Volume 92, Issue 20

Wednesday, October 7, 1998



Western women fire blanks at Badgers

Tom Baumgartner/Gazette

EVERYONE LOOK – IT'S A MEXICAN PINATA. The Western women's soccer team have taken advantage of some great bounces so far this year, winning seven of their first nine, including a hard-fought tie on Saturday against Brock.

By Jay Huang
Gazette Writer

On Saturday afternoon J.W. Little Stadium wasn't the only place where football was being played. Football, of the European variety, was also played at the Huron Flats, where the Western women fought Brock University to a 00 draw.

This was the second meeting of the year between these two teams and this time it didn't prove to be as fruitful as their previous encounter. Earlier this season Western ravished Brock 40 but on Saturday, Brock proved to be up to the challenge.

Offensively the Mustangs showed signs of why they are one of the best teams in the country by executing passes perfectly in the midfield and in Brock's end. The biggest problem for the Mustangs on this day was the inability of the players to put the ball in the net.

There were several good scoring chances early in the game set up by third-year forwards Melissa Verbeek and Amme Harding but none of these chances were able to find the back of the net.

Head coach Sheri Kitching gave a possible reason why the Mustangs could not score.

"When we can't score early, our girls seem to get nervous or frustrated and feel that they must take it upon themselves to score."

Aggravating the frustrations of the Mustangs offense was the loss of second-year forward Alyssa Walker to a dislocated shoulder. Walker was hurt while accepting a pass into the Brock zone when she collided with an opposing player and fell awkwardly onto her right shoulder. She was able to walk off the field on her own power and was later taken to the hospital for treatment.

Defensively the Mustangs were solid in several one-on-one situations with freshmen defender Stacey Judd showing good tenacity when challenged.

The Mustang defense as a team seemed awkward at times giving up several two or three on one breaks early in the game. These defensive lapses could account for why the Mustang offense was more timid than last time.

"The difference between our last game against Brock and today was that last time we played very hard for 75 minutes," Kitching said. This time around the Mustangs seemed to wait until the last 10 minutes of the game before picking up their intensity.

Brock coach Ron Gourday was happy with the effort his team put in this time. "I am very pleased with today's outcome, I thought our girls played the Mustangs to a standstill this time around except we weren't able to finish when given the chance."

Saturday's draw now leaves the team's record at 511 and first place in Ontario University Athletics. The next game is against the Windsor Lancers tomorrow.

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