Men’s Soccer team captures bronze in Toronto

The Cinderella run by the 2013 Lancers Men’s Soccer team culminated this weekend in a well-deserved Bronze Medal victory over the Carleton Ravens.

Photo by Ali Ibrahim.
Photo by Ali Ibrahim.

Photo by Ali Ibrahim.

Mike Specht

Sports Editor

The Cinderella run by the 2013 Lancers Men’s Soccer team culminated this weekend in a well-deserved Bronze Medal victory over the Carleton Ravens.

Following a tight 1-0 loss to OUA runner-up Ryerson Rams Saturday afternoon, the Lancers rebounded with a 4-1 drubbing of the Ravens, who prior to a string of late September losses were ranked first in the nation.

Shortly after Carleton opened the scoring in the 54th minute, second team All-Canadian Michael Pio knotted the score at one, with a brilliant header off a corner-kick.  In the 73rd minute Niagara Falls native Chris Lanni put the Lancers ahead for good on a 15 yard strike past Ravens keeper Travis Chance.

Sophomore sensation Christian Mayorga iced the game with a pair of goals in the 89th and 90th minutes.  The goals capped off a breakout year for the striker who led the team with 12 tallies.

The win in the final game of the season was the last in a string of upsets executed by the Lancers, which included a semi-final victory over the second place McMaster Marauders.  Last season Carleton reached the OUA final, and entered the Final Four this year one spot ahead of Windsor at No. 9.

“We’ve been confident in our ability to make it this far since the pre-season. It was just a matter of us actually proving it,” said fifth year keeper Dejo Olagbegi.

Looking ahead to next season, the Lancers retain its dynamic duo of Mayorga and Pio; but will lose a significant contributor in the form Olagbegi.  The senior footballer has been a rock for the Lancers all season owning a .900 save percentage, and only allowing three goals in four games on their playoff run.

“Making it this far and achieving the best result in school history in my last year and as co-captain is an accomplishment that I will not soon forget. This team has set the stage for what to expect in the future and I’m just glad to be a part of the soccer program’s rise,” said Olagbegi.

Entering 2014, these Bronze Medalists certainly won`t catch any teams off guard like they did in 2013.  But for a program that has built itself up back up to prominence in recent seasons, this group looks primed to carry the weight of increased expectations.  Look for the Lancers to be a force in the OUA West next season.

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