Volume 94, Issue 26

Tuesday, October 17, 2000


SPORTS

Golden Gaels pull off a royal upset

Ruggers' playoff hopes quashed

Soccer team hands Ryerson 11th loss

Mustangs split weekend games 2-1

Mustang loss a disgrace

Mustangs split weekend games 2-1

By Ryan Currie
Gazette Writer



Two wins by Western's field hockey squad in this past weekend's trio of games saw the team secure a spot in the Ontario University Athletics-Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union crossover tournament.

Early Saturday morning, sporting brand new plaid skirts, the Mustangs started their weekend of domination by defeating the Guelph Gryphons 2-1 in the Mustangs' first win since Sept. 17.

Mustangs head coach, Keith Concisom, said the win was a good boost for his team. Western forward Tamara Pereira, who brought home the winning goal of the game with less than eight minutes remaining, said she was pleased with her team's play.

"We had great communication. We were really good with passing and setting up short corners."

The morning glimmer of hope was snuffed later that day when Western surrendered a hard-fought match to the Queen's Golden Gaels in a 1-0 loss. The Mustangs did not seem to put it all together against Queen's, as they struggled to get shots on goal, battling constantly for possession of the ball.

"We played hard against the number 10 ranked team in Canada," said Concisom. "We held them to one goal. Queen's is definitely a more aggressive team – it looked more like a football game than a field hockey game."

"Everyone played their hearts out," Pereira said. "But we just weren't connecting."

Golden Gaels head coach Richard Bennett said he was impressed with his own team's commitment and dedication."It's our first win of the weekend – its a good start after a long bus ride."

Despite the Saturday loss, team spirit was rejuvenated going into a rainy Sunday afternoon game against Trent University, where the Mustangs destroyed the visitors 8-0 in their second win of the weekend. Even rain could not extinguish the fire in the Western players, as they stomped all over over their opponents.

Mustangs co-captain Andrea Huckins said Sunday's lopsided win was a gain for the team. "[Sunday's game] was a great improvement from the rest of the season, especially after the hard-fought battle with Queen's. We stayed focused and calm throughout the game."

Sunday's win allows the Mustangs to advance to the OUA-CIAU crossover tournament that has Western sitting in third place to start the meet."We'll be up against Trent and McGill this weekend and our strategy is to win," she said.


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