Marauder striking out for Canada

McMaster Marauders’ fourth-year striker Mark Reilly is among the 20 players named to the men’s soccer roster of Team Canada for the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17).

Photo: Lindsay Franco/McMaster Athletics

He was one of three strikers included in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport squad, alongside Toronto’s Mario Kovacevic and Guelph’s Robbie Murphy.

Reilly led the Marauders, and ranked third in Ontario University Athletics with 11 goals in 13 starts for the Maroon and Grey this season. His performance earned him recognition as an OUA West All Star, as the Marauders defended their conference championship, winning a third provincial banner in the past four seasons.

The Canadian roster is comprised of 18 CIS standouts and two National Collegiate Athletic Association all-stars. The team was selected following three open camps held in Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton this past winter. A total of 58 players attended the tryouts.

Three players return from the 2011 squad which finished the 16-team tournament in ninth position in Shenzhen, China. They are Guelph’s Murphy, York goalkeeper Sotiri Varlokostas, and Niagara midfielder Carl Haworth. The ninth place result was the second best in program history behind the fourth position from 2007.

In Russia, Canada will compete in the preliminary round in Pool D against France (July 5), Peru (July 8) and reigning Universiade bronze medallist Brazil (July 10). The gold-medal final of the 16-team competition is scheduled for July 16.

The Canucks finished fourth in their group in China after dropping their first two matches against Great Britain and Japan, the two countries which ended up meeting in the tournament final (Japan 2, Great Britain 0). They rebounded with three wins and a draw in their final four contests to end the tourney with a 3-2-1 overall record.