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Volume 91, Issue 14

Friday, September 19, 1997



Field hockey team is wet and wild

©Nick Burdan/Gazette
GONNA' EATCHA' WHEN I GETCHA'. Western's field hockey team will have to out-chase their opposition to the ball if they are to be a medal contendor.

By Kathy Ens

Gazette Staff

The Western Mustangs field hockey team remained undefeated after scoring a 1-1 tie against the Guelph Gryphons Wednesday evening. The low-scoring affair was a product of the wet conditions, which wreaked havoc on both teams' offensive attacks.

The Mustangs came out of the blocks with a high level of intensity as well as outstanding goaltending, in hopes of adding a third win in as many games, but early in the second half Gryphon Jodi Wallace ended the scoreless tie when she deked-out the Mustang goalie to put her team up 1-0. This lead was short-lived however, when Danielle Clark scored a quick equalizer for the home team. For the remainder of the second half, Guelph applied great pressure but could not capitalize against a quick and skillful Mustang team.

"We played a hard, tough game, however, we missed a lot of opportunities," Mustang coach Leanne Dietrich said. "We knew Guelph pushed up and so we could push behind their defence."

Many players were quite disappointed with coming up short and only picking up the single point. "It was a frustrating game," said Jenn Kicis. "Unfortunately we had some bad luck."

Kicis is the top Mustang goal-scorer, with two goals in three games.

"Jenn is a finesse player on the forward line," said Dietrich, "She plays better on turf than on grass like most field hockey players."

Kicis also sees her role on the team as the set up person.

"I am more of a play maker – I try to get the ball in the circle and help out," said Kicis. "This game has brought our attitude down to a lower level. We have to play to how we know we are capable of playing."

The Guelph coach, Karen Lee, was very unhappy with the play of her team.

"The field conditions contributed to our terrible play," Lee said. "Western played a very aggressive game, compared to our tentative and sluggish play."

The Gryphons are made up of nine rookies who have helped contribute to their 1-1-1 record. "We played well, although it took us awhile to get into the game," said captain Jenny Martin.

The Mustangs are very strong and healthy with six or seven rookies and are looking to be a medal contender this season.

"The Mustangs are a very aggressive team who don't give up," said Guelph co-captain, Helen Parker. "They have a lot of style like us."

Western now looks toward a two-game tournament this Sunday at home. They hope to keep their winning streak alive against two perennial rivals, York and Waterloo.

"We must work on our mental toughness in order to win," said Dietrich.

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