The Durham College Lords and UOIT Ridgebacks men’s and women’s soccer teams battled it out on the field at the 7th annual Campus Cup.
The Campus Cup is a tradition during Orientation Week, beginning four years ago for the women and seven years ago for the men. It was created in the spirit of uniting both campuses. It showcases two friendly soccer matches between the campus rivals at Vaso’s Field and for the third year in a row, both the Durham College men’s soccer team and UOIT women’s team emerged victorious.
In Wednesday’s games, the Durham men came away with a 2-0 shutout victory, with Pickering native, Bruce Cullen and Tevin Noel-Peterson scoring the goals and Jonathan Codrington, from Courtice, Ont., earning his first shutout of the season.
Shynice Williams, from Mississauga, Ont., scored two of the four goals in the women’s match that helped the Ridgebacks earn a 5-0 shutout win in the women’s game. Defenseman Sara Voisin, from Waterloo, Ont., and players Tyra Gordon and Cassandra Sribny, both from the Durham region, also added to the scoreboard.
“I think it was a very competitive game but I personally don’t feel our team was on their game,” said Samantha Anderson, defensive player for the Lords.
“We have a lot to improve still, as we are kind of a new team. We did have our positive sides but we still need to work on our passes, getting the ball up the field, and staying strong defensively. Overall, it wasn’t the best game I’ve seen us play but that comes with more practice, right?”
Durham College president Don Lovisa said one of the best parts of the Campus Cup was that each school came away with one win, helping to avoid the creation of hard feelings.
When asked about the rivalry between the Lords and Ridgebacks, Anderson said, “We all come together and yes we are considered one big family, but when it comes down to certain things like this, I know our girls take it seriously. We want to go out there and show who we are and fight for our name.”
The teams competed for the Cup in front of a full sideline, which included multiple bleachers overflowing with students, staff, alumni, faculty members, family and friends who cheered loudly. Some of the loudest cheers came from the Ridgebacks guest team, the Darlington Energy under age nine rep side. The girls entertained with a mini-game at halftime and were in a celebratory mood when the Ridgebacks won, supporting their mentors and influencing the crowd.
This soccer season is shaping up to be exciting for both players and fans.
The Lords men’s team is coming in fresh after winning second place in the east, while the women’s team came together during a pre-season game in the U.S. against the Mercyhurst Lakers. Last year the women had a brand new team, but with 10 returning players and new recruits, the team is showing strength for the upcoming season.
UOIT’s Ridgebacks are hoping to have another great season. Last season, the men’s team had a six-game winning streak and the women’s team, which advanced to the OUA semifinals for the first time in school history last year, has several returning players with hopes of going further this season.