By GWYDION MORRIS
Nov. 10, 2014
The York Lions beat the McMaster Marauders 1-0 to win gold on Nov. 9 in the 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s soccer final at UPEI.
McMaster held their own during the game, but a 31st minute goal by York’s Joey Cicchillo sealed their fate.
York proved their defence was their strength as they held off attacks by McMaster all game, earning defender Henry Moody the tournament’s MVP award.
Tensions were high throughout the game as each side’s goalkeeper was injured during scuffles for the ball. Both teams accused the other of targeting their keepers.
York earned its goal in the first half with Cicchillo heading the ball into McMaster’s net.
The second half saw no goals, but a missed penalty by York in the 81st minute had fans on the edge of their seats. McMaster’s Angelo Cavalluzzo was able to save the ball.
York’s coach Carmine Isacco, was in tears as he expressed his relief while his players celebrated with their gold medals after the game.
The players had high expectations as they entered the tournament the top ranked team, and they did what had to be done, Isacco said
“It wasn’t always the prettiest at times.”
The defence held its own in the first half, but had some close calls in the finals minutes, but a national championship win was massive, he said.
“We probably could have scored a couple more if the soccer gods were looking down on us,” Isacco said.
Moody said he’d enjoyed every moment of the tournament, despite the cold during the gold medal game.
“The whole season’s been great from start to finish, really.”
There was nothing bad to be said. His teammates played their hearts out and the gold around their necks was proof of that, Moody said.
“It feels absolutely tremendous.”