Gryphon soccer men nipped by Lions

TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons surrendered a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes of their OUA men’s soccer league match Wednesday night as they were edged 3-2 by the York Lions at York’s Alumni Field.

The Gryphs led with just over five minutes to go in regulation time when York connected to tie the score. The Lions added another goal less than four minutes later for the win.

Conor O’Callaghan and Jace Kotsopoulos collected a goal apiece for the Gryphs while Calvin Witzell and Ryan Vyrostko each had an assist.

Steve Kloutsouniotis, Cristian Cavallini and Maurizio Ragone scored for York while Cavallini also had an assist.

Guelph outshot York 11-10 and the Gryphs took five of the game’s seven corner kicks.

York leads the West Division at 2-0-1 while the McMaster Marauders are second at 2-0-0 and the Gryphs are third at 1-1-1.

The game brought back memories of 2016 when York came back in the second half of both of their regular-season matches with the Gryphs. The Lions scored twice in the last 10 minutes to nip the Gryphs 2-1 in a league game at Guelph early in the season then scored three times in the second half, including twice in the last 10 minutes, to double the Gryphs 4-2 at York about four weeks later.

However, the Gryphs got their revenge in the playoffs when they yielded the game’s opening goal before scoring three in a row to top the Lions 3-1 in the league’s championship match.

Guelph is to play an exhibition match against the Sheridan Bruins of the Ontario colleges league Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Gryphon Soccer Complex. It’s a preseason match for the Bruins who start their regular season Sept. 9.

The Gryphs are to tangle with the Laurier Golden Hawks (0-2-0) in league play Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

  • Guelph Sports Journal