Gryphon soccer teams learn identity of quarter-final opponents

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons now know who they’ll play in their OUA quarter-final soccer doubleheader Sunday at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

The Gryphon women are to start the twinbill with a game against the York Lions at 1 p.m.

The Gryphon men are to follow with a match against the Brock Badgers in the nightcap at 4 p.m.

Both Gryphon squads had byes in Wednesday’s opening round of the playoffs after finishing second in the West Division of their respective divisions.

The women and York actually finished tied for second with identical 8-1-5 records, but the Gryphs won the tie-breaker as they had a win and a tie with the Lions during the regular season.

Wednesday, the Lions edged the Waterloo Warriors 1-0 thanks to a goal early in the second half at York’s Alumni Field. The McMaster Marauders edged Brock 1-0 in Wednesday’s other West Division playoff game.

Sunday’s other quarter-final matches features the Western Mustangs hosting McMaster in the West Division and Ottawa Gee-Gees hosting Ryerson Rams and Toronto Varsity Blues playing the Queen’s Gaels at Kingston in the East Division.

The Gryphon men finished second in the division at 8-2-4 while Brock tied for third with McMaster. The Marauders finished at 6-3-6 while Brock was at 7-5-3.

Wednesday, both West Division first-round games needed more than regulation time to decide the winners.

Brock edged the Windsor Lancers 4-3 in double overtime while McMaster also slipped by Western 4-3 in a chippy game that needed a shootout to decide a winner. Yellow cards were displayed four times to each teams and red cards once to each squad.

Sunday’s other quarter-final matches in men’s play has York hosting McMaster, the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks playing the Carleton Ravens at Ottawa and Toronto and Ryerson tangling at Toronto’s Downsview Park.

Sunday’s winners move on to the OUA Final Four tournaments set for Nov. 1 and 2.

The men’s tournament is to be held at the home of the highest-ranked West Division survivor while the women’s tournament is to be at the home of the highest-ranked East Division survivor.

 

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