Gryphon soccer men to shoot for national bronze
OTTAWA – The Guelph Gryphons are to play for bronze Sunday at the U SPORTS national university men’s soccer championship tournament.
The OUA champion Gryphs moved on to the bronze-medal match after being edged 1-0 in extra time in the semifinals Saturday by the Quebec champion Montreal Carabins at the Ravens Perch on the Carleton University campus.
Montreal 1 Guelph Gryphons 0 (OT)
Montreal’s Guy-Frank Essomé Penda knocked a rebound home in the 99th minute for the lone goal of the match to send the Carabins to the national final for the fourth consecutive season.
The Gryphs thought they’d tied the game shortly after Penda’s goal when one of their crosses was deflected into the net by a Montreal player for an own goal, but it was disallowed as Mitchell Lefebvre of the Gryphs was ruled to have pushed the player from behind causing the Carabin to knock the ball into his own net.
Both goalkeepers, Svyatoslav Artemenko of the Gryphs and Montreal’s Félix Goulet, were called upon to make some stellar saves in the match to keep their teams in the game.
Montreal hoisted the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy as national champions in 2018 and finished as runners-up in 2017 and 2019.
The Gryphs are to play the Atlantic champion Cape Breton Capers in Sunday’s bronze-medal match as the Capers were nipped 3-2 in extra time by the host Carleton Ravens.
Carleton will be out after its first national title in men’s soccer in Sunday’s final.
For the Gryphs, they’ll be looking for their second bronze-medal finish as they’d finished third in the 2016 tournament with a 3-0 win over Cape Breton when they hosted the tournament at Alumni Stadium.
Guelph’s top ever finish in the national event came in 1990 when they were edged 2-1 by the UBC Thunderbirds in the gold-medal match, also played at Alumni Stadium when it had a natural grass field. That was the first time the Gryphs had competed in the national tournament.
The Gryphs also competed in the 1992 tournament as hosts, but they were ousted after they suffered a pair of losses in pool play.
Of the four teams in Sunday’s medal games, the Gryphs are the only one that didn’t play in a medal game in 2019 as Montreal dropped the gold-medal game 2-0 to UQTR in an all-Quebec final that year and Cape Breton edged Carleton 2-1 in the bronze-medal game.
Montreal, Cape Breton and Carleton were all in the medal games in 2018, too, as the Carabins defeated the Capers 2-1 in extra time in the gold-medal game and Carleton blanked the Trinity Western Spartans in the bronze-medal game.
Sunday’s bronze-medal game is to start at 11 a.m. while the gold-medal match is to follow at 2 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal