Weekend wrap: Lao’s last minute goal gives Lions win over Gryphons

Fourth-year midfielder Jonathan Lao scored in the 90th minute to help the York University Lions men’s soccer team extend its winning streak to seven games, with a 2-1 win over the University of Guelph Gryphons on Sunday at Alumni Stadium in Guelph, Ont.

Jonathan Lao

The victory keeps the No. 1 nationally ranked Lions undefeated with a 7-0-0 record this year, while the No. 9 Gryphons were handed their first loss, and are now 3-1-2. More details on the York Lions website.

The win was the team’s second of the weekend, as they also knocked off the rival McMaster University Marauders by a score of 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

After the two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first half of play, Dena Iezady scored two goals in an eight-minute span in the second for an insurmountable lead. The first came in the 64th minute, and the second one was scored in the 72nd minute. Both were unassisted. More details.

Women’s soccer Lions defeat Marauders to remain unbeaten

The No. 4 nationally ranked York University Lions women’s soccer team picked up its sixth straight win to start the season, with a 2-0 victory over the McMaster University Marauders at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions wasted little time getting the upper hand in this contest as Marilyn Grammenopoulos scored her first of the season less than six minutes in on a pass from Christina Morelli for a 1-0 lead.

The Lions maintained that advantage into the halftime break, and finally got an insurance goal in the 63rd minute off the foot of Kiyani Johnson, her fourth of the season. More details.

The following day, the Lions played to a scoreless draw with the University of Guelph Gryphons. Fourth-year goalkeeper Taylor Grant kept the door shut on the Gryphons, saving both shot attempts that Guelph had on goal. More details.

Football Lions fall to Blues in 47th Red & Blue Bowl

lions-footballThe University of Toronto Varsity Blues football team won its fourth straight Argo Cup with a 45-18 victory over the York University Lions in the 47th Red & Blue Bowl under rainy skies on Saturday at Varsity Stadium.

The win was Toronto’s first of the season to improve its record to 1-3. The Lions fell to 2-2 with the loss.

Second-year running back Kayden Johnson set an Argo Cup record with 32 carries and accumulated 207 yards on the ground to lead all players. He chipped away at the U of T defence relentlessly, with his longest run of the game coming in at just 16 yards. More details.

Women’s rugby Lions fall to top-ranked Marauders

The York University Lions women’s rugby team put up a strong effort but was ultimately defeated by the No. 1 nationally ranked McMaster University Marauders by a score of 42-13 on Friday night at the York Rugby Field.

The two teams played a tight first half that ended with McMaster leading by only nine points, at 17-8. But a strong second half by the defending Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) champions gave them their second win of the season. The Lions fell to 1-1 with the loss.

Catherine Belanger opened the scoring with a penalty goal for a 3-0 lead, but McMaster quickly responded on a try by Stephanie Black. More details.