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Sports Roundup: Football Gaels fall in Yates Cup; Women’s soccer claim U SPORTS Consolation title

​Queen's student-athletes put in strong performances as they compete in provincial and national competitions over the weekend.

Gaels linebacker Joshua McBain tackles Mustangs wide receiver Savaughn Magnaye-Jones during Saturday's Yates Cup at Richardson Stadium.
Gaels linebacker Joshua McBain tackles Mustangs wide receiver Savaughn Magnaye-Jones during Saturday's Yates Cup at Richardson Stadium. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

FOOTBALL

The Queen’s Gaels football season came to an end Saturday at Richardson Stadium, as they fell to the Western Mustangs 29-0 in the 113th Yates Cup.

The Gaels finished the 2021 regular season at a perfect 6-0 and playoff wins over the Carleton Ravens in the OUA East Semifinal and the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the OUA East Final.

Keon Edwards led the Mustangs with 21 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns while Trey Humes added 17 carries for 76 yards for Western in the win.

Gaels quarterback James Keenan finished 14-for-26 for 111 yards and Rasheed Tucker added 13 carries for 60 yards on the ground.

On defence, Nolan Bedard finished with a game-high nine tackles, while Josh McBain added eight tackles.

Keegan Vanek and Stephane East recorded interceptions for the Gaels.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

The Queen’s Gaels women’s soccer team defeated the Cape Breton Capers 3-0 in the Consolation Final at the U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship in Cape Breton, N.S. on Sunday. With the win, the Gaels finished fifth in the country at the event.

Jenna Matsukubo scored two goals for the Gaels, while Hannah Melchiorre added the third goal. Kristin Tynan finished the game with three saves for the clean sheet.

The Gaels advanced to the Consolation Final after a 1-0 win in penalty kicks over the Acadia Axewomen on Friday. Queen’s opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss to the MacEwan Griffins.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Queen’s Gaels cross-country teams competed in the U SPORTS Cross Country Championship, hosted by Laval University, Saturday in Quebec City. with the men’s team finishing sixth overall and the women’s team finishing 10th overall.

The men’s side finished the event with 196 points. First place went to the Laval Rouge et Or.

Mitchell Kirby was the Gaels’ top finisher, finishing 13th with a final time of 25:08.1 in the 8 km race. Kirby was named a U SPORTS Second Team All-Canadian for his efforts.

The Gaels women’s finished with 289 points. Laval also won the women’s title.

Tori Bouck was the Gaels’ top finisher, placing 38th overall with a time of 30:44.3 in the 8 km race.