Volume 93, Issue 17
Tuesday, September 28, 1999
National champs beat Badgers
A-HEAD OF THE COMPETITION. The men's soccer team continued their winning ways, trouncing all over the Brock Badgers 3-0.
By Mary Velpel
Living up to a reputation can be difficult, but the Mustang men's soccer team didn't seem to have a problem acting like national champs on Saturday.
The team took advantage of a gorgeous day at J.W. Little Memorial Stadium, defeating the visiting Brock Badgers 3-0.
The game started off well for the Mustangs with forward Leo Savone scoring midway through the first half. The team cemented their lead with another goal scored by forward Dusko Cvetkovic, off a rebound by midfielder Xavier Paturel at the very end of the first half. An insurance goal was added by forward Kevin Cokko in the closing minutes of the game.
Western's offence had a strong day, matching another excellent performance by their defence. Throughout the game, Brock was unable to penetrate the defence with any effectiveness and they offered minimal challenges to goalie Rob Lave.
Western head coach Rock Basacco lauded the improved performance of the offence compared to previous games. After four matches, Basacco noted it is still early in the season and the team will continue to improve over the next few outings.
"Our attacking play really picked up today. Game by game we get stronger. It was nice to have three unanswered goals," he said.
Veteran forward Ree Sann said he too was happy with the way the offence played. However, he was aware they still have issues to work on for upcoming games. "We are still not finishing on all our chances," he said, and pointed out one of Western's biggest problems so far this season.
Sann added he was enthusiastic about his teammates' performance in stopping Brock's offence. "The defence is looking really solid," he said.
Brock's head coach Bill Miller said he was disappointed by his team's play, although he was encouraged by their spells of good discipline.
Miller added Cvetkovic's goal was the turning point for his team. "It is difficult to end a half by giving up a goal. It makes it that much harder to come back into the second half with intensity."
But Miller said he still hopes to steal a few points from Western when the Mustangs head back to Brock next week. This, however, may be difficult for the Badgers if the Mustangs continue their dominance.
They are undefeated and currently ranked number one in the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union standings with a record of 4-0. There are no other Ontario University Athletics West teams ranked in the top 10 in Canada to rival Western in its division.
The Mustangs continued their dominance of the OUA west division beating the McMaster Marauders 2-0 on Sunday, keeping the team both undefeated and on top of the CIAU ranking.
Next week for Homecoming weekend, the Mustangs will take a break and look forward to a reunion with former players in an alumni game.
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