Volume 93, Issue 26

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


'Stangs prepped for Bishop's

Singing soccer in the rain

Revenge Mustang style

Kickin' it with Harding

Ruggers get muddy in victory

Mustang rowing rocks the boat

Singing soccer in the rain

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

The water came down in buckets at Wednesday's matchup between the Western men's soccer team and the Windsor Lancers. Despite the thunder and lightning, the Mustangs were the only team singing in the rain with a convincing 4-1 win.

Aside from the non-stop rain and slippery conditions on the field, Western's offence exploded in the first half. Within 10 minutes the Mustangs were ahead 2-0 and they put another one in the net before the half was over.

Western's head coach Rock Basacco said he was happy with his team's performance, especially in the horrible weather conditions which had the potential of severely hampering Western's game. "It affects us a little bit. We're a possession-like team, but they did a good job of keeping the ball," Basacco said, adding the Mustang's are hot right now.

"The team is on fire, we scored those two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game – offensively we're playing really well and creating a lot of chances," he said.

As the game and the rain continued, the soccer field became progressively worse, making play much more difficult. Western captain and defenceman John Hasson pointed out the difficulties his team had to face. "We played fairly well considering the conditions. It was really sloppy, but it was a good win," he said.

After the loss, Windsor's head coach Fabio Marras pointed out some of the problems which hampered his club's chances. "Both teams had problems staying on their feet," he said. "We played in spurts, I didn't think we could beat them, but we had some lapses."

The Mustangs continue forward with their season knowing with every game the pressure to win is building. Ranked number one in the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union since September, there are heavy expectations for the team from both themselves and their fans.

"There's that pressure that if [we] don't come out and win, we'll fall to the other teams – especially going into the play-offs," Hasson said.

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