Gryphon soccer men edged in overtime in semifinals

TORONTO – A goal in the final minute of the first half of overtime put an end to the Guelph Gryphons’ golden dream.

The Gryphs were edged 1-0 by the Carleton Ravens in OUA men’s soccer semifinal play Friday at York University’s Alumni Field.

The teams battled scoreless through the 90 minutes of regulation and most of the first 15-minute half of overtime.

However, Daniel Assaf connected for Carleton to eventually give the Ravens the win and a berth in Sunday’s gold-medal game.

The Ravens dominated play after the first half of regulation, especially in the second half of regulation when they outshot the Gryphs 11-1 and took all five corner kicks of the half.

In all, Carleton outshot the Gryphs 19-4 and 8-2 on shots that reached the net. The Ravens also took nine of the 10 corner kicks in the game and they were called for nine fouls, three more than the Gryphs.

Erik Hermanns made seven saves in the Gryphon net while Nick Jeffs had two in the Carleton net.

The other semifinal Friday night saw the York Lions defeat the Toronto Varsity Blues 2-0.

Sunday’s championship match will pit the two teams that finished first in their divisions, York in the West and Carleton in the East, against each other.

The Gryphs and Toronto are to clash in the bronze-medal game at 2 p.m.


Ravens 1 Gryphons 0
Guelph       0-0-0-0–0
Carleton     0-0-1-0–1
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