Cougars roundup: MRU comes home with Canada West soccer bronze

Mount Royal Cougars men's soccer team. Courtesy Daniel Khavkin

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The boys in blue representing MRU bring home a first-ever Canada West medal after winning the bronze-medal game against the Saskatchewan Huskies 3-1 on Saturday night.

Mount Royal Cougars goals came from centre-half Daniel Harrison’s, Moe El Gandour and Dawid Dudek.

Three unanswered goals from Mount Royal capped off the greatest season in program history.

The 2019 season saw the Cougars finish with a program-best 9-4-1 record that came with a first Prairie Division title as well as a first-ever home playoff victory.


The Cougars are still perfect after sweeping the defending national champion UBC Thunderbirds away from home.

Both wins came from straight set victories. In the sweep Friday night, MRU (6-0) took care of business during the first 3-0 win (20-25, 23-25, 15-25).

MRU and UBC were neck-and-neck in most stats, but the Cougars dominated the defensive size of the net with 13-3 blocks.

Mount Royal completed the sweep 3-0 (16-25, 17-25, 15-25) in the same dominant fashion, owning most of the momentum.

The Cougars host the UBCO Heat Friday and Saturday nights at Kenyon Court.


The men fall to 2-4 on the season after getting swept by powerhouse UBC.

Both losses came with 3-1 scoreline.

MRU host the UBCO Heat next weekend.


Roundball season started on a perfect note for the Cougars basketball squad, which opened its 2019-20 Canada West campaign with a sweep over the MacEwan Griffins on the road.

Mount Royal earned a 96-80 victory over the Griffins led by Lincoln Anderson, who enjoyed a team-high 25-point game.

The Cougars found themselves down 45-41 in a closely contested contest at recess, but a strong second half sealed the deal, with MRU out-scoring MacEwan 33-24 in the third before doubling up the hosts 22-11 in the final quarter.

Mount Royal managed to stay in the contest despite being out-scored by the Griffins bench 43-17.

MRU owned the paint, getting the better of the home team 28-14 while also capitalizing on more second-chance points by a 12-3 margin. The Cougars also outplayed MacEwan in the fast-break game 16-6 during the win.

The Cougars carried the momentum into Game 2 with a 102-87 win to complete the sweep.

Matthew Guinto carried the load on offence with a 21-point game.

In that game, the Mount Royal bench, combined with taking advantage of MacEwan mistakes, propelled them to the win.

MRU won the bench scoring contest at 42-23 while also scoring 16-6 off turnovers.

The Cougars host Regina in an all-Cougars matchup at 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Kenyon Court.


A fresh 2019-20 Mount Royal women’s basketball season is under the guidance of newly appointed head coach Robyn Fleckenstein, who saw her charges get a weekend split in her debut.

MRU fell in a close 65-53 contest to open the season.

Despite leading 34-31 at halftime, a lack of offence in the second half was the cause for the loss as the Cougars mustered a mere 19 points.

Australian talent Maddison Hooper had a team-high 17 points during the losing effort.

Mount Royal won the battle of the benches with a 31-9 effort but got dusted 21-8 in the turnover game.

The Cougars bounced back with a 62-58 win Sunday afternoon.

Hooper once again carried the offence with 18 points.

MRU made up for getting outscored in the paint 36-14 by capitalizing on second-chance points 17-5 and also dominating off the bench, out-scoring it hosts 21-6.

An all-Cougars battle will take place on Thursday at 11 a.m. on Kenyon Court.