The York University Lions are a good team, and after their 3-0 victory over the Brock Badgers- they are undefeated in 40 OUA games, all the while planting themselves at the top of the OUA West standings.
The Lions mauled their GTA rivals the Brock Badgers on Sunday night at Almuni Field, as they continued their conference dominance. The last time the Badgers got the better of the Lions was back in 2009 on opening day, York has gotten a result in the 20 games since.
Over the years, York has built a very successful program, as many of the players do not last all four years in the soccer program. The constant success has knitted a quilt of culture over the program, and that culture is one of winning. Although they’re famous offense had not yet come alive before today , they were the only team in the OUA who had yet to concede a goal.
After the game, things had changed- as the Lions offense got a breath of fresh air, meanwhile their stingy defense left with another clean sheet.
On the other side of the field was the Brock Badgers, who have not found as much success this season as york has, but were still undefeated. With two draws and a win coming into the day, the Badgers had confidence, but not enough to find the victory against the Lions.
The game started very quick, with York scoring the first goal in the 15th minute, Merci Yuma barreled the ball into the net following his teammates long shot from the midfield. Few moments later, the Lions found their second of the game as Christian Cavalini cashed in on a turnover and slid the ball past the Brock goalkeeper Sean Darracott.
Within 20 minutes, York were already leading 2-0, setting the stage for their 40th straight result in conference play. Soji Olatoye padded the scoresheet even more for the Lions right before half-time. His goal came as a result of some physical play in the box, as he shrugged off his defender and fired the ball with the laces into the far post
Brock did well while in possession through the opening half, but were unable to do much when it came to going forward. It was the opposite for the Lions who were not on the ball often, but pressed very high when in possession.
There was only a single exciting chance in the second half, York linked together a string of passes resulting in a powerful shot from Yuma, which was strongly parried away from the Brock goalkeeper
An interesting piece about Brock keeper Darracott, is the fact that he is the smallest goalkeeper in the OUA. Despite his size, he has found OUA success with his nimbleness and cat-like reflexes.
Following his teams dominant victory, York Lions head coach Carmine Isacco spoke to 49 and was very complimentary of the Badgers performance.
“They weren’t undefeated coming into this game for no reason- they’re going to do well” before going on to say “They are very strong in net, tonight was their backup who is good and their starter is very good too.”
All in all, Brock is going to be a force to be reckoned with throughout this season according to Isacco.
Now atop the conference standings, the York Lions will be away for the next little while, as they take a roadtrip all around the OUA before returning home on October 6th. The Badgers will also be on the road for the next little while, before they return home on October 5th- where they will once again take on the Lions once again.