October 17, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

One of the focal points of Homecoming 2019 will be the football game pitting the Western Mustangs against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. The game will take place on Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m. at Western University’s TD Stadium.

King’s students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to join our friends from Huron University College and Brescia University College at the Mustang Corral, a special tent on site, to cheer on the Mustangs.

The Western Mustangs will bring their 7-0 record into the Homecoming Game, having defeated the University of Waterloo Warriors 45-42 on October 5, thanks in part to a field goal by King’s Marc Liegghio, fourth-year Criminology major. The Mustangs are 13-3 lifetime against the Gee-Gees. They are enjoying an eight-game winning streak against U Ottawa, including their last game, a 33-0 win on October 13, 2018 in Ottawa.

Liegghio says the Mustangs look forward to playing Ottawa because they are a competitive team. The Mustangs prepare by studying film, having team meetings and practices.

“It is even more important to prepare because it is our Homecoming game. Homecoming is a special day as both a student and a football player. Nothing beats the crowd at Homecoming. The larger crowds always add excitement on Game Day. You’re extra pumped to go out and put on a great day for friends and family,” says Liegghio.

The King’s community will have an opportunity to cheer on many of their own at the game. Over 50 King’s student-athletes are part of the Western Mustangs football team, including:

  • Matthew Adams
  • Alex Berwick
  • Derek Best
  • Christopher Bunting
  • Joshua Carter
  • Devin Comber
  • Brett David Ellerman
  • Austin Fordham-Miller
  • Zachary Fry
  • Brian Garrity
  • Dylan Giffen
  • Phillip Grohovac
  • Soren Hallschmid
  • Malcolm Hinds
  • Spencer Hood
  • Trey Humes
  • Daniel Jaffe
  • Kevin John
  • Deionte Knight
  • Marc Liegghio
  • Bruce Maas
  • Savaughn Magnaye-Jones
  • Coles Majoros
  • Myles Manolo
  • Curtis Minifie
  • Nickolas Morello
  • Tommy Ngongo Nawej
  • Spencer Nichols
  • Max Nixon
  • Kojo Odoom
  • Temi Owoaje
  • Thomas Ramsay
  • Antonio Rossi
  • Elijah Sacco
  • Alexander Salytchev
  • Mark Shelley
  • Cooper Skellett
  • Daniel Skutta
  • Daniel Valente, Jr. 
  • Antonio Valvano
  • Ali Yasir
  • Jacob Zynomirski
  • Zachary Zynomirski

“King’s is such a tight community of students, (Homecoming) is a great opportunity to hopefully get the win and make the King’s community proud. Being a student at King’s is unique. The smaller class sizes gives you the opportunity to associate with more students and the ability to approach your professors which makes life as a student-athlete more manageable,” says Liegghio.

Liegghio says he is proud to be a student-athlete at King’s because “Kings really does rally behind its student-athletes. Everyone knows who you are and supports you both in the class and on the field. It’s always nice to see King’s affiliates at the games cheering you on!”

Pre-ordered football tickets and swag bags will be available for pick-up from 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 in the lobby of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre as arranged by Alumni & Foundation. Buses will depart King’s for TD Stadium at Western University at 12:20 p.m.

For more information about Homecoming, please visit https://www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni/events-and-chapters/homecoming/