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Volume 91, Issue 23

Tuesday, October 7, 1997

frosh and go


Soccer teams kick some ass on the road: both squads go undefeated over the weekend

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
AND THE FIELD GOAL IS GOOD FOR THREE POINTS. The Western women's soccer team practiced their best long-distance kicks over the weekend after hearing Garrick MacBride missed two on Homecoming weekend.

By Mike Sikorski

Gazette Staff

While the rest of Western was partying it up at various Homecoming events on the weekend, the men's and women's soccer teams had their own reasons to celebrate – coming back undefeated from a two-game road trip against Waterloo and McMaster.

Saturday, the men faced the Waterloo Warriors and were able to jump out to a quick start by scoring four goals before the end of the first half.

Mustang co-captain Tom Perks netted two, with Jim Tsaprailis and Ree San chipping in a goal each.

The second half was a different story, as the Warriors battled back kicking three unanswered goals into the Western net.

"During the second half things just fell apart," head coach Rocco Basacco said. "We still managed to get the win and the three points." Basacco added it was uncharacteristic for his team to let such a lead slip away.

Mustang Ben Challis, who helped set up three Western goals, felt the problems they encountered in the second half were the result of his team considering the victory before the game was even over.

"We just came out flat in the second half," he said. "We were looking forward to the game against Mac and not the game at hand."

After squeaking by Waterloo 4-3, the Mustangs had their work cut out for them against a powerful McMaster squad on Sunday.

The team once again found a rhythm early and took the lead with a goal from the foot of Ugo DeCandido.

McMaster answered with two goals from John Stodola and Kevin McIntyre, before Mustang Ree San knocked in a rebound from Luca Mansuco to tie the game which ended 2-2.

"We're content with the tie," Western captain Tom Perks said. "Getting a point against a tough team especially on the road is really not that bad."

Although much has been said of the men's team this season, Western's women's team has managed to out-do their male counterparts by maintaining an undefeated record so far this year.

This weekend the team continued its streak with a 0-0 draw against the Waterloo Athenas and a 4-0 drubbing of McMaster Marauders.

Although there was not too much to say for scoring in the game against Waterloo, both teams had several chances including ringing shots off of the crossbar on both ends of the field.

"There were lots of opportunities," head coach Sheri Kitching-Fowler said. "It was more a game of frustration and the girls were not really satisfied with the scoreboard or the tie."

With fire in their eyes, the team headed east to Hamilton on Sunday to vent some frustration with a powerful offensive punch.

Veteran Sara Nathanson started the scoring late in the first half to get the purple machine going. After that point the game was all Western as they added three more goals by Laura Walker, Carmyn Aleshka and Nathanson again to completely knock the wind out of the Marauders sails.

Although Western was able to capitalize on their chances against Mac, the real story was the goal keeping and defensive play which prevented a single goal all weekend.

Midfielder Sherri Scott felt it was the defence and goal keeping, who failed to give up a single point in either game – the real story of the weekend. "Our defense is so strong that no one is going to score on us," she said.

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