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The York University Lions men’s soccer team cruised to a dominating 8-0 victory over the Brock University Badgers on Monday afternoon in their home opener at the York Soccer Pitch. Jonathan Lao, Joseph Cicchillo and Mark-Anthony Kaye each scored two goals in the contest. Lao, a first-year midfielder with the Lions, has now scored four goals on the season in just two games.
The Lions wasted no time getting on the board, scoring just six minutes into the game for Lao’s third of the season. Six minutes later Kaye netted his first of the year, and then Cicchillo scored back-to-back goals in the 25th and 36th minutes to make it 4-0 in favour of the Lions. Kaye scored his second of the game before the half was done and the Lions carried a 5-0 lead into the break. More details on the York Lions website.
In their season opener on Saturday afternoon, the Lions started on the right, coming from behind to beat the University of Windsor Lancers 2-1 thanks Lao’s two goals in the final 10 minutes.
Despite the Lions pushing the pace for much of the game, the contest remained scoreless until the 71st minute when Windsor’s Christian Mayorga beat Lions goalkeeper Sotiri Varlokostas on a low strike to open the scoring.
The Lions looked for a response, pressuring the Lancers in their own zone looking for the equalizer. In the 82nd minute, Lao scored the Lions first goal of the season, and then in the 88th minute he put the Lions up for good with his second goal. More details.
Women’s soccer Lions play to scoreless draw with Badgers
The York University Lions women’s soccer team opened the home portion of the 2013 season with a scoreless tie against the Brock University Badgers on Monday afternoon at the York Soccer Pitch. The Lions dominated play for much of the contest but could not get the ball past Brock rookie goalkeeper Jenna Vasiliaskas. They fired 12 shots at the net, led by four by third-year defender Shannon Wood, but Vasiliaskas stopped all five shots she faced to preserve the shutout.
At the other end of the pitch, Lions fifth-year goalie Sarah Fiorini stopped two shots for her first shutout of the season. More details.
Two days earlier, the Lions dropped their season opener to the Windsor Lancers by a score of 1-0. The Lions and Lancers were scoreless for much of the game until the 74th minute, when Lancers first-year midfielder Becca Fuerth booted in a rebound off of a free kick for the game’s lone goal.
The Lions showed lots of energy in the first half, outshooting the Lancers 7-2 in the first 45 minutes of play. Sarah Wong was given the best early chance, but was stopped on a breakaway by Lancers goalkeeper Tara Benard-Rae. More details.