Marauders return to win column

McMaster’s Muntazir Fadhel (17) slides to block scoring attempt. (Photo: McMaster Communications)

The McMaster men’s soccer team improved its record to 4-1 after downing the Guelph Gryphon’s 3-1 on Saturday (Sept. 15) at Ron Joyce Stadium.

Mac had won three straight to start the season but lost to first place York on Wednesday.

The Marauders opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Ryan Garnett (Kitchener, Ont.) weaved through the Guelph defence to find Gersi Xhuti (Etobicoke, Ont.) open at the top of the box. The second-year player quickly buried the kick for his third goal of the season.

Eight minutes later, Guelph would equalize the score from a scramble in the box. Brenden Springer (Burlington) would find the back of the net to tie up.

The 1-1 score wouldn’t last long, though, and two minutes later, Garnett would once again set up the goal. On a free kick, the ball found its way to Paterson Farrell (Oakville) for his fourth of the season and the 2-1 lead.

The Marauders would finish the half up 3-1 with the fourth goal of the game coming from Andrew Pastoric (Oakville). A cross from defenceman Robert Schlosser (Stoney Creek) saw Pastoric capitalize.

The second half went scoreless as both teams had opportunities to score, but neither were able to convert.
The Marauders, second in the West division, head out on the road to face the UOIT Ridgebacks on Sunday.