Volume 92, Issue 26

Wednesday, October, 21 1998

bound and gagged


Western takes revenge on Guelph

Tom Baumgartner/Gazette

I'M THINKING THAT KNEE SOCKS ARE COMING BACK INTO STYLE. The Mustangs took revenge on Guelph for their only defeat on the season in classic Western style, defeating the Gryphons 1-0.

By Asher Markham

Gazette Staff

Earlier this year, the Guelph Gryphons men's soccer team handed the Western Mustangs their first loss on home turf in over two years. That certainly did not sit well with the Mustangs.

So on Sunday, the Western squad looked to avenge that loss with a victory in Guelph – and did just that by marching in and posting a 1-0 victory.

The win brought Western's record to 6-1-3 leaving the team just one point behind first place Laurier, who they will face this Saturday.

Midfielder Tom Elezovic scored the game's only goal in the first half. He rifled the ball from the edge of the penalty area which was tipped in by a Guelph defender, causing the ball to go the opposite direction of the goaltender.

"It was a fluke goal really," said coach Colin Kennedy of the 2-6-2 Gryphons. "The game was fairly even I think. No team dominated for any long period of time and I think we actually outplayed them in the second half with only 10 players."

The reason for the player handicap came when one of the Gryphons was ejected with approximately 30 minutes remaining, which to Kennedy's surprise, seemed to help his team.

From the opposite perspective, Western coach Rock Basacco was also very pleased with his team's performance.

"I thought the team played one of our best first halves," he said. "We finally have a set line-up that we've been going with for the last game or two and I'm quite pleased with the intensity and effort the players are putting out."

Western keeper John Dreliozis recorded the shutout for the Mustangs and has played exceptionally well since John Bendiner went down with an injury in the second game of the season. Now that Bendiner has been cleared to play, Basacco was asked if there will be a goalie controversy.

"John [Dreliozis] finished the season for us last year but John [Bendiner] played well for us in the exhibition season," Basacco said. "We went with Bendiner until he got hurt, but we have done been pretty well playing Dreliozis ever since. He's been playing very well so we'll more than likely be playing him on Saturday."

The phrase "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" seems to be the attitude with the goaltender situation. This attitude is probably appropriate as the Mustangs look to take over first place this Saturday in their biggest game of the year so far.

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