Soccer Lions look to continue rolling at home

The York Lions men’s and women’s soccer teams have kicked off the season in impressive fashion.

With 12 wins in 12 games, the Lions are on a serious roll heading into home doubleheaders this weekend against the McMaster Marauders (Sept. 22, 1pm & 3:15pm) and the Brock Badgers (Sept. 23, 1pm & 3:15pm) at York Stadium.

Rookie Moreno Alberti continued his torrid scoring streak this past weekend, ending the week with 10 goals this season, four more than any other player in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport league. Alberti scored twice in helping York topple the Guelph Gryphons, 2-0, and added two more as part of a 5-0 victory over the Waterloo Warriors.

The women’s team has scored an Ontario University Athelitcs (OUA) leading 17 goals on the season after a 5-0 win over Guelph and a 4-1 victory over Waterloo. The Waterloo marker was the first scored against the Lions this season. Lions striker Stefania Morra scored three goals this weekend to give her an OUA-leading eight on the season.

Leanne KellyIn field hockey, the Lions return home to Lamport Stadium to play host to a nine-game weekend after opening their season with two victories.

After reaching the OUA final one year ago, the Lions began their pursuit of a championship with a 1-0 victory over the Queen’s Golden Gaels and a 5-0 defeat of the Carleton Ravens. Leanne Kelly (right) had a three-goal weekend, including two markers against Carleton, while Kristy Fox, Lauren Conforzi, and Hayley Carro each scored for York. The Lions play host to the Guelph Gryphons Saturday at 10am.

The Lions tennis teams also play host to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology this weekend at the Keele Campus. The Lions women’s team opened the season with a road victory over UOIT last Natalie TamFriday before losing tight home matches against Montreal and McGill. They play a rematch with UOIT this Friday at 9am. The men’s team opens its season this weekend with home matches against the Waterloo Warriors (Saturday) and the Laurier Golden Hawks (Sunday).

The Lions women’s rugby team (0-2) will aim for its first win of the season, Friday, when it travels to Peterborough to meet the Trent Excalibur. Second-year player Natalie Tam (left) scored four tries in losses against the Queen’s Golden Gaels and McMaster Marauders this past week.

Finally, the football team also will look to enter the win column in Ottawa Saturday against the defending OUA champion Gee-Gees. The Lions didn’t enjoy their home opener, losing, 47-7, against the winless Guelph Gryphons on Saturday at York Stadium.

This story was submitted to YFile by Mike Koreen, sport & recreation information officer in York’s School of Kinesiology & Health Science, Faculty of Health.