Volume 92, Issue 11
Monday, September 22, 1998
Soccer team stays undefeated
By Kathy Ens
The Western Mustang mens soccer team gained four points on their road trip to Wilfred Laurier and Brock on the weekend, despite missing four key players.
Western tied Laurier on Saturday with a 1-1 score and then defeated Brock by a score of 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
"With seven rookies on the field, we played well and came out with a positive result," said Mustang co-captain and sweeper Mike Potts. "There was much more room for improvement."
Rohan Service scored the lone goal for Western in the game against the Laurier Golden Hawks.
Four key Mustang players were missing on the weekend, including keeper Jonathan Bendiner who is out for a couple of weeks nursing an injury. However, John Dreliozis made several spectacular saves to help the team to a successful weekend.
"We were just trying to find the right combination of players," said Mustang coach Rock Basacco.
"We played a tight physical game," said rookie midfielder Damian Grey. "We tried to get back into the game."
On Sunday, Western added their second win of the season by beating Brock 3-2. Grey scored the first goal by curling his shot over the Brock goalie and then catching the back corner of the net at the 37th minute of the game. About eight minutes into the second half, Mustang defender Jamie Senoc added another goal to the score.
"We improved from the game on Saturday," Potts said. "Our first-year players really stepped up and played well."
Brock then retaliated with a goal by striker Steve Sevoir in the 75th minute of play. Minutes later Western added the third goal with the combination of Western's third-year veterans Potts to midfielder Leo Savone to Matt Gallo who one-timed it into the net.
The game did not end there. Rac Hassan of the Brock Badgers finished the game with a penalty shot in injury time for a score of 3-2.
"I was pleased with the performance in the second half. We played the ball well. Our team is looking very strong," Basacco said. "We were finding the right combination of players and were starting players in the proper positions."
"We started off slow and then our offense woke up," Grey said. "We are content with scoring four points on the road."
After this weekend of success the team is ready for a great season.
"We don't expect to do any worse than last season," Potts said. "We plan to continue from last year."
The team now looks forward to a good result on Wednesday at Windsor.
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