Weekend wrap: Women’s soccer Lions’ late goal secures win over Marauders

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The York University Lions women’s soccer team came away with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over McMaster University at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ont.

It took 89 minutes for the Lions to break the deadlock, when captain Farkhunda Muhtaj delivered a deep ball intended for fourth-year forward Kiyani Johnson. The ball travelled down the far right side of the pitch, leading to a sprint between Marauders keeper Juliana Hifawi and Johnson. More details on the York Lions website.

Three days later, the women’s soccer team beat Brock University 2-1 in St. Catharines, Ont.

After a scoreless first half, despite seven shots fired, the Lions only needed four minutes in the second half to find the back of the net, courtesy of Kalifornia Mitchell. More details.

On Sunday, the women’s soccer team beat the University of Waterloo 3-0 in a thrilling game on home turf. It was after a penalty was called on Waterloo that Mitchell was able to take a penalty shot, which successfully gave the Lions their first goal of the game. More details.

Tennis Lions sweep Badgers to end regular season on high note

The York University Lions men’s and women’s tennis teams ended their regular seasons with convincing victories over Brock University at the Tait Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon.

The men picked up their first win of the season with a sweep of the Badgers, earning all seven points. The women came close to matching the feat, earning a 6-1 victory. Also this past weekend, the Lions faced the Montreal Carabins and were defeated in both matches; the men by a 7-0 score and the women 6-1. More details.

Cross country Lions finish fourth at Don Mills Open

The York University Lions cross country teams kept their season rolling on Saturday at the Don Mills Open, with the women’s team finishing fourth overall in Waterloo, Ont.

Proving to be the standout of the season, rookie Carmen Krawczynski Gonzalez was once again the first Lion to cross the line, completing the 8-kilometre race in a time of 32:54.

Krawcyznski Gonzalez finished the race ninth overall, the first top-10 finish by a female cross country runner since Giulia Ferrante finished eighth at the same meet in 2012. More details.

Men’s soccer Lions record eighth shutout with 1-0 win over Warriors

On Oct. 6, the No. 4 nationally ranked York University Lions men’s soccer team beat the University of Waterloo 1-0 at Alumni Field, extending their undefeated run to 10 games on the season.

The game was off to a slow scoring start as both York and Waterloo’s defensive lines blocked one another from getting any successful shots on goal.

It was in the 38th minute of play when York’s Cristian Cavallini was able to secure the first goal for the Lions with an assist by Merci Yuma. More details.

Earlier in the week, the men’s soccer team played to a 0-0 draw against McMaster University at Ron Joyce Stadium on Wednesday night in Hamilton, Ont.

Scoring opportunities were few and far between for both sides. Yuma tried to get the Lions rolling 13 minutes in; dribbling past his defender, he fired a shot on net that was ultimately saved by Marauders keeper Michael Costanzo. More details.

Three days later, on Saturday afternoon, the men’s soccer team beat Brock University in a high-scoring 5-0 game at Varsity Soccer Field in St. Catharines, Ont.

The first goal of the game was scored by Cavallini, whose unassisted goal commenced York’s scoring streak. Yuma followed Cavallini with a goal of his own, registering his sixth of the season. York’s Vaughan Bianchi finished the first half with an unassisted goal of his own, his first of the season. More details.

Field hockey Lions finish weekend third in OUA standings

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the York University Lions field hockey team defeated Western University at Varsity Field in Guelph, Ont., by a lopsided score of 9-2, but were defeated later in the day by the University of Guelph 2-0.

Several York players earned their way onto the scoresheet in the first game against the Mustangs. Forward Marella Greco scored a hat-trick in the game, followed by two goals each from Lexi Hannah and Chrysda Smith.

Later on in the day, the Lions looked to keep the wind in their sails but faced a disappointing defeat against the Gryphons.

The Gryphons and Lions were both coming into the match with wins under their belt. Unluckily, the Lions were bested when the Gryphons scored first in the final minutes of the first quarter from midfielder Nyah Miranda, giving the Gryphons a 1-0 lead. More details.

Men’s hockey Lions drop season opener to Varsity Blues

On Saturday night, the York University Lions men’s hockey team dropped their season opener 5-3 against the University of Toronto at Varsity Arena.

The first period opened in favour of the Lions, with an unassisted goal from forward Benjamin Evanish in the first two minutes of the game. However, the Varsity Blues were quick to respond with four goals. More details.