Gryphon soccer women battle Marauders to standoff

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons and McMaster Marauders battled to a 1-1 standoff in OUA women’s soccer league play Friday night at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

Both goals came in the first half as Kate Knafelc put the Gryphs ahead in the 23rd minute and Ally Riganelli pulled McMaster even 11 minutes later.

Sydney Vanderhoef picked up an assist on the Guelph goal while Talia Merino-Sierra had an assist on McMaster’s goal.

McMaster outshot the Gryphs 12-9 in the match, but the Gryphs had four of their shots reach the net while McMaster had two.

Brooke Davidson picked up the tie in the Guelph net while Juliana Hifawi was in net for McMaster.

The six playoff participants in the West Division have been decided, but their exact order of finish has not been determined.

The Western Mustangs lead the division at 10-0-4 and they’ve clinched first place. The Gryphs and York Lions are tied for second, each at 7-1-5, while McMaster is fourth at 7-4-2, Brock Badgers fifth at 5-3-4 and Waterloo Warriors sixth at 3-4-5.

The first- and second-place finishers get byes in the opening round of the playoffs while the third- and fourth-place finishers are to host opening-round matches Wednesday.

If the Gryphs and York finish in a tie, Guelph will win the tie-breaker thanks to a 2-1 win in their season opener Aug. 31 at York. The Gryphs and Lions tied in their other meeting of the regular season Sept. 29 at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

Both Guelph and York are to complete their regular seasons Sunday. The Gryphs are to play the Warriors at Waterloo at 2 p.m. and the Lions are to host the Windsor Lancers (1-10-2) at 1 p.m.


Gryphons 1 Marauders 1

McMaster     1-0–1
Guelph         1-0–1
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