Two second-half goals powered the Guelph Gryphons to a 2-0 win over McMaster in Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer action on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Ron Joyce Stadium.
Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics
The Marauders were trying to avenge the only blemish on their OUA record having previously lost to Guelph 2-0 in the second game of the season. Since that point McMaster had gone seven games without a loss and were looking to make some gains in the standings.
The opening stanza Gryphons saw both teams playing a conservative style, waiting for a scoring chance but careful to avoid any mistakes that could lead to a goal. McMaster’s Anne Yeboah showed her speed with some solid runs, but her shots on goal were handled well by the Guelph keeper.
In the second half, McMaster tried to mount early pressure but it was Guelph that broke the tie in the 56th minute. A failed challenge in the Maroon zone left Guelph’s Erica Bain all alone in front of Mac keeper Brittany Duffey and she buried the chance to grab the 1-0 lead.
Just four minutes later, another McMaster giveaway allowed Gryphon Jenny Dunn to drive a shot past the diving Duffey and the Guelph advantage was up to two.
The best chance for McMaster came in the final minute when Stephanie Davis got her head on a corner kick but sent it over the net.
The Marauders are next in action on Saturday, Oct. 5 at York, and are back home the next day to take on UOIT.