Double soccer win gives Marauders playoff bye

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

Two lopsided wins in Sault Ste. Marie clinched the second spot in the West Division standings of Ontario University Athletics, and a first-round playoff bye, for the McMaster Marauders in the men’s soccer season’s final weekend.

McMaster bested the Algoma Thunderbirds, 5-2 and 7-0, on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 18-19) afternoons to finish the 2014 season with an 11-2-3 record and 36 points. They will look on as the conference plays its opening playoff round in midweek, before hosting an OUA quarter-final at Ron Joyce Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Algoma made a game of the teams’ first meeting on Saturday, salvaging a respectable result when Mohammed Aquarni and Solomon Ini-Ubong Eteyen struck for the hosts in the second half. But McMaster, led by a double from striker Chris Luxton, ultimately came away with the 5-2 win.

Play was less competitive a day later, as McMaster ran away with a 7-0 victory on the strength of another two-goal performance from Luxton and a hat trick courtesy of winger Gersi Xhuti. Karl Bicamumpaka and Ross Genovese added goals for the Marauders, and the combination of Kieran Doyle-Davis and Andrew McCulloch posted the clean sheet on four saves.

With a playoff bye to their name, the Marauders will have a full week to watch and train as they await their quarter-final opponent.

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