The UOIT Ridgebacks were victorious in the 9th annual Campus Cup with the men’s and women’s teams sweeping the Durham Lords to retain the title.
Celebrations started early in the day with a pep rally building towards the games, held at Vaso’s Field on the first day of school.
The women took to the field first. UOIT showed some early pressure hitting the crossbar twice in the first 15 minutes of the game.
After a thrilling opening, the Ridgebacks took the lead thanks to midfielder Nicole Zajac in the 21st minute to make it 1-0.
Late pressure from the Lords wasn’t enough as the Ridgebacks got a late goal to seal the 2-0 victory courtesy of midfielder Georgia Wilder.
Shortly after, the men’s teams battled it out. It was an even game in the first half between the two rivals with scoring chances few and far between.
Then, in at the 24-minute mark, the Ridgebacks were awarded a penalty which was converted by striker George Meditskos.
UOIT held on for a 1-0 win which saw them sweep this year’s Campus Cup for the second year in a row.
Despite defeat, Durham Lords players were in good spirit after the games.
“Being able to play for this team and represent the college means a lot to me. To see the fans come out and show so much love and support made me feel very proud,” said Durham Lords midfielder Nate Paine after his first involvement in the annual match.
The women’s Ridgebacks have won the last five Campus Cups and go into the season ranked second in Canada. This was only the men’s third win in the nine year history of the cup.
Very good article. Thank you Pierre.