CALGARY – At the Academic All-Canadians breakfast on Dec. 5, presented by Enterprise, forty-one of the Mount Royal University Cougars' student-athletes in four faculties have been named U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians for the 2016-17 season.
The 2017/18 U-SPORT basketball season got underway this past weekend. CanadaWest soccer playoffs started up and both our teams fought hard against tough competition. Men's hockey was in Manitoba while the women's team hosted the Bison.
VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds (10-4-1) opened up their playoff run at Thunderbird Stadium Friday night with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars (4-4-6) in extra time. Emotions ran high in the Canada West quarterfinal match-up as the top-seeded Thunderbirds were put to the test against a lively Cougars team looking to secure an upset victory. It took extra time for the Thunderbirds to find the game-winning goal from Kyle Sohi. His stunning 100th-minute chip gave the T-Birds the win and safe passage into the semi-finals.
"We needed to match what they were bringing in the first half and we did that and then some," said UBC head coach Mike Mosher. "Player for player in the first half we weren't good enough. Nobody played really to their potential and in the second half and beyond we saw what our potential is."
Early on in the match the two teams seemingly were attempting to feel each other out. Play continued to be back and forth for the first half an hour.
Mount Royal's Justin Anderson-Louch put the Cougars on top in the 36th when a stray Connor Guiherme pass was intercepted by Branden Canejo. A well-placed pass by Canejo allowed Anderson-Lou to spring through an open gap in the Thunderbirds defence, giving him the chance to slot the ball into the bottom left of the net to make it 1-0 Cougars.
With the season on the line, the Thunderbirds began to pile on the pressure in the second half.
The 58th minute saw the Thunderbirds attacking pressure finally break the Cougars defence. Ryan Arthur held off his defender enabling him to get off a low cross to Mackenzie Cole who fired it into the top left to equalize the game at 1-1.
Zach Verhoven was a menace down the right side. At the 62nd mark the sophomore cut in, then out before getting off a shot that beat Cougars keeper Kyran Valley, but he couldn't beat the crossbar.
Victory Shumbusho suffered a similar fate when he pulled off an incredible spin to get into the box, only to get off a shot that hit the crossbar in the 85th.
Extra time saw UBC finally complete the comeback. Patrick Izett played an over the top through ball to Kyle Sohi and what followed was a worldly chip over Valley, giving the Thunderbirds the go-ahead goal in the 100th minute.
Mount Royal's Jeff Blake had the last threatening chance for the Cougars with a header that Chad Bush safely thwarted.
"Credit to our guys for responding. We made three switches at halftime and we needed and wanted a response and we got it. We're happy to be moving on at this point for sure," Mosher said. "Credit to Mount Royal they came out and gave us a heck of a fight. We'll regroup and we'll start worrying about the next game next week."
The Thunderbirds will continue their quest for a Canada West Championship when they host Thompson Rivers next weekend in the semi-finals.
EDMONTON - Both teams scored from the penalty spot in the second half, as the Alberta Golden Bears and Mount Royal Cougars finished the Canada West conference season with a 1-1 draw, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field.
CALGARY - Ryan Gyaki and his team are statistically considered underdogs in their upcoming playoff series against the UBC Thunderbirds but this doesn't faze them. The Thunderbirds finished with a 10-4-1 record earning them the number one spot in the Pacific; meanwhile Mount Royal finished 4-4-6 which got them the last playoff spot in the Prairie division. It was an up and down regular season for Gyaki's men but that is all in the past and now it's win or go home October 27th for the Cougars.
EDMONTON – MacEwan defender Sheldon Prasad saved one off the line in the first half, a play which ultimately secured a point for the Griffins in a scoreless draw with visiting Mount Royal University in Canada West men’s soccer action on Saturday.
The Cougars are pleased to announce the incorporation of Moe El-Ghandour and Pete O’brien, Mount Royal’s two newest additions for the 18/19 season.
Moe defines himself as an attacking, fast midfielder who floats in the middle of the pitch distributing the ball. A natural born leader, two of his favourite players are Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, whose style he says is what he looks to adopt.
Pete is a solid, strong left-back who also loves to attack, offering a nice alternative as a left-wing. He admires Marcelo and Leighton Baines, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo’s mentality. His influences, however, go far beyond, as –he tells us- he likes to implement the best from a lot of different players.
The boys are aware of the fast-paced, exigent atmosphere that surrounds university-level soccer, and are looking forward to join the Cougars and bring their magic into the pitch.
On behalf of the team and the Cougars Men’s Soccer staff, we’d like to give Moe and Pete a very warm welcome; we can’t wait to see you in action and making memories with us!
It was the last home weekend for soccer and both teams clinched a playoff spot on an emotional seniors celebration night. Meanwhile, the hockey season entered week two. Our women's team struggled in Regina while the men's team played in back to back shootouts.
CALGARY- Second place Saskatchewan travelled to Cougar Stadium Field for a face-off against Mount Royal Sunday afternoon in a 1-1 game. Last time these two saw each other it was the Cougars who pulled away with three points on the road. MRU was placed fourth in the league standings heading into the contest, trying to make up for the points dropped the day prior against Lethbridge.
University of Calgary Dinos did their part and beat the Huskies on Saturday, MRU was looking to close the gap on their cross-town rivals.
The first half saw both teams holding to the ball in an attempt to draw the other out and penetrate using open space. However, neither team found any real chances driving down the middle.
As a result, both teams resorted to driving down the touchline and send in balls to the middle of the box.
Cougar keeper Kyran Valley had the moment of the half, recovering from punching away a cross from his net and parrying the ball volleyed by Huskies’ Aiden Taylor on the one time.
Valley forced himself to spring off the ground and leap up to punch the ball on the second shot on target and tipping the ball over the net.
Both teams took a 0-0 score into the break.
CALGARY- Mount Royal Cougars played hosts to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on the annual Seniors Day held on Oct. 14 at Cougar Stadium Field, getting a 3-1 victory in a remarkable second-half comeback. Coming into the contest, the Cougars had a chance to separate themselves from their bitter rival, the University of Calgary Dinos.
Last weekend both Calgary sides stole points from one another on the road, cancelling any chances of separation.
With both teams having 12 points in the league table, the Dinos were sitting in third-place due to an extra win to their name.
MRU had a favourable matchup against a Lethbridge team that has only picked up one win in eight attempts.
Inside the first half, both teams were testing each other out with the keepers only making the saves they had to.
Horns’ keeper Nolan French had a game-long duel with Cougars forward Jake Vicke
CALGARY-Mount Royal Cougars hosted round two of the Crowchild Classic against bitter rivals University of Calgary Dinos. The visiting Dinos got revenge and picked up a 3-0 victory against the Cougars Sunday afternoon.These two crosstown rivals started the game with immense game speed and intensity, entertaining the capacity crowd at Cougar Stadium Field.
MRU started the game on the front foot, forcing Calgary to play with their backs against the wall during the first half.
CALGARY – In the first of a two-game home-and-home contest, the University of Calgary men's soccer dropped a 2-1 decision to Mount Royal University on Saturday evening at West Varsity Pitch.
Bryce Connors netted the only goal for the University of Calgary (3-6-0) in the 84th minute, while Orest Ndabaneze scored twice for the Mount Royal Cougars (3-3-3).
Locked in a defensive battle all throughout the first half, the Dinos kept pushing forward, creating excellent chances. Early in the 6th minute, Bori Falaye made an impressive attempt on net, managing to out-manoeuvre three Cougars, but was turned aside by goalkeeper Kyran Valley’s outstretched hand. Moments later, Mark Bohdan tried to knock in an advantage, but it was also grabbed by Valley.
Though third-year Bohdan impressed with three shots on goal, his attempts were ultimately denied; rookies Cristiano De Carvalho and Dominik Zuczek were equally dangerous but unable to overpower the rival goalkeeper.
The Cougars grabbed a 2-0 lead right after halftime, putting eight shots on target and creating much work for Dinos goalkeeper, Jake Ruschkowski.
Calgary refused to accept defeat though, and, early in the 84th minute, Connors received a phenomenal ball in from Falaye, and confidently chipped the ball over Valley’s outstretched hand, for his second goal of the season.
Commenting his goal, Bryce modestly remarked, “It’s good to get out there and try to get a goal, try to get the team back together. But we need to get a couple more… We started out quick today, moving the ball around, but then we began collapsing in the middle a bit. This has been taunting us all season and will cost us in the long run, so we have to come together and have a three-point game tomorrow.”
The University of Calgary was outshot 13-11 by the Mount Royal Cougars but held the edge in corner kicks, 3-2. Valley made a total of seven saves for the Cougars, while Ruschkowski defended the Calgary net five times.
Mount Royal University will host the Dinos tomorrow, Sunday, October 8. Game time is set for 1:30 PM MDT.
CALGARY, AB - Mount Royal Cougars squared off against University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on a warm Sunday afternoon, playing to a 0-0 draw.
Mount Royal's Kyran Valley and UBCO's Mitch McCaw both got their third clean sheets on the season thus far.
Cougar fullback Yusuph Kalenga had the first major chance of the game. The Cougars defensive anchor had a hit in the middle of the Heat’s half following a foul call, forcing a parry over the net from Heat fifth-year senior McCaw.
Minutes on, Heat Shaun Pilcher blew a tire just inside his own half allowing for Justin Anderson-Louch to turn on the jets and charge towards the goal with a trailing defensive line on his tail. His run, however, was tracked back by the desperate UBCO defence line that cleared the ball out of danger.
A back and forth affair saw both sides take a 0-0 score into halftime as neither side created any real threats to phase the other.
Cougars started the second period on the front foot, creating a momentum swing that lead to the closest chance of the game. Justin Anderson-Louch found an open Orest Ndabeneze in the middle of the Heat defensive but the low shot was blocked by an attentive McCaw.Moments later Louch created space for himself and pulled a shot just outside of the box and rang the post; that was the best chance for the Cougars all game.
The match’s turning point came later in the second half when the Cougars caught a match-deciding break. Heat defender Aaron Mulama made a run down the Cougar line forcing his way into the box and sliding a pass to Wyatt Gilbert. Leaving nothing but a hopeless gaze from the MRU goalkeeper, Gilbert connected boot-to-ball but hit the wrong side of it and the shot sliced wide of the open net.
Mount Royal's midfielder Jake Vickers took matters into his own hand on the next play. Vickers, who was buzzing around the Heat the defence throughout the game, was running end-to-end after stopping a UBCO attack and challenged McCaw. Ultimately the low shot was stopped by McCaw.
Inside the final ten minutes, Brandon Canejo teed up a shot from the corner of the box but the powerful strike but rose over the crossbar.
In the dying couple of minutes, midfielder Taylor Piche had the Heat’s best chance of the half.
Piche headed the ball of a set piece deep in Cougar territory but the attempt sailed over the net.
The match ended with a score line of 0-0.
Mount Royal has a scheduled home-and-home series against the University of Calgary Dinos for the first set of Crowchild Classic games in the men’s soccer season on October 7th with kickoff ready for 2:15 pm MST.
UBCO travels back home to host Trinity Western on September 30th with kickoff scheduled for 3:00 pm PDT.
CALGARY, AB - The Mount Royal University Cougars played hosts to visiting Thompson Rivers University WolfPack on a chilly Saturday afternoon in Calgary. The dramatic 2-2 affair was full of red cards, hard tackles, and two last minute goals. The game was gritty, with a total of 20 fouls being called against both sides. 15 MRU fouls along with a red card and 5 fouls for TRU with two red cards handed to their side.
Cougars captain Jeff Blake had the first offensive chance in the game. The veteran centre-half played sweeper for a moment, controlling the play just inside the opposing half. Seeing no option available to him, he unloaded a strike from distance. WolfPack keeper Alex Ram could only watch as the ball nicked the top of the crossbar.
TRU Forward Ryan Glanville accumulated his second yellow card within a mere seven minutes to put his side down a man for the duration of the game.
Following the sending off the WolfPack changed their tactics and for the remainder of the half played like they weren't missing their player.
Thompson Rivers found the back of the net in the thirty-fourth minute. A counter-attack lead to French-born Maxime Fieujean smashing the ball over the head of Kyran Valley, rattling the top of the netting.
The score going into halftime would remain at 1-0 TRU.
A Mount Royal tactic change at the half-time helped the Cougars dominate the first twenty minutes of the second half. The mobile Cougar side began causing more trouble for the WolfPack who began drawing more fouls.
Goalscorer Fieujean picked up an automatic red card, pushing down an oncoming MRU player just outside the box in the 52nd minute, setting the stage for Joshua Munoz. Munoz curled the ball into the bottom corner of the far-post past a sprawling keeper to level the game at ones.
Both teams exchanges chances, looking to take the lead. Mount Royal senior striker Ryan Clancy sent in Jake Vickers one-on-one but Vickers tapped the ball inches away from the post. Moments on, he found himself inside the box this time but managed to only sting the palms of Ram, who parried the ball before catching it.
The final quarter of an hour was absolutely breathtaking; it was a rollercoaster of raw emotion as both teams refused to give up.
Orest Ndababenze tapped in a pass from Vickers in the 87th minute to put the home crowd to their feet, roaring in excitement expecting a victory.
However, inside the final ticks of the game, Jan Pirretas shocked and essentially silenced the Cougars hopeful with a stunning goal from the corner of the box.
The back-and-forth affair resulted in a 2-2.
MRU awaits UBCO for their next match Sunday afternoon with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 pm while TRU takes a trip to Husky territory with kickoff in Saskatoon to be at 2:15 pm.
Cougars captain Jeff Blake had the first offensive chance in the game. The veteran centre-half played sweeper for a moment, controlling the play just inside the opposing half. Seeing no option available to him, he unloaded a strike from distance. Wolfpack keeper Alex Ram could only watch as the ball nicked the top of the crossbar.
TRU Forward Ryan Glanville accumulated his second yellow card within a mere seven minutes to put his side down a man for the duration of the game.
Following the sending off the Wolfpack changed their tactics and for the remainder of the half played like they weren't missing their player.
Thompson Rivers found the back of the net in the thirty-fourth minute. A counter-attack lead to French-born Maxime Fieujean smashing the ball over the head of Kyran Valley, rattling the t
VICTORIA – Three second half goals allowed the UVic Vikes men's soccer team to pick up their third straight win of the season in a 4-1 victory over the visiting Mount Royal Cougars inside Centennial Stadium on Sep. 17.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Mount Royal’s Daniel Harrison scored 16 minutes into the Cougars’ match with UNBC, and despite the Timberwolves’ best effort, it held up as the game winner for the next 74 minutes, as MRU goalkeeper Kyran Valley did the rest.
EDMONTON – A trio of outstanding performances by women’s soccer players highlight the Canada West three stars of the week for the period ending Sunday, September 10.
In the first full weekend of Canada West women’s soccer action this season, Saskatchewan’s Megan Ripplinger and MacEwan’s Meagan Lemoine stole the show for their respective teams, posting a pair of five-point weekends. Ripplinger is the first star of the week, as the rookie debuted with a three-goal, two-assist opening weekend, while Lemoine posted two goals and three assists.
Alberta goalkeeper Cassie Bazzarelli is the third star of the week after combining to stop 10 shots over two games, as the third-year earned a pair of shutouts.
On the men’s side, Trinity Western’s Elie Gindo scored the game-winner in the Spartans Saturday evening win over UBCO to claim the first star spot, while Thompson River’s Ryan Glanville (goal and assist), and Mount Royal’s Jake Vickers (goal) round out the star selections.
Both women’s and men’s soccer returns to the pitch this weekend across the conference, with select games streamed on Canada West TV.
Women’s first star – Megan Ripplinger
Saskatchewan Huskies soccer
Arts & Science
Game log: Friday, September 8 – two goals and an assist in 3-2 W @ Winnipeg / Saturday, September 9 – one goal and an assist in 3-2 L @ Manitoba.
University of Saskatchewan rookie midfielder Megan Ripplinger had a Canada West debut to remember for the Huskies.
The Arts & Science student from Regina recorded three goals and two assists in a weekend split on a road trip through Manitoba.
In Friday’s 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Wesmen, Ripplinger scored in the 84th and 85th minutes. She also assisted on the Huskies’ first goal in the 54th minute.
A night later in a 3-2 loss to the Manitoba Bisons, she scored the Huskies’ first goal in the 52nd minute and assisted on the second Huskies goal in the 88th minute.
Ripplinger and the Huskies return home to host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack and UBC Okanagan Heat this weekend.
Men’s first star – Elie Gindo
Trinity Western Spartans soccer
Game log: Friday, September 8 – three shots on goal in 0-0 draw vs. Thompson Rivers / Saturday, September 9 – game-winning goal in 2-1 W vs. UBCO.
Elie Gindo was the leading offensive threat for the Spartans this weekend as Trinity Western earned four home points with a 0-0 tie against Thompson Rivers on Friday night, and a 2-1 victory over UBC Okanagan on Saturday night.
The fifth-year business student from Langley, B.C. had eight shots on the weekend to lead the Spartans. He had four shots in Friday’s tie and another four shots in Saturday’s win. Gindo got on the scoresheet for the first time in the 2017 season with a dramatic game winning goal in the 89th minute of Saturday’s match up with UBC Okanagan. The victory kept the Spartans in a three-way tie for second spot in the Pacific Division of Canada West with a record of 2-1-3
The Spartans will finish their home stand this weekend, when they host the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Friday and the Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday. Both matches will be played at TWU’s Chase Office Field.
Women’s second star – Meagan Lemoine
MacEwan Griffins soccer
Game log: Friday, September 8 – goal and assist in 3-0 W vs. UBCO / Sunday, September 10 – a goal and two assists in 7-2 W vs. Thompson Rivers.
After recording points in four of the Griffins’ five preseason games, Lemoine picked right up where she left off in MacEwan’s home-opening weekend. Against UBC-Okanagan in the season-opener last Friday night, she set up the Griffins’ first goal when she clashed with a defender at the top of the box in the 22nd minute and the ball spun over to Brittany Costa for a perfect strike. In the 59th minute, she gave MacEwan a 2-0 lead when she beat the UBCO keeper to a loose ball and found the twine.
On Sunday against Thompson Rivers, Lemoine was even more dominant, taking seven of MacEwan’s 29 shots in the contest. She scored in the 14th minute when she was sprung by Meghan Oram, waited for the keeper to challenge and chipped it into the low left corner. She also recorded two assists, first setting up Kaylin Hermanutz for the game’s opening goal in the 8th minute. In the 36th minute, she then threw the ball from the sideline 30 yards into the box, where it bounced twice and onto the boot of Raeghan McCarthy, who scored from the far side.
The five-point weekend has Lemoine tied for the Canada West scoring lead.
Lemoine will lead MacEwan (2-0-0) into Friday’s home match against cross-town rival Alberta (1-0-1) in Edmonton where one team’s undefeated mark will fall.
Men’s second star – Ryan Glanville
Thompson Rivers WolfPack soccer
Williams Lake, B.C.
Masters in Business
Game log: Friday, September 8 – two shots on goal in 0-0 draw @ Trinity Western / Saturday, September 9 – goal and assist in 4-2 W @ Fraser Valley.
The two-time Canada West all-star and U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian has been a driving force for the WolfPack program all season. The 33-year-old father of two, who is also holding down a full-time job while he completes his master’s degree, has been shouldering a lot of the attention on offence.
This past weekend, Glanville scored his second of the season and added an assist, as the WolfPack picked up valuable points on the road and now sit in a three-way tie for second in the Canada West Pacific Division.
The WolfPack’s draw with Trinity marked the first time TRU secured points on the road against the Spartans.
This coming week, the WolfPack take to the pitch for just a single game, as the Lethbridge Pronghorns come to town for a Sunday matinee (2 p.m. PDT) at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.
Women’s third star – Cassie Bazzarelli
Alberta Pandas soccer
Physical Education & Recreation
Game log: Saturday, September 9 – four-save shutout in 1-0 W vs. Calgary / Sunday, September 10 – six-save shutout in 0-0 draw vs. Lethbridge.
Third-year University of Alberta Pandas keeper Cassie Bazzarelli is the Canada West women’s third star following back-to-back shutouts this past weekend at Foote Field.
The veteran keeper was tremendous for the Pandas in their opening weekend matches, leading them to four of a possible six points against their provincial rivals.
Alberta’s season-opener was an incredibly challenging one, as they hosted the U SPORTS No. 7 Calgary Dinos. Despite being outplayed for most the game by the favourite Dinos, Bazzarelli kept the Pandas alive with some timely saves, allowing the Pandas to score the game-winner in the 65th minute.
The Edmonton, Alta. native backed up that performance with another strong one on Sunday, shutting out the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns with another six saves, including a pair of highlight-reel stops in the first half.
Bazzarelli and the 1-0-1 Pandas will return to the pitch this weekend, as they visit the undefeated MacEwan Griffins and the UNBC Timberwolves.
Men’s third star – Jake Vickers
Mount Royal Cougars soccer
Game log: Thursday, September 7 – game-winning goal in 1-0 W @ Saskatchewan / Saturday, September 9 – three shots in 1-1 draw @ Lethbridge.
Jake Vickers left it all out on the pitch this past weekend. Arguably one of Mount Royal’s fastest players, Vickers travelled quite some distance in Thursday’s game against the Huskies, and scored a beautiful goal which ended up being the game-winner, giving MRU their first win of the 2017 season.
Saturday, he created multiple scoring opportunities as the Cougars drew the Pronghorns 1-1.
MRU returns to action this Friday at UNBC, before wrapping up the road swing with a Sunday afternoon contest in Victoria.
Lethbridge – With all the scoring happening in the opening half, the Lethbridge Pronghorns and Mount Royal Cougars had to settle for a 1-1 draw on a smokey day in Lethbridge.
Hayes Wittrock scored for the Pronghorns, while Joshua Munoz replied for the Cougars. Both keepers, ‘Horns Nolan French and Cougars Kryan Valley finished the day with four saves apiece.
With the tie, the Pronghorns record moves to 1-3-2 and the Cougars are now 1-2-1.
Early in the opening half, the Cougars put the Pronghorns on their heels and were rewarded with five early corner kicks but the Cougars were unable to capitalize. However, the Pronghorns would not make the same mistake.
On their second corner kick of the match, fourth-year midfielder Stephen Primeau laid in a perfect corner for the second consecutive game and newcomer Hayes Wittrock got his head on it and past Cougar keeper Kyran Valley for his first goal as a Pronghorn.
Before the half was out, the Cougars brought the game back level off a free kick from 30-yards out. ‘Horns keeper was able to get a hand on Joshua Munoz’s blast but not enough to keep it out of the net. It was Munoz’s first goal of the season.
At the half, both teams had seven shot attempts but the Cougars were the more accurate team, forcing French into three saves, while Valley made two for the Cougars.
Early in the second half, the Pronghorns were awarded a penalty kick on a hand ball in the box. Newcomer Ellis Davies stepped up to the spot but Valley picked the right side, diving to his left to make the save.
The Cougars upped the offensive pressure but couldn’t find the back of the net. Richard Nyavor had the best look for the visitors but his attempt rang off the post.
With less than two minutes remaining, Davies had a glorious chance point blank to put the Pronghorns ahead but Valley was in the right spot to make the save.
Next up for the Pronghorns is another road trip, heading west to face the Trinity Western Spartans and Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The Cougars are also on the road to face the UNBC Timberwolves and the Victoria Vikes
SASKATOON – A second half goal was all the Mount Royal University Cougars needed to lift the 1-0 over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for their first win of the 2017 Canada West men's soccer season on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park in Saskatoon on Thursday. Fourth-year Cougar defender Jake Vickers checked into the match in the 61st minute and found his way on the scoresheet just six minutes later. Vickers buried his first of the year after receiving a touch from teammate Yusuph Kalenga just outside of the box in the 67th minute. Vickers' strike got past the sprawling Huskie goalkeeper, Patrick Pranger.
The first half saw the Huskies come close to taking a lead going into halftime. In the 42nd minute, Huskies striker Mohammed Omar split a couple of Cougar defenders before sending a strike just off of the cross bar behind Cougar keeper Kyran Valley. Third-year midfielder Gabriel Buatois took the ensuing Huskies corner kick as the Huskies looked to capitalize on the opportunity before the half was over. However, Valley kept the score sheet clean making a couple of critical stops before the half came to a close.
Mount Royal's best chance of the first 45 minutes was on a rebound off of Pranger's hands after a Cougars' strike. The rebound found its way to Kylan Johnson who found the back of the net but the play was called offside.
Coming out of the half, Mount Royal's collective defensive play made it difficult for the Huskies to generate any quality scoring chances that they previously saw in the first half.
Valley earned the clean sheet for the Cougars, making four saves in the shutout, while Pranger finished the match with three saves.
The Cougars (1-2-0) travel to Lethbridge to take on the Pronghorns on Saturday. While the Huskies (3-2-0) stay at home to play the Calgary Dinos. Match begins on Saturday at 2 p.m. on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park.
CALGARY – Mount Royal Cougars dropped a 2-0 lead against a surging Grant MacEwen Griffins Sunday afternoon who managed to claw back into the game late in the second half, netting three unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes to steal three points from the home side. The Cougars finish off an opening weekend home stand at Cougar Stadium Field with a record of 0-2-0.
CALGARY AB - The Mount Royal Cougars started off their 2017/2018 season with a 1-0 defeat against the defending national champions and Canada West powerhouse, University of Alberta Golden Bears. MRU started the game off strong and with pace in the opening minutes as they kept the play close to the touch line in which the Golden Bears collapsed in the middle, allowing for the Cougars to control play early on in the game. Around the midway point of the first half came the Cougars best chance of the half. First-year forward Kylan Johnson teed up a bicycle-kick of a cross delivered by Yusuph Kalenga that was denied by a strong left palm by fifth-year senior Goalkeeper Connor James. Alberta got on the board first in the 37th minute after a penalty kick awarded when a long ball played from behind half lead to an air duel between Cougar keeper Kyran Valley and Sebastian Crema of the Bears. Ajeej Sarkaria slotted the ball past a diving Valley who guessed the right way but was a fingertip away from a save.
The second half was filled with feisty plays on both ends of the field with yellow cards being sent both ways for a total of six. Cougars pressed in the latter half of the game but the ball just didn't bounce the right way for the home side this afternoon. Justin Anderson-Louch had a hit from distance but the low driven ball forced James to dive wide and catch the ball. A last ditch effort by Richard Nyavor was tipped over the cross bar by the Golden Bear netminder as he was tested all game and saved his best efforts for last. Nyavor charged up field with the ball, dribbling past the Alberta defence until being stopped in the one-on-one battle
Tomorrow Mount Royal will play at 1:30 PM against MacEwen at Cougar Stadium Field.
Calgary, AB - Only one week remains until the 2017/18 men's soccer season kicks off Mount Royal. August 26, 2017, the Cougars will be hosting the Alberta Golden Bears. Last season the Cougars went 0-2-0 against the defending champions, but this season is a fresh start and Ryan Gyaki and co are optimistic ahead of the new season.