Gryphon soccer men prevail in match with Brock

ST. CATHARINES – The Guelph Gryphons struck for four consecutive goals on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Brock Badgers in OUA men’s soccer play Saturday at Brock Alumni Field.

Brock opened the scoring in the 11th minute on a goal by former Gryphon Jared Agyemang, but Guelph led 2-1 at the end of the first half and 4-1 less than 10 minutes into the second half. Agyemang scored 30 goals for the Gryphs from 2012 to 2014 and stands third in the all-time Gryphon scoring.

Mitchell Lefebvre and Jace Kotsopoulos scored twice each for the Gryphs while Ryan Vyrostko scored once. Luke Rankin, Vyrostko and Lefebvre each had one assist.

Arsen Platis had the other goal for Brock.

The Gryphs outshot the Badgers 12-5 and had an 8-5 advantage on shots that reached the net in the physical contest that saw a total of 39 fouls called.

Ryan Collins picked up the win in the Guelph net while Anthony Scott was charged with the loss in the Brock net. He gave way to Sean Darracott after 73 minutes.

The goals by Kotsopoulos lift his seasonal total to seven. He’s tied for the league lead in that category with Abdallah El-Chanti of the Ryerson Rams. The goals also give fourth-year Gryphon Kotsopoulos 47 for his time with the Gryphs — 45 in the regular season and two playoff goals. That’s one short of tying the all-time Gryphon mark of 48 scored by Robbie Murphy during his five years with the team from 2009 to 2013.

Guelph is fourth in the West Division at 3-1-1 while Brock is seventh at 1-4-0.

The Gryphs are to play the McMaster Marauders (3-0-2) Sunday at 3:15 p.m. at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

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