Volume 93, Issue 24

Wednesday, October 13, 1999


Western defeats the Warriors

Mustang hockey checks back in

Midseason sports begin

NHL: In the 1990s it's not the same acronym anymore

Midseason sports begin

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

It's October – the time of turkey, Halloween and midseason reports. For Western sports teams, it's time to assess the season so far and begin preparations for the drive to the playoffs. Here is part one of the Mustangs' midseason report cards.

Soccer (men) – As the national champions, the Ontario University Athletic team of the month for September the number one rank beginning of the school year, the team has had an almost perfect season so far with a 7-0-1 record.

Going into this year there were many questions about the team's offensive capability. However, the Mustangs have proven to be very strong, especially offensively where they have bombarded their competition with 27 goals this season.

With a strong defence allowing only six goals, the team still has the potential of mowing down their competition and retaining their national champion status. Head coach Rock Basacco stressed at this point in the season, his team is honing their skills in preparation for a playoff run.

"We're trying to fine tune the offensive and defensive parts of our game.

Soccer (women) – After a slow start the women's team has been able to put together some strong performances before the final stretch of the season.

The team in many ways is mirroring last year's season. The 1998-99 team managed to reach the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union championships after a particularly slow start.

Western head coach Peter Russell was quick to point out his team has worked hard this year and won't be slowing down as the playoffs draw near. "We're not going to be content with just making the playoffs. We lost three key players to graduation last year and we've had to work hard to find combinations for this year and that combination has been getting stronger."

Field hockey – This team has been strong all season and has been raising many eyebrows across the OUA thus far.

The team's hard work and ability to handle turf surfaces, despite not having turf at Western to practice on, have been major factors in the team's success.

Head coach Keith Concisom said he was happy with his team's performance this year and is looking for even better things down the road. "We've done very well – exceeded a lot of other people's expectations, but not our own. We're getting better with each game, but still we're a little hampered by the turf."

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