Gryphon soccer women ride first-half goal to win

GUELPH – A goal half an hour into the game stood up as the only goal of the match as the Guelph Gryphons closed out the home portion of their OUA women’s soccer league’s regular season with a 1-0 win over the York Lions Friday night at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

Danielle Sauve hit for the goal that was set up by Tori Hinchliffe.

Libby Brenneman made three saves for her league-best eighth shutout of the season.

Tamara Orlando made four saves in York’s net.

The Gryphs outshot the Lions 8-5 in the match and the hosts pressed in the second half, holding a 5-1 advantage in shots in the final half.

The victory assured the Gryphs of having a home game in the playoffs as they’re guaranteed of a top-four finish in the West Division. Top two get byes in the divisional quarter-finals and will host divisional semifinals while the third- and fourth-place finishers will host divisional quarter-finals.

The Gryphs lead the West Division at 9-1-3 while the Western Mustangs are second at 8-0-5 and York is third at 7-4-2.

The Gryphs have three games remaining in their regular season, all on the road. They’re to play the Laurier Golden Hawks at Waterloo’s University Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m., Western at Western’s Mustangs Field Friday at 6 p.m. and the Windsor Lancers (2-5-6) at Windsor’s Alumni Field Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.

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