Young upstarts kick around 'Stangs
By Asher Markam
The Western mens soccer team suffered their first loss on home turf in over two years on Sunday.
Sitting at the bottom of the standings, the Guelph Gryphons shocked everyone including themselves by knocking off the division leaders by a score of 2-1.
"We have nine of our 16 players on the team in their first or second years," Gryphon head coach Colin Kelly said. "I think we played quite well today and I don't think Western did, but it was still a tight game which says a lot about their team."
It was a hard pill to swallow for Western, especially because the Mustangs outplayed them for the majority of the game.
Guelph opened up the scoring in the 25th minute with a deflection off a corner kick which just bounced over the head of Western keeper Mike Folino.
Part way through the second half, Western retaliated with a beautiful head ball by Xavier Paturel off of a free kick taken by Alan Hume.
Unfortunately for Western, the home team was unable to hold on for very long, as the Gryphons came right back down the field two minutes later to kick in the winner.
"I believe we deserved to win today's game," Kelly said. "We were very persistent, particularly when they evened the score, but we didn't give in."
"We did seem to control the ball for most of the game," coach Rock Bassaco explained. "We let in two soft goals though and it ended up costing us in the end."
Back-up goalie Kevin Duffy felt the 'Stangs must learn to take everyone seriously.
"It's unfortunate that we lost to a last place team and I think we really played down to their level, but we'll bounce back."
Western did have their chances though. Gavin Maddock shined with three great chances in the second half, but the Gryphon goalie Kevin Krudwig simply stood on his head.
Bassaco thinks the biggest area of concern for his team right now is in the transition game.
"We're still struggling a little bit in terms of switching from offence to defence," he said. "We just need to play a little more consistently."
The Mustangs (4-1-1) now look to take their frustration out on Brock at home on Saturday and McMaster in Hamilton on Sunday.