Two Mount Royal Cougars men's soccer players have been recognized by the league. Wonderkid Moe El Gandour has been named to the 2018 Canada West All-Rookie team, additionally, he joins teammate Daniel Harrison on the Second Team All-Stars.
VANCOUVER – The quest for the U SPORTS national championship and the Canada West Championship began for the Thunderbirds on a chilly Saturday night with a 3-0 win over the Mount Royal Cougars at Thunderbird Stadium.
CALGARY- An early three-goal offensive onslaught was enough for Mount Royal to pick up three crucial points to keep their playoff dreams alive with a 3-1 win over the MacEwan Griffins Sunday afternoon at SAIT field.
CALGARY- On a miserable snowy and cold Saturday afternoon at the SAIT campus, the visiting conference leader Alberta Golden Bear picked up a 4-0 decision against Mount Royal.
Back-to-back hat-trick performance from Easton Ongaro carried his Golden Bear side to their third consecutive win.
CALGARY – A spirited game two of the weekend Crowchild Classic series between the University of Calgary Dinos and the Mount Royal University Cougars ended in a 0-0 draw on the West Varsity Soccer Pitch Sunday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.