Sports recap: Men’s soccer Lions draw Mustangs to complete unbeaten season

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The No. 1 ranked York University Lions men’s soccer team ended the regular season with a score draw against the Western University Mustangs on Sunday, Oct. 19 at York Stadium, completing an unbeaten campaign.

The York men’s soccer Lions in game action against the Western University Mustangs on Sunday at York Stadium


Many of the team’s regular starters rested this game with first place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West Division already wrapped up. The Lions end the year with a 14-0-2 mark and scored 59 goals, averaging almost four goals per game and allowed just seven all season.  More details on the York Lions website.

One day earlier, the Lions won their 13th game in a row with a 4-2 victory over the visiting University of Windsor Lancers.

With many of their starters resting before the playoffs, the Lions relied on a different set of players to get the job done and they did not disappoint. Nicolas Mejia scored a pair of goals, including the game winner in the second half, while Eric Amato and Domenic Gullo netted one each.  More details.

Women’s soccer Lions fall to Mustangs, finish third in OUA West

The York University Lions women’s soccer team lost its final regular-season game to the Western University Mustangs in a battle for first place in the OUA West standings, 1-0 on Sunday at York Stadium.

With the loss, the Lions finish the regular season in third place in the division, one point behind the Laurier Golden Hawks. The Mustangs clinched top spot by just a single point. Both Western and Laurier earned first-round byes, while the Lions will have to play a first-round match.  More details.

One day earlier, the Lions won their 12th game of the season by a 3-0 score over the University of Windsor Lancers. The Lions made quick work of the Lancers, scoring two first-half goals and another early in the second for the win, while firing 13 total shots on Windsor goalkeeper Krystin Lawrence.

Aisha Lewis scored her seventh of the season of a cross from Christina Morelli in the 20th minute, and 15 minutes later Nour Ghoneim netted her 17th, with an assist from Lewis, before the end of the half.  More details.

Women’s hockey Lions blank Ridgebacks in home opener

The York University Lions women’s hockey team bested the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Ridgebacks by a score of 2-0 on Sunday at Canlan Ice Sports in its home opener.

The Lions dominated the first period in the attacking half as the team pressured the Ridgebacks’ defence, and it didn’t take long for them to get on the scoreboard. Sarai Whitty shot straight at the goaltender (who could not get a good grip on the puck) as Lions’ rookie forward Chelsea Tucker scrambled to poke it in to give the Lions an early lead just 2:29 in.  More details.

On Friday afternoon, the No. 3 nationally ranked Queen’s University Gaels scored for power play goals en route to a 5-0 win over the Lions in Kingston, Ont.

The first period remained scoreless until 16:03, when Taryn Pilon improved on her league-leading goal total, burying her fifth of the season on the power play to put the Gaels ahead in the first period.  More details.

Football Lions fall to Gaels in final road game of the season

The York University Lions football team was defeated by a score of 57-10 by the Queen’s University Gaels at Richardson Stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Saturday afternoon.

The Gaels jumped out to an early 17-0 lead after the first quarter of play. The Lions cut into the deficit with a touchdown at 12:28 of the second to make the score 17-7, but a trio of Queen’s touchdowns, as well as a field goal and a York-conceded safety gave the Gaels a 43-7 lead at the half.

Queen’s added another touchdown and a rouge in the third quarter, as well as a pair of field goals in the fourth, to round out the scoring. The Lions also converted a field goal in the final frame.  More details.

Late goal by Badgers leads to win over men’s hockey Lions

The York University Lions men’s hockey team was defeated by the Brock University Badgers by a score of 3-1 on Saturday at Canlan Ice Sports.

The Lions had a slow start to the first period despite having 10 shots on the goal.

The Badgers broke the deadlock at 13:31 through a Sammy Banga goal. The Badgers were hovering over the Lions’ defensive line during the power play and after a series of passing, Banga found the breakthrough.  More details.

One day earlier, the Lions fell to the University of Waterloo Warriors by a score of 3-2 after the Warriors scored three unanswered goals. In the first period at 4:03, Shayne Rover stole the puck and stormed the Warrior goalie, Mike Morrison, with a strike that landed behind the goal line, establishing a 1-0 advantage.

Just over four minutes later, Colton Vannucci invaded the Warrior defence from the right side to provide an assist to Derek Sheppard, who received the puck on the left side. Shepard buried the puck behind Morrison, advancing York to a 2-0 lead.  More details.