Gryphon soccer women edged out of playoffs

Gryphon soccer women edged out of playoffs

HAMILTON – The Guelph Gryphons were knocked out of the OUA women’s soccer playoffs when they were edged 2-1 by the McMaster Marauders in the quarter-finals Saturday at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium.

The Gryphs surrendered two consecutive goals after they’d scored the game’s first goal.

Olivia Razakos gave the Gryphs the lead in the 20th minute when she won a battle for the ball with a McMaster defender before firing home a shot from about 12 yards out.

Emilie Calabrese scored on a penalty kick about 16 minutes later after the Gryphs were shown the yellow card following a tackle of an advancing Marauder in the box.

Calabrese came through for another goal with less than five minutes to go in regulation time when she completed an attack down the right side after teammate Alena Spehar won a battle for the ball.

The game was close throughout with McMaster holding a 10-8 advantage in shots taken and a 6-5 edge in shots that reached the goal.

The Marauders also took four corner kicks, twice as many as the Gryphs who were called for six fouls to two against McMaster.

Sabrina Spano was in net for the Gryphs and she had to make a couple of diving saves in the second half to keep the game tied for as long as it was while Ali Mudie was in net for McMaster.

The Gryphs complete their season with an overall 9-3-2 record including the regular season and playoffs. They had lost 4-0 to the Marauders at McMaster Oct. 7 in the regular season.

The Marauders advance to play the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the semifinals Wednesday night in Ottawa.


  • Guelph Sports Journal