· · · · · · · ·
Volume 91, Issue 19
Tuesday, September 30, 1997
Badgers stopped dead in their tracks
LOOK ERNIE, I'M A ROCKET SHIP. Although this Mustang may not be headed on the next mission to Mars, he did help his team jump to the top of the West Division with a 2-0 win over Brock this weekend.
By Justin Klein
The Western men's soccer team improved their record to 5-1 with a 2-0 win over the Brock Badgers at J.W. Stadium on Sunday by flexing some defensive muscles.
For the team, it was the fourth shutout in the last six games, which can be directly attributed to a strong defensive unit. With Ugo DeCandido, Justin Tsev and John Hafson leading an unpenetrable defence, the team has only given up three goals this season.
But with All-Canadian DeCandido sitting out his first game in two years with an injury, sophomore sensation Mike Potts joined the usual performance of Tsev and Hafson which continues to give hope to a championship in the near future.
"The team played well offensively and defensively as the score reflects," captain Tom Perks commented. "Our defense seemed to really keep us in the game by not allowing many shots."
With the starting lineup quickly settling into place, there is no question that Tsev and Hafson will be the two key markers this season. "I am very pleased with their performance," head coach Rock Basacco said. "They put in 100 per cent and I could not ask for anything more."
Tsev has been a major factor in the team's solid defence but his modesty will indicate otherwise.
"Our team as a whole is strong," he said. "We played a tremendous game and it was the total team effort that earned us this victory."
Third-string rookie Mike Folino rotated into the goal keeper position for the game and the shutout, as the 'Stangs overpowered the Badgers on both sides of the field. Coming off of their first loss of the season last week against Windsor, Western managed to come together as a whole. Led by the Purple Blanket Award winner Perks and some swift kicking by Luca Mancuso, the squad helped reconfirm to the league that the they are still the team to beat.
Luca Mancuso extended his goal-scoring streak by overpowering his defender and rocketing his eighth goal of the season past the Brock goaltender, placing Mancuso at the top of the league scoring leaders. Basacco felt that it was Mancuso's determination and competitiveness that assured the team their victory.
"Luca seems to be unstoppable this season," Basacco said. "He seems to know where the ball is going and his overwhelming skills are too much for the defenders to handle."
Mancuso and the defence will have another chance to display their skills as they hit the road to face off against the Waterloo Warriors and McMaster Marauders next weekend.
To Contact The Sports Department: email@example.com
Copyright © The Gazette 1997