Gaels soccer teams face challenge at home against Trent

Gaels soccer teams face challenge at home against Trent

September 26, 2014


Gaels Women's Soccer
The Queen's Gaels women's and men's soccer teams host their counterparts from Trent on Sunday. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

The Queen's Gaels are in action on numerous fronts this weekend. Here's a rundown of when and where to catch your Gaels in action at home, or how to follow them on the road.

Game of the Week

Men's and Women's Soccer: Women's and men's soccer host Trent this Sunday on Miklas-McCarney Field at 1 pm and 3:15 pm in the game of the week. When the Gaels faced Trent on the road two weeks ago, the men's team won 1-0 with a rocket of a free-kick from captain Chris Michael, and the women played to a nail-biting 0-0 draw. Saturday, the Gaels will be on the road to Oshawa to take on UOIT. The Gaels hosted UOIT two weeks ago, with the men's team collecting a 1-0 win, while the women fell 1-0 in their first loss of the season to the No.5 Ridgebacks.

Football: The Gaels travel to Hamilton to take on the No.4 Marauders at 1 pm on Saturday at McMaster's homecoming. Last weekend, the Gaels faced a tough loss against No.6 Guelph, falling 66-0. The Gryphons scored early and were able to hold the Gaels offence off the board. Highlighting Queen's defensive efforts was defensive lineman Derek Wiggan, who finished with five solo tackles, all coming for losses, two sacks, and a fumble recovery. Wiggan is now the Gaels all-time leader in tackles for losses, with 36 in his career, and moves into third place for most QB sacks in a career at Queen's. Last season, Queen's defensive back Yann Dika-Balotoken stole the show, as the Gaels beat the Marauders 31-24. Dika-Balotoken returned two second half interceptions for touchdowns, the first of which was 99 yards, and the second was 70 yards.

Women's Rugby: The Gaels host Trent on Nixon Field Saturday at 1 pm. Last week the Gaels traveled to Toronto, shutting out the Varsity Blues in an 81-0 victory. With a quick start the game,Lauren McEwen put the first try and conversion on the board in the fifth minute. McEwen continued to lead the Gaels, finishing with a total of three tries and seven conversions. Queen's showcased their depth in the dominant win, with nine different players getting on the scoresheet. A strong Trent team will give the Gaels a challenge this weekend at home.

Men's Rugby: The Gaels head to Hamilton to play the McMaster Marauders on Sunday at 2 pm. Queen's is undefeated in their first three games of the season, while McMaster is has won all four of their games this year. Last weekend, the Gaels played at Brock's homecoming, winning a tight match 24-17. The Gaels broke through Brock defense with point scorers Kainoa Lloyd, Brendan Sloan and David Worsley. The Badgers fought back, scoring two tries and a conversion, but could not catch the Gaels. Queen's will play another tough opponent this weekend in Hamilton.

Rowing: The Gaels are in Ottawa this Sunday for the Head of the Rideau Regatta, with their first race of the season starting at 9 am. Last year the women claimed silver overall and the men rowed to a bronze overall at the OUA Championship, so Queen's will be in the medal hunt this weekend.

Women's Hockey: The Gaels hit the road, heading to Boston to play exhibition games against Boston College on Friday at 7 pm and Boston University on Saturday at 3 pm. With the start of the season just two weeks away, the Gaels are getting a few more games in before the puck drops in the OUA.

Men's Hockey: In preparation for the upcoming season, the Gaels will travel to London to participate in the Western Invitational. The team lost Thursday’s opener 5-1 against the hosts but will look to bounce back against Waterloo at 4 pm on Friday.

Men's Volleyball: The Gaels head to Waterloo to play two back-to-back exhibition games against the Waterloo Warriors. Queen's plays Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm.

Women's Volleyball: The Gaels head west to play at the Regina Invitational Tournament. The tournament runs from Thursday until Sunday and the Gaels will go up against the University of Regina, University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan, Winnipeg and the University of Calgary.

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 – Queen's Athletics & Recreation