Gryphon soccer men edged by Brock

ST. CATHARINES – A comeback attempt by the Guelph Gryphons fell short and their aspirations of a first-place finish in the OUA men’s soccer league’s West Division took a big hit Friday when they suffered a 4-3 loss to the Brock Badgers at Brock’s Alumni Field.

The loss was the second in league play for the Gryphs this season and it puts an end to their five-game unbeaten streak (four wins and a tie). The Gryphs and Badgers had fought to a 1-1 standoff in Guelph Sept. 6.

It was Guelph’s first loss to Brock in league play in more than a decade as the Gryphs had 15 wins and seven ties with the Badgers since being blanked 3-0 at Brock on Sept. 28, 2008.

The Gryphs never led in the game, but scored twice in the final five minutes to cut the gap to the final one-goal margin.

Brock scored twice in the opening 17 minutes of the match and led 2-1 at halftime. Former Gryphon Jared Agyemang scored twice 12 minutes apart midway through the second half to extend Brock’s lead before the Gryphs netted their two late goals.

Peter Zehdee, Mitch Lefebvre and Jack Sears scored the goals for Guelph while Michael Fernandez and Viktor Kariuki had the other goals for Brock.

The result leaves the Gryphs at 7-2-3 and Brock at 5-3-3. Guelph is second in the West Division and they trail the leading York Lions (8-0-3) by three points, but York has a game in hand. The Gryphs have already clinched a playoff berth.

The Gryphs have two games to go on their regular-season schedule. They’re to play the fourth-place McMaster Marauders (4-3-5) Friday at 8:15 p.m. at the Gryphon Soccer Complex and battle the seventh-place Waterloo Warriors (2-6-4) at Waterloo’s Warrior Field Oct. 20 at 4:15 p.m.

The playoff participants in the division have been decided with York, Guelph, Brock, McMaster, Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs getting in. However, their final finishing places have yet to be determined.

 

Badgers 4 Gryphons 3
Guelph     1-2–3
Brock        2-2–4
 
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