Gryphon soccer women get playoff date with Gaels
WATERLOO – The Guelph Gryphons secured a spot in the OUA women’s soccer league’s playoffs with a 4-0 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks Sunday at University Stadium on the final day of the league’s regular season.
Top two teams in each of the league’s three divisions plus two wildcard teams qualified for the playoffs.
Guelph Gryphons 4 Laurier 0
Kate Knafelc’s goal in first half stoppage time gave the Gryphs a 1-0 lead at halftime and proved to be the game-winner.
Christina Gomes added another Guelph goal four minutes into the second half while Mayah Capovilla (61st minute) and Olivia Brown (72nd minute) wrapped up the scoring. Gomes assisted on Knafelc’s goal.
Brooke Davidson had the clean sheet.
The determined Gryphs outshot the Golden Hawks 15-5 including an 11-3 advantage in shots on target. Guelph also took seven of the game’s 10 corner kicks.
The Gryphs finish in a tie with the Western Mustangs for first in the West Division with identical 6-2-2 records. Western gets top spot as the Mustangs won one of the two games with the Gryphs this season. The other ended in a tie.
Laurier completes the season in third in the division at 4-4-2 and misses the playoffs.
For playoff seedings, the three first-place finishers occupy the top three places and are followed by the other five, all ranked in order of points.
The Ottawa Gee-Gees, first in the East and the league’s only unbeaten team at 9-0-1, are ranked first while the Nipissing Lakers, first in the Central at 8-1-1, are ranked second and Western third. They’re followed, in order, by the Queen’s Gaels (second in East at 8-2-0), the Gryphs (second in West at 6-2-2), Toronto Varsity Blues (second in Central at 6-3-1), York Lions (third in East at 6-3-1) and Ryerson Rams (third in Central at 5-3-2).
All quarterfinals are set for Wednesday.
The Gryphs are to play the Gaels at Queen’s starting at 6 p.m. They beat Queen’s 3-1 in a preseason match in 2016, the only meeting between the teams since the 2006 season. Scores from before then are not available.
Wednesday’s other matches have York playing at Nipissing at 5 p.m., Toronto playing at Western at 7 p.m. and Ryerson playing at Ottawa at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s winners advance to next weekend’s semifinals with the two highest remaining seeds getting home games.
Semifinal victors are to meet at the home of the highest seed of the two combatants Nov. 13.
The Gryphs will be searching for their second title in the history of the league that started in 1984. Their first came in 2017.
Queen’s has won the title six times including one in the league’s inaugural championship in 1984. The Gaels last won it in 2015.
- Guelph Sports Journal