Gryphon soccer men finish regular season with Windsor knot

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons and Windsor Lancers got an early look at their first-round playoff opponent when they battled to a scoreless tie to complete their OUA men’s soccer league regular seasons Sunday at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

The tie left the Gryphs third in the West Division at 11-3-2 and Windsor sixth at 5-8-3. They’re to meet again Wednesday in the opening round of the playoffs.

While the Gryphs finished two points behind the McMaster Marauders (12-3-1) in the standings, they entered Sunday’s game knowing that only a monumental upset would allow them to finish second in the division and get a first-round bye.

McMaster hosted the ninth-place Algoma Thunderbirds (2-14-0) on the final day and the Gryphs needed Algoma to either beat or tie the Marauders to have a chance at second. If the Thunderbirds tied McMaster, the Gryphs needed to beat Windsor as the Marauders had the tiebreaker on the Gryphs due to wins in both of the regular-season meetings between Guelph and McMaster. In the end, the Marauders defeated Algoma 3-1.

At Guelph Sunday, the Gryphs took five shots to one for the Lancers and Windsor’s shot didn’t reach the Guelph net guarded by Ryan Collins. Kyle Vizirakis made three saves in the Windsor net.

The Gryphs and Lancers had started the regular season with a game in Windsor Aug. 25 won 4-3 by the defending OUA champion Gryphons.

Wednesday’s playoff game at the Gryphon Soccer Complex is set for 6 p.m.

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