Hello, my name’s Johnny Demik. And just like Johnny Cash made an immediate impact in country music, McMaster’s Demik has left his calling card on the pitch of the Ontario University Athletic’s men’s soccer league.
The rookie Marauder striker, a graduate from Hamilton District Christian High School, did all the scoring in his first OUA game on the weekend, a 3-1 win over the Waterloo Warriors. The offensive performance, scoring goals at the 24th, 26th and 80th minute marks, earned the Humanities major the first OUA Male Athlete of the Week honour.
The win over the Warriors, combined with a scoreless draw with the Laurier Golden Hawks, left the Marauders alone in second place.
First place in the early going belongs to Toronto Varsity Blues, Brock Badgers and Western Mustangs. They each won their two matches in the opening weekend of play.
And another Hamilton player and his Grimsby goalkeeper teammate played key roles in their team’s success.
Hamilton’s Daniel Maccuzza, a third-year Badger, opened the scoring for Brock who went on to beat the Golden Hawks 3-0 on Saturday.Maccuzza broke a scoreless stalemate in the 55th minute and seven minutes later striker Brian Edgar (Niagara Falls) added Brock’s second goal. Odean Thompson (Mississauga) completed the scoring in the 87th minute.
Badger goalie Chris Cutaia showed he hasn’t lost a step since last season when he set an OUA record of not allowing a goal in seven consecutive games.
Cutaia picked up his second shutout on the weekend, closing the door on the visiting Waterloo Warriors for a 2-0 win. Daniel Hannigan-Daley (Oakville) had Brock’s first goal, scoring in the 31st minute. Joseph Del Priore (St. Catharines) clinched the three points with a goal in the 85th minute, as the Badgers enjoyed a perfect start to the season with six points atop the OUA West standings.
But the Badgers are not alone. University of Western Ontario also had a perfect weekend with a pair of wins. The Mustangs kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 home win over the York Lions, thanks to a lone strike from Scott Cameron in the 33rd minute. Western had 10 shots in the game, while York managed just one. Western followed that win in the opener with a 2-1 victory over the Guelph Gryphons Sunday. Michael Daoust got the winning goal in the 73rd minute. Western’s Jason De Thomasis opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Guelph’s Ferdinando Serpe leveled in the 52nd minute, converting his own penalty kick.
Toronto Varsity Blues jumped out to an early lead in the East with wins over the Ryerson Rams and Trent Excalibur. Mario Nallira secured Toronto’s first three points of the year when his lone strike in the 35th minute stood as the winner in a 1-0 victory over the Rams. Toronto keeper Luciano Lombardi came up big with 10 saves in the match. The Blues then dropped the Excalibur 2-1. Michael Braithwaite and 2005/06 OUA first team all-star Mike Bialy scored for the Blues. First-year midfielder Thaddeus Bolton replied for the Excalibur.
With a 1-0 win over Trent, the Queen’s Golden Gaels won their only game of the opening weekend. Fourth-year Kingston, Ont. native Chris Giancarlo scored for the Gaels.
Carleton Ravens, the defending OUA champion, took four of six points with a 4-0 road victory over the Nipissing Lakers Saturday and then drawing the Laurentian Voyageurs 0-0 Sunday. Fourth-year Ottawa native Abdullai Abunafeesa netted two goals in the win at Nipissing, including the opener in the 39th minute. The Ravens opened the game up in the second half with goals from Liam Boshell in the 56th minute and another from Kofi Iboudi about eight minutes later, before Abunafeesa notched his brace in the 68th minute. There were three red cards issued in the lopsided game.
Guelph’s Chike Agbasi scored two goals to help the Gryphons to an exciting 3-2 win over the Windsor Lancers Saturday in Windsor. Colin MacMillan also scored for Guelph, while Mike Rose and Ciprean Codea accounted for the two Windsor strikes.
The Lancers rebounded from that tough loss with a solid 1-0 victory over the Lions. Rookie striker Owen Horn had the only goal in the match, scoring in the 35th minute to lead Windsor to the win.
The RMC Paladins were idle in the opening weekend of play.