Volume 93, Issue 30

Friday, October 22, 1999


The hunt for a perfect record

Field hockey team loses 3-0 to Waterloo Athenas

Golfers finish season off the green

Women's soccer team keeps Mac in dark

Waterpolo rematch drowns home team

Mustang swimmers ready to get their gills

Lack of Rayne allows the Mustangs to air out

Women's soccer team keeps Mac in dark

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

On the brightest day or the darkest night, the Western women's soccer team have proved they don't need a stadium or natural light to win.

The Mustangs triumphed 2-1 against the McMaster Marauders Wednesday, fighting the falling darkness of late evening, in a battle for first place in the Ontario University Athletic's west division.

Although McMaster controlled the first 20 minutes of play, Western managed to hold on thanks to the strong goalkeeping of Ana Grgic. With the sun ducking below the horizon, the first half ended in a 1-1 tie.

The second half saw the Mustangs come out strong and late in the game, Western midfielder Sarah DeSalaiz booted the ball past a rushing McMaster goaltender to give Western the lead and eventual victory.

"We started out slow, picked up the momentum and finished hard," said Western head coach Sheri Kitching. "The first 25 minutes the goalie kept us in the game."

Western captain and midfielder Paula Shurge also pointed to the second half as the turning point of the game. "We had an excellent second half, we didn't play as composed as we should have, but we played with heart."

Despite the problems the team encountered during the game, Shurge said she thought they played well when it counted. "We capitalized on our chances and put it in the net when it mattered."

McMaster head coach Frank Donlavey was happy with how his team played, despite the score. "We did well," he said. "We panicked a couple of times and just couldn't put the ball in the net."

By the final moments of the game, the lack of light became a factor in the play on the field. Donlavey said he was not impressed with the fact the game was scheduled so late in the day. "Does Western think they own the league, scheduling a game at five o'clock?," Donalavey asked. "The lighting is terrible here, we have to play in the dark."

Kitching said overall, she was happy with her team's offensive performance in the latter part of the second half and used the game as a stepping stone for the upcoming playoffs. "The last 20 minutes was much more solid, we played the ball wide and as a result we scored," she said. "We used this game to prepare for the championships."

Kitching noted the team still has aspects of their defence to work on before they begin their quest to repeat as OUA champions. "We did well at supporting each other, but defensive clearance was wide and should be straight down the middle," she said.

The Mustangs now move on to play Wilfrid Laurier University in their last game of their season.

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