Soccer Lions pull upset in beating Marauders

In a Canadian Interuniversity Sport top-ten match-up, the seventh-ranked York Lions handed No. 4-ranked McMaster its first loss of the 2012 season with a 3-1 decision at Ron Joyce Stadium.

The first half saw York take advantage of a poor clearing attempt by the Marauders and Adrian Pena chipped the ball over Mac keeper Angelo Cavalluzzo to take a 1-0 lead after only 10 minutes of action in the Ontario University Athletics tilt.

In the 39th minute, the Lions again caught McMaster napping in their own end and Joe Cicchillo broke in alone and scored to increase the advantage to 2-0, which is how the half ended.

The Marauders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the second half, when Ryan Garnett’s free kick from 30 yards out found the net and the momentum shifted toward McMaster.

Despite Mac’s pressing for the equalizer, York scored the next goal when the Marauders were called for a hand ball in the box, and Pena buried the resulting penalty kick to restore the Lions’ two-goal advantage.

A red-card assessed against York gave McMaster a man advantage for the last 20 minutes of the contest, but the Marauders could not narrow the gap, and York held on for the win.

The McMaster men, now 3-1, will look to get back in the win column on Saturday (Sept. 15) against the 2-1 Guelph Gryphons. Game time at Ron Joyce Stadium is 3:15 p.m.