Gryphon soccer women slip by Laurier with win at home
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons gave themselves a little bit of breathing room, but didn’t really relieve any pressure heading into the final game of their OUA women’s soccer league’s regular-season schedule.
“Of course you wanted to get the win and we knew it was very important at home as we wanted to have some bit of an advantage going over there not having to chase it, in that way that’s it,” Gryphon coach Shayne Campbell said. “This is far from done. We’ve got work to do.”
Guelph Gryphons 1 Laurier 0
Top two in each of the league’s three divisions plus two wild-card teams qualify for the playoffs that start next week. The Gryphs remained in a position to be one of the lucky eight with a 1-0 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks Wednesday night at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.
The Gryphs and Western Mustangs are tied for first in the West Division at 5-2-2 while Laurier is third at 4-3-2. Windsor Lancers (3-4-2) have a slim shot at grabbing a wild-card berth while the other two – Waterloo Warriors at 1-3-4 and Brock Badgers at 2-6-0 – are out of the running.
Already assured of playoff berths are the Central Division-leading Nipissing Lakers (8-0-0) and the East Division-leading Ottawa Gee-Gees (8-0-1).
The result followed a trend the Gryphs have set this season as they’ve scored more than once in a game twice this season. They netted four in a win over Windsor in their second game of the season and two in a win over Western in their third game.
They’ve also held their opponent to one goal or less in all but one game this season, they’re disappointing 3-1 loss to Brock at Brock last weekend.
Venessa Mazur dropped a long shot into the Laurier next six minutes into the match for her second of the season, both game-winners.
Brooke Davidson earned her fourth shutout of the season, but had to make some key saves for the victory.
“I thought it was Brooke’s best performance of the year,” Campbell said. “I thought she was incredible at timely moments when we needed her to be top, she was just awesome. I really felt that she had a really good game.”
The Gryphs outshot the Golden Hawks 16-8, including 13-5 on shots on target.
This season teams play each other twice in a single week and that can lead to changes in the second game of the week. The Gryphs and Laurier are to meet again Sunday at Waterloo’s University Stadium in their final game of the regular season.
”We just have to deal with the transition moments a bit,” Campbell said. “They’ve got really strong players that can come up the middle so we’ve got to really be ready for those moments and certainly ensure that we manage them better than we did today. It’s just focus. Maintain the focus and make sure you’re ready to go. That’s the key.”
Game time Sunday is 1 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal