Volume 93, Issue 26
Wednesday, March 18, 1999
Revenge Mustang style
Gazette file photo
By Graham Faulkner
The Western women's soccer team played as if they had something to prove to the Windsor Lancers when the two teams met Wednesday.
The Mustangs avenged their only loss of the season with a solid 4-2 victory, battling through the wind and rain to maintain their position atop the Ontario University Athletics standings. Western's record now stands at 6-1-2.
Mustang captain and midfielder Carmen Aleshka savoured the sweet revenge. "It was a flat-out better game. Everybody played well and we dominated them," she said.
Western got to work early, when a failed clearance attempt in the first 10 minutes of the game fell nicely for mid-fielder Julie Valvasori, whose bullet blast to the top right corner of the net beat the Windsor goalkeeper.
The Lancers later capitalized on a dubious penalty shot midway through the half, with Western goalkeeper Ana Grgic barely failing to deflect the ball around the post. Windsor then almost went ahead, but rang one off the crossbar, allowing Western to surge ahead with a goal by Aleshka shortly before halftime.
The Mustangs started the second half of the game exactly where they left off the first. Aleshka scored a second time with a left footer curling just inside the post approximately 10 minutes into the half. Minutes later, Windsor responded with a nifty lob from 15 yards out. However, shortly before the end of the game a defensive miscue left the Windsor goalkeeper stranded outside her box and forward Lesley Stefanko slotted the ball into an empty net for the fourth goal.
Despite the worry the soggy conditions might adversely affect Mustang play, the team managed to control the game for most of the 90 minutes. "We beat them to the ball consistently and we came out on top," said Western head coach Peter Russell.
Windsor midfielder Chae-Lynn Marier admitted her defensive corps had to shoulder a good part of the blame for the loss, "We played 85 good minutes and five bad minutes. A lack of concentration cost us two dumb goals," she said.
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