The McMaster Marauders soccer teams were in Toronto on Thursday night to face the York Lions.

Both the women’s and men’s teams would suffer a loss, dropping their respective matches by identical 1-0 scores.

The women got a big advantage early on with a pair of red cards given to York players. However, a second half goal by York’s Vanessa Santoriello ended a two-game winning streak by the lady Marauders.

Santoriello’s goal, her second of the season, came after she entered the game in the second half in the 67th minute to help her squad move to 1-1 on the season, while the loss dropped McMaster to 2-1.

The best chance of the match came when Carling Goold took a direct free kick just over the crossbar just prior to halftime.

Even though they had the player advantage for much of the match, the Marauders could not impose their will which allowed the Lions to be dangerous as they countered the McMaster attack.

The Marauders did get multiple chances as the time ticked down, but they could not get that finishing touch to even up the score.

McMaster and York had a scrappy but very uneventful first half, but a second half goal sunk the Marauders.

Dusan Kovacevic had the best chance in the match for the visitors early in the second half. In the 49th minute he rang a shot off the post. Moments later, a hard tackle led to a skirmish which intensified the rivalry and ignited both sides.

Lucas Puntillo got the loan goal of the match in the 65th minute when his shot hit inside of the far post and bounced to the back of the net. Puntillo almost added to the lead in the 83rd minute when he took a nice pass from Agostino Princeipato but Mac’s keeper Tristan Joyce made the save, with just a little bit of help from the post.

With the win, York’s men’s team moved to 1-0-1 on the season while the Marauders moved to .500 with a 1-1-1 record.

McMaster is back in action on home turf Sunday afternoon when they host the Western Mustangs at Ron Joyce Stadium with the women taking the field at 1:00 PM and the men’s game starting about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s match.