Sept 14, 2014 (ISN) – When the men’s soccer weekend series between the MacEwan University Griffins and the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies settled, the Huskies walked away with two
victories, including a 5-1 Sunday win and the Griffins with more valuable lessons.
Playing a more disciplined game, the Griffins team came out with a renewed
confidence in their game plan and it was evident from the start. The game was evenly
matched on both sides of ball in the first half, with Mathew Gillett opening the
scoring in the 14th minute, completing a pass from David Brown to take the 1-nil
In the 28th minute, the Griffins generated their first quality offensive opportunity
with Dejan Gajic (Sremski Mitrovica, SRB) notching the first home goal in Canada
West for the host team.
“It’s always good to get the first Canada West goal out of the way, but we need to
keep them going now,” said the third year midfielder who finished off a well-placed
ball from Youssef Mimouni (Casablanca, MAR) to tie the match in the 28th minute.
The Huskies would reclaim the lead for good, when the Griffins rookie defender Matt
Hansen (Edmonton, AB) committed a foul in the box, resulting in David Brown’s fifth
goal of the season on the ensuing penalty kick.
“Last year they went to nationals and did very well, so we have a lot to learn from
them,” continued the veteran. “We are doing better at getting our positioning right,
and just need to get better and keep moving forward. They taught us some good things
today; we just need to improve now.”
With the Griffins committing an own goal, Mitch Bauche (51st min) and Austin Boryski
(79th min) rounded out the Huskies scoring for the match.
One day removed from a disappointing performance, Leverman’s tune was decisively
“I thought today’s game was much better. We had a high compete level, implemented a
new game plan the guys stuck to for the most part this game,” said Leverman of the
improvements. “We got our first goal and were deserving of that, and maybe should
have had another one too, but there were lots of positives to take from today’s
The physical play of Youssef Mimouni was notable and translated onto the scoreboard
for the Griffins.
“That is exactly why we put him in,” analyzed the head coach of Mimouni and his
physical size. “He has a great work rate, is a big body, talks well and can occupy
space and hold the ball up. For the most I thought that was good today and it
allowed Jerad (Uytterhagen) and Dallas (Stern) to get up the field and contribute to
Rookie defender Bryce Prochnau (Edmonton, AB) was a standout for the Griffins making
several notable defensive plays and was named the Player of the Game. Brett Levis
(Saskatoon, SK) was a force for the green and white offensively and was named the
Huskies Player of the Game.
One disappointment from the weekend was the loss to starter with the season ending
injury to midfielder Jordan Courtney (2nd year, Edmonton, AB).
“It’s a hit for sure,” commented Leverman of the loss. “He is one of our more
creative players, but it gives the other guys an opportunity to step into the lineup
and develop at a quicker rate than they would have. It might also change the way we
have to play from out of the back but that is something we will have to evaluate
over the next couple of days here.”
The Huskies remain a perfect 4-0-0 on the season, while the Griffins sit at 0-4-0.
The Griffins will travel to Lethbridge to take on the Pronghorns (0-1-1) in a two
game weekend series, while the Huskies will remain idol.