Gryphon soccer men ousted in shootout setback

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons also suffered a heart-breaking loss in the OUA men’s soccer quarter-finals Sunday at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

The Gryphons were edged 1-0 by the Western Mustangs as the match went to a shootout that required 16 shooters.

The teams battled scoreless through regulation time and two overtime halves to bring on the shootout.

They were still tied after the regulation five shooters aside as both teams had four goals. Dylan Rennie, Jace Kotsopoulos, Peter Zehdee and Calvin Witzell scored for Guelph while Anthony Chrysanthou, Mark Serjeant, Owain Evans and Robert D’Amario scored for Western

Jon Hodge of Western and Willem Grant of the Gryphs scored in the first round of the sudden-victory segment before the following shooter on each team was stymied.

Western won on a goal by Lucas Ventura in the third round of the final segment.

After the teams took one shot apiece in the first half, the Gryphs carried the play in the second half, but couldn’t score despite outshooting Western 8-2 in the half. The Gryphs also took all three shots taken in overtime. Of the shots that reached the net, Guelph had six to Western’s one.

Kody Thomson picked up the clean sheet for Western while Erik Hermanns was in net for Guelph.

Western advances to next weekend’s OUA Final Four tournament along with the York Lions, Carleton Ravens and the winner of Sunday night’s match between the Ryerson Rams and Toronto Varsity Blues.

York blanked the Waterloo Warriors 3-0 in Sunday’s quarter-finals while Carleton downed the Nipissing Lakers 5-1.

  • Guelph Sports Journal