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Volume 91, Issue 28

Friday, October 17, 1997

pigskin pummel


Guelph is latest victim: Men's soccer team kicks to kill

©Geoff Robins/Gazette
LOOKS LIKE ALL THAT KICK THE CAN AT RECESS PAID OFF. Western men's soccer team can wrap up the division this weekend if they put the boot to Windsor and Waterloo.

By Alex Chiang
Gazette Staff

The Western men's soccer team moved one step closer to clinching the Ontario West division after breezing to a 3-0 win over Guelph on Wednesday.

Netminders Vince Alberti and Jonathan Bendiner each played one half of the match for the combined shutout, while strikers Luca Mancuso, Ree San and midfielder Richard Yendell scored for Western.

For Yendell, a rookie member of the Mustang squad, it was his first goal at the varsity level of competition. "It was kind of funny because the way I scored was the same drill we had been practicing the day before," he said. "It's nice to get the first goal out of the way, but it's not like I was really worrying about it."

Meanwhile Mancuso's goal was his 10th of the season and moves the veteran forward into a tie with Mike Cowan of Queen's for the league lead in goals scored.

"I feel if I get a chance, I have to put the ball in the net," Mancuso said. "Sure it would be nice to win the scoring championship because I'm in my fifth year."

The Gryphons have struggled offensively all season, with only four goals in 11 games and coach Colin Kelly admitted his team was clearly out-classed against the fourth-ranked Mustangs.

"Western's a solid team from back to front," he said. "If they have any weaknesses we couldn't find them, but maybe a better team can.

"They have good bench players who will help them go a long way in the playoffs," Kelly said when asked to evaluate Western's chances at a national championship. "I'd say they have as good of a chance as any team to win it all."

The victory allows the Mustangs to maintain their spot atop of the Ontario West division over second-place McMaster and with only two games left on the schedule, all the team needs is a tie in either of the remaining games to clinch the division pennant.

Western will have added incentive to win this Saturday as they cross paths with Windsor for the second time this season. The Lancers are the only team to have beaten the Mustangs this season, so there is more at stake than just clinching the division title.

"We certainly have something to prove," Western head coach Rock Bassacco said. "They have a very strong defence and goalkeeper, so it should be a very good game."

Saturday's game will kick off at 3 p.m. and Sunday's showdown against Waterloo at 1 p.m., both of which will be played at J.W. Little Stadium.

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