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Gryphon soccer men finish fourth in the country

OTTAWA – It’s fourth place for the Guelph Gryphons at the U SPORTS national university men’s soccer championship tournament.

The OUA champion Gryphs yielded a single goal in each half as they dropped a 2-0 decision to the Atlantic champion Cape Breton Capers in the bronze-medal game Sunday at Ravens Perch on the Carleton University campus.

Cape Breton 2 Guelph Gryphons 0

Defender Hugh Parslow scored in the 21st minute for Cape Breton and forward Kairo Coore added the other goal in the 74th minute.

The Gryphs outshot Cape Breton 10-7, but the Capers had three of their shots reach the target while the Gryphs had one.

Cape Breton also had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks thanks to a 4-1 advantage in the second half.

The Gryphs were called for 11 fouls in the game, one more than the Capers. However, Guelph was whistled for eight of their fouls in the second half while Cape Breton was called for seven in the first half.

Jordan Watkins was the winning keeper with the clean sheet for the Capers.

The Gryphs complete their season with an 11-2-3 overall record after going 8-0-2 in OUA play.

Of the players on the team, forward Mitchell Lefebvre and midfielder Alexander Zis are the only ones assured of not being back as they’ve used up their five years of eligibility. However, defencer Ian Vidovich, midfielder Lucas Doros and forwards Evan Dick and Dylan Rennie have each used up four years of eligibility and all but Rennie are in their fifth year of schooling at the university. Rennie is in his fourth.

The Gryphons carried a roster of 32 players and 21 were in their first year of eligibility and four others were in their second.

Quebec champion Montreal Carabins claimed the national title with a 2-1 victory in overtime over the host Carleton Ravens in Sunday’s gold-medal match.


  • Guelph Sports Journal