Weekend Recap: big wins for men’s, women’s rugby, no luck for soccer

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Men’s Soccer

The Badgers came out of Guelph with a point this weekend, as the now 1-0-2 Badgers ended up tying the Gryphons at one apiece, despite being outshot 11-3. Jared Agyemang extended his goal streak to three games, moving him into a tie for the OUA lead. Goalkeeper Alex May recorded eight saves, giving him a league-leading 18 on the season. For the Gryphons, Alex Zis recorded his league-leading seventh point of the season with his first goal coming at the 90 minute mark. The Gryphons now sit at 2-0-2, and lead the division with eight points (albeit in four games played). Western sits in second with six points and Brock right behind them with five. The Badgers have two big divisional games this weekend against McMaster and York, as both teams sit one point behind Brock in the OUA West.

Women’s Soccer

The Badgers played a tough game against the division leading Guelph Gryphons, as the now 3-0-1 Gryphons handed Brock their second loss of the season by a score of 2-1. The Badgers — who are still looking for their first win of the season — dropped to 0-1-2 and currently sit in fifth place in the division. 2018 All-Star Sam Bayer scored her first of the season, with Erica D’Alesio tacking on the assist. The Badgers were held to just a pair of shots, while the Gryphons put up six shots on Badgers goalie Marilena Spagnolo. Katya Tarasoff and Victoria Hinchcliffe scored their respective first and second goals of the season for the Gryphons, while Jenna Holtz and Laura Marrelli tacked on the assists. The Badgers will aim for their first win of the year on Friday against McMaster, before they look to leapfrog York in the standings on Saturday.

Men’s Rugby

After a brutal 1-7 season in 2018, the Badgers have already matched their win total from a year ago, as they beat the Western Mustangs 34-19 in their season opener. It’s been a tough stretch for the men’s rugby program in recent memory, as the team has had just one winning season in the last four years. After missing most of last season with an injury, junior Steve Commerford matched the Mustangs offence, scoring a pair of tries on route to 19 points to lead the way for Brock. The Badgers will look for their second win of year this weekend in Hamilton, where they’ll face off against the 1-0 McMaster Marauders.

Women’s Rugby

Well that was a fun start to the year. After going undefeated during the 2018 regular season, the Badgers started off 2019 by thumping the Western Mustangs 55-0. Now before you get carried away, the Mustangs already took a 135-0 loss against Queen’s earlier this year, so they’re not exactly top-tier competition (Queen’s just shutout McMaster 100-0 so maybe they’re just really really good). But nevertheless, a win’s a win, and in a season where so much has changed for the Badgers, a 1-0 record looks pretty good so far. The Badgers had six different players record a try, including a pair from Sara Shaw, Holly Murphy and Loramhel Mateo. The Badgers will take on McMaster on Saturday, with their home opener coming on Sep. 21 against the aforementioned Queen’s Golden Gaels.

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