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Volume 91, Issue 29

Tuesday, October 21, 1997

Something fishy


Women's soccer team too hot to handle

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
THIS IS GOING TO RUIN MY NEW PERM. Mustang Beth Washburn gave up her chance for a Pert Plus commercial this weekend to rally her team into the playoffs with two wins.

By Justin Klein
Gazette Staff

The Western Mustangs women's soccer team completed their season with flawless play against Windsor and Waterloo this weekend, blowing away both opponents to prove why they're the cream of the West division crop.

In the first game on Saturday against Windsor, Western shut out their opponents 5-0 and then went on to win the second game on Sunday in similar convincing fashion scoring 6-1 over the Waterloo Warriors.

Although the Mustangs won the games as a whole unit, one star certainly shined the brightest, that of the league's leading scorer, Sara Nathanson. Nathanson came into the game with 10 goals on the season, tied for the league lead, and decided to use the last two games to secure herself of the scoring title, potting four scores to cap a sensational season.

"Sarah has had an excellent season," head coach Sheri Kitching-Fowler said. "She is an amazing outside shooter and with her excellent vision on the field, there is nothing that can stop her."

Nathanson is not only a sharp shooter, but the team's co-captain, a role she shares with teammate Beth Washburn. Her ability to be a leader on and off the field is greatly appreciated by her teammates as well as her coach.

"Sara gives 110 per cent every time she steps on the field," Kitching-Fowler said. "She is a great leader and keeps the team positive every minute of the game."

When the star was asked of her performance this weekend her modest nature attributed the wins to a solid team performance.

"As a whole, the team seemed to come together," she said. "Everybody seemed to play their roles and it was obvious everything clicked perfectly."

In the game versus Waterloo, the scoring was opened by Nathanson who also scored the second goal of the contest. This lead continued into the second half, when Western added three goals in the first eight minutes. Other goals contributed by the unstoppable Mustangs included singles by Tarah Wilkinson, Beth Washburn, Melissa Verbeek and Julie Valvasori.

Nathanson said this potent scoring attack is a definite boost to team morale showing how deep the team really is.

"There is no pressure on one or two people to perform," Nathanson said. "The range of goal scorers just shows the depth that the team has."

The two weekend victories have no impact on Western's standings since the team had already clinched first place prior to the weekend action. They will play the fourthplace team of their division, either Carleton or the University of Toronto, in the sudden death provincials next week.

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