It’s Frosh Frenzy week at York University and the men’s and women’s soccer teams will host the Laurier Golden Hawks in the annual game presented by Pizza Pizza on Thursday, Sept. 6, in front of thousands of frenzied York freshmen.
The game is always a highlight on the York athletics calendar, and more than 2,500 students pack the stands at Alumni Field each year for the Frosh Frenzy. Last year, the Lions hosted their rival McMaster Marauders and picked up a 5-2 win in the men’s game and a 2-2 tie in the women’s game.
This year, the women’s game will kick off first at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8:15 p.m. Both games can also be seen live online on OUA.tv.
The Lions women’s team will have payback on their minds when they take to the field against Laurier, after losing to Laurier in a close game last week when the Lions dropped a 2-1 game to the Golden Hawks. The game-winning goal came on a penalty kick in the 84th minute. York will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid to the Hawks, as they lost a pair of close games early in the 2017 season by scores of 2-0 and 1-0.
The victory was Laurier’s lone win so far this season and they head into the game with a 1-3-0 record. York, on the other hand, enters the game with a 1-2-1 record. York has been off to an impressive start offensively, currently tied for second in goals (7) in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West division after four games.
The men’s team will look to stay undefeated on the season and win their second game in a row against the Golden Hawks on Thursday night. York defeated Laurier in their last game by a score of 4-0 at University Stadium in Waterloo, Ont., last week. The Lions scored four goals in the first 26 minutes of the game and cruised to the clean sheet victory. The Lions’ last loss against the Golden Hawks came in the OUA championship game in 2008.
The Golden Hawks have struggled so far this season, with a 0-4-0 record, and come into the game looking to avenge last week’s loss. The perennially successful Lions are once again ranked as one of the best teams in the country and will enter the game in the No. 2 spot in the U SPORTS national rankings.
The festivities for the Frosh Frenzy games include free admission for York students, the unveiling of the 2017 OUA men’s championship banner, the YU Nation T-shirt toss, the Pizza Pizza Frosh Frenzy halftime contest and the Best Seats in the House contest.