Men's Soccer

  • TRU blanks Mount Royal
    September 22, 2018
    KAMLOOPS, BC:  The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are back into the win column in Canada West men's soccer.
  • Cougars fall to T-Birds
    September 21, 2018
    VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team extended their winning streak to six straight games thanks to a hard fought 1-0 shutout victory against the MT. Royal Cougars at Thunderbird Stadium Friday night.
  • Cougars shutout the Heat
    September 16, 2018
    CALGARY - Following a hard loss the day prior, the Mount Royal Cougars took on The UBC Okanagan Heat on Sunday. The Cougars immediately proved how much they wanted the game with a fiery start, and sealed the game 2-0 in the second half.
  • Cougars left frustrated after third straight loss
    September 15, 2018
    CALGARY - On a chilly Saturday, the Mount Royal Cougars and Fraser Valley Cascades gathered to face off. Trudging through wet grass, the Cascades enjoyed an emphatic 3-0 victory.
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week, Sep. 4-11, 2018
    September 11, 2018
    CALGARY – Two soccer standouts have been chosen as the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of September 4-11, 2018.
  • Golden Bears 3-1 Cougars
    September 10, 2018
    EDMONTON – Sophomore forward Easton Ongaro potted a pair of goals, including his second-straight game-winner, to propel the No.8 University of Alberta Golden Bears to a 3-1 victory over the Mount Royal University Cougars, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field.
  • MRU unlucky in first loss of the season
    September 08, 2018
    EDMONTON – As far as debuts go, things couldn't have gone much better for Kapri (Marcus) Simmons.
  • Mount Royal tops Saskatchewan in 3-2 thriller
    August 26, 2018
    CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars took on the Saskatchewan Huskies at MRU's Stadium Field on Sunday. Both teams came into the match having won their first game of the season, but the Cougars edged out the Huskies 3-2.
  • Cougars shutout Pronghorns in season opener
    August 25, 2018
    CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars men's soccer team kicked off their 2018/19 season against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, at Mount Royal’s Stadium Field. While smoke still hung heavy in the air, the spirit of the game was just brewing in the hearts of these men.
  • Cougars rank 7th in Canada West pre-season poll
    August 20, 2018
    EDMONTON – The Mount Royal Cougars men's soccer team ranked seventh out of the thirteen teams in the conference's annual pre-season coaches poll that was released Monday.
  • 2018/19 Men's Soccer Season Preview
    August 15, 2018
    The 2018-19 season kicks off this Saturday at 1:30 PM MDT for Head Coach Ryan Gyaki and the Mount Royal Cougars men's soccer team. It's a season full of wonder and expectations to be even better after last season's bitter playoff defeat to, eventual Canada West champions, the UBC Thunderbirds.
  • Canada West releases men's and women's soccer schedules
    June 14, 2018
    CALGARY – The Canada West soccer schedules were released on Thursday ahead of the 2018 season. 2018 also marks the 50th consecutive season of men’s university soccer in Western Canada. It will also mark the 47th season of Canada West men’s soccer, which is one of 14 CW sports to be contested annually since the conference formed in the spring of 1972.
  • Donaghy highlights annual Cougar Night
    March 28, 2018
    CALGARY - Another season has come and gone and the Mount Royal Cougars Athletics and Recreation department hosted their annual Cougar Night at the Bella Concert Hall to celebrate the successes of the latest U SPORTS season.
  • Men's Soccer ID Camp
    January 11, 2018
    Register now for the Mount Royal Cougars men's soccer ID Camp!
  • Cougars student-athletes honoured as Academic All-Canadians
    December 05, 2017
    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. 
  • Blake, Munoz earn Canada West honours
    November 01, 2017
    EDMONTON - The Mount Royal Cougars men's soccer team had two standout athletes recognized on Thursday when Canada West announced the 2017 major award winners and conference all-stars.
  • Weekend Recap October 27-28
    October 31, 2017
    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.
  • Thunderbirds get by Cougars in extra time
    October 28, 2017
    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. 24533 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.
  • Cougars finish regular season with 1-1 draw with Alberta
    October 23, 2017
    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. 
  • MEN'S SOCCER PLAYOFF PREVIEW
    October 23, 2017
    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.
  • Cougars and Griffins battle to scoreless draw
    October 21, 2017
    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.
  • MRU Men's Soccer New Recruits
    October 17, 2017
    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!
  • Weekend Recap October 13-15
    October 16, 2017
    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.
  • Cougars draw 1-1 on final home game of the season against Huskies
    October 15, 2017
    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.
  • Cougars score three unanswered in the second half, pick up first home win against Horns’ on Seniors Day.
    October 14, 2017
    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
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: October 2-8, 2017
    October 10, 2017
    CALGARY – Orest Ndabaneze of men's soccer and Zoe De Beauville of women's hockey have been named the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of October 2-8, 2017.
  • Weekend Recap October 6-8
    October 10, 2017
    It was a busy week for Cougar Athletics, a total of 8 games were played this past weekend. Both soccer teams continued to jostle for a playoff spot while the hockey teams kicked off their seasons.
  • Dinos return the favour; win round two of Crowchild Classic 3-0
    October 08, 2017
    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.
  • Ndabaneze's Two Goals Helps Cougars Past Dinos
    October 07, 2017
    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.
  • Muscle Milk Athletes of the Month: September
    October 05, 2017
    CALGARY - Caitlin Heim and Josh Munoz were named the Muscle Milk Athletes of the Month for the month of September. 
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