwell in his recovery from hip surgery this winter.

Marc Bijman has been an incredibly determined and focused playerwho has concentrated since day one on winning his spot in the backfour. In all, he appeared 48 times for the Gryphons, 20 as astarter and had his most impressive season in 2012 playing over1000 minutes and leading the team in ball won %.

Jacob Stolle came to the University of Guelph as a forward, andsince then has played just about every position on the field,including back-up goalkeeper last year. He has spent most of hisGryphon career as a defender and has had an exceptional 2013season. In all, he has appeared for the Gryphons an impressivetotal of 57 times, 34 times as a starter, and has scored five goalsfor the team, all while maintaining a very impressive academicaverage and winning most of his fantasy football leagues.

Jeremy Gaylor is yet another graduating defender who has had avery impressive career at the University of Guelph. Jeremy hasplayed both centre back and full back and has shown his importanceto the team this year again and again using his speed and gooddecision making to take opportunities from attackers. Jeremyhas appeared in 58 games as a Gryphon, starting 49; he has a careerpassing percentage of 79%, has showed his good decision making innever having a season with more than 9 fouls, and scored his firstGryphon goal this year.

Nick Liang is a 5th year who has been a goalkeeper and is now anassistant goalkeeping coach; he is the consummate team player,willing to do anything to help the team reach their goals. His selfless and consistently professional attitude will bemissed.

Robbie Murphy is without a doubt the greatest Gryphon to haveever graced the men’s soccer team. His stats almost speak forthemselves – he has appeared 66 times for the Gryphons, 58 asa starter; he has scored a team record 47 goals, more than doublingthe previous Gryphon record; he was an OUA all-star three times sofar, an All-Canadian once, named OUA and CIS Rookie of the Year in2009, OUA and CIS Player of the Year in 2011, and has twicerepresented Canada at the FISU Games, most recently as teamcaptain, scoring five goals as an international; further, he hasbeen selected as the team MVP twice, has been selected captain forthe past four years in a row, and was the Gryphon Male Athlete ofthe Year in 2011.

Scott Harrigan
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