Weekend wrap: Pena’s hat trick lifts men’s soccer Lions over Warriors

Adrian Pena earned his second hat-trick of the season and Sotiri Varlokostas was unbeatable in goal as the York University Lions men’s soccer team blanked the University of Waterloo Warriors 4-0 in an afternoon match Saturday, Oct. 1, at York Stadium.

Varlokostas only had to make two saves en route to his fifth shutout of the season, while Warriors goalkeeper Alberto Tinebra, who was much busier, made seven saves on the day.

With the win, the Lions (6-0-3) remain undefeated this season and retake sole possession of first place in the West with 21 points, while the Warriors drop to 2-7-0 on the season but remain in eighth place. More details on the York Lions website.

Number two Mustangs top football Lions 48-23

The York University Lions football team played a strong game against the number two nationally ranked University of Western Ontario Mustangs before falling by a 48-23 score on Saturday in front of 9,411 fans in London, Ont.

The Mustangs were heavily favoured in this game as the only undefeated team in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and playing in front of a packed house for their Homecoming game, but the Lions came flying out of the gates and no doubt surprised those in attendance.

With the win, the Mustangs improved to 5-0 on the year while the Lions dropped to 1-4 and are tied with Guelph for eighth place in the OUA standings.

The Lions got off to their best start of the season with two quick scoring drives in the first quarter. After getting the ball on Western’s 38-yard line after a three-and-out by the Mustangs, quarterback Dimitar Sevdin completed his first three passes, the third to William Austin in the end zone for a 21-yard opening touchdown. More details.

Warriors upset women’s soccer Lions in afternoon match-up

The York University Lions women’s soccer team had its six-game unbeaten streak come to an end on Saturday courtesy of a 1-0 loss to the University of Waterloo Warriors at York Stadium.

Warriors’ goalkeeper Lesia Bandura made 10 saves in the shutout. Sarah Fiorini made four saves in goal for the Lions.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 3-2-3 on the season and currently sit fourth in the West with 12 points. The Warriors improve to 1-5-2 but remain in last place with just five points. More details.

Field hockey Lions earn one point in weekend doubleheader

The York University Lions women’s field hockey team earned one point in a 0-0 tie against the University of Western Ontario Mustangs on Saturday.

The result marked the second straight game in which the Lions earned a point in the standings, following a 2-1 victory over Queen’s University last week.

Unfortunately, the Lions faced defeat the following day in a narrow 1-0 loss to the University of Waterloo Warriors. Stephanie Snyder scored the lone goal for Waterloo in the win. More details.

Women’s rugby Lions defeated by Trent Excalibur

The York University Lions women’s rugby team was defeated by the Trent University Excalibur by a 17-12 score on Friday, Sept. 30 in Peterborough, Ont.

Even though the Lions were unable to come back, they played a strong game. Another outstanding effort by two-time all-star Tiera Thomas-Reynolds helped the Lions stay in the game until the end. She earned 10 points on two tries.

Another notable performance came from Aisan Fazeli, who scored one conversion for two points. More details.