Gryphon soccer men rally to stay perfect against Algoma

GUELPH – Three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half propelled the Guelph Gryphons to a 5-1 victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds in OUA men’s soccer play Sunday at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

That rally prevented the Gryphons from becoming the first team to ever lose a home game to Algoma in OUA play since the Thunderbirds joined the league in 2014. Algoma has an overall 3-61-6 record with all three wins coming at Superior Heights Field in Sault Ste. Marie, although five of their ties have been in away games.

Sunday’s win gives the Gryphs a 10-0-0 mark against the Thunderbirds and they’ve outscored them 64-4 in the process.

Algoma scored first in Sunday’s match as Mohammed Alqarni tallied in the 19th minute.

The Gryphs pulled even 19 minutes later on a goal by Luka Tadic, set up by Jace Kotsopoulos.

The scored remained tied until a minute and a half into the second half when Kotsopoulos scored the first of two in a row. His second one came a minute and a half later and Mitch Lefebvre added his first of two in a row three and a half minutes after Kotsopoulos’s second goal.

Algoma played a man down the entire second half when Alqarni was shown yellow and red cards right at the end of the first half.

Erik Hermanns picked up the win in net for the Gryphs who had nine shots on net to one for Algoma.

The Gryphs also took 11 of the game’s 12 corner kicks.

The win was Guelph’s fifth in a row and leaves the Gryphs in first place in the West Division at 6-1-1. Waterloo Warriors are second at 6-2-0 and York Lions, who have a game in hand on the top two, are third at 5-0-2.

The Gryphs are to play Waterloo Sunday at 3:15 p.m. at Waterloo’s Warrior Field.

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