Gryphon soccer women keep shutout streak alive

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons stretched their shutout streak to five games as they blanked the Algoma Thunderbirds 5-0 in OUA women’s soccer league play Sunday at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

It was Guelph’s fifth consecutive shutout victory and the Gryphs’ seventh shutout in eight games this season. They’ve allowed a single goal in a tie with the York Lions at York Aug. 29.

The last time the Gryphs allowed a goal at home was Oct. 22, 2017, in their final regular-season game of last season when they won 4-2 over the Windsor Lancers.

That weekend wasn’t a good one for the Gryphs as they had been beaten 5-2 at home by the Western Mustangs. However, they rebounded with a 5-0 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks the following weekend in their lone home playoff match.

Sunday, the Gryphs jumped ahead 3-0 in the first half as Tori Hinchliffe scored all three goals.

The second half was Vanessa Mazur’s turn to score as she hit for the other two goals, both assisted by Haileigh Lochhead. Victoria Gunnarson had an assist on one of Hinchliffe’s goals.

Hinchliffe has nine goals on the season and is second in league scoring behind Ottawa’s Emma Lefebvre who has 10 goals.

Santana Ferreira picked up the clean sheet in her first ever full game for the Gryphs. It was her second ever appearance for Guelph as she played 77 minutes in a 3-0 win over Algoma at Superior Heights Field in Sault Ste. Marie almost exactly a year ago.

The Gryphs dominated Sunday’s match as they took all 22 shots recorded in the match and 17 of those were shots on the Algoma goal guarded by Rayne Tuer.

Guelph also took all five corner kicks awarded in the game.

The Gryphs lead the nine-team West Division at 6-0-2 while Algoma is ninth at 0-5-1.

Next up for the Gryphs is a match against the Waterloo Warriors (3-3-2) at Waterloo Sunday at 1 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal