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Soccer lads find scoring touch
By Ryan Dixon
The Western's men's soccer team had mixed results on the weekend. They tied Laurier Saturday at one goal apiece, but they rebounded to rock Ryerson 7-1 on Sunday.
The draw with Laurier was the Mustangs fifth 1-1 tie of the season. Western head coach, Rock Basacco, said the game had a familiar theme to it. "The team played really well. We created a lot of chances once again, but it was the same old story, we couldn't finish on them," he said.
Laurier head coach, Barry MacLean, acknowledged his team was outplayed and said he was happy to take a single point home. "We were pleased to get the tie. I felt Western was the better team on the day, but not by a dramatic margin," he said.
The game was not without its share of controversy. The Mustangs held a 1-0 advantage on the strength of mid-fielder Martin Painter's header in the first half. The goal stood up until the referee awarded Laurier a penalty shot late in the game. The Golden Hawks pulled even on the ensuing kick.
Basacco said he felt the Mustangs may have been short changed on the call. "I was a little disappointed with the call. Even the opposing coach said we may have been robbed of two points. We really played well enough to win," he said.
MacLean said he agreed with Basacco. Poor officiating was evident throughout the game, he said, adding both sides fell victim to it.
"I thought the referee was a disaster. Most of the calls in the game went Western's way, but the big one went against them. There is no way it was a penalty," he said.
On Sunday, the Mustangs knew they were facing lighter competition. The team from Ryerson had yet to win this season and the Mustangs were not about to become their first victims.
Striker Glenn Duerr was the big sniper on the day with a three goal performance. Duerr said his scoring outburst was more an indication of the team coming together, rather than any tremendous individual performance.
"Things might finally be clicking on offence. We created a lot of chances today," he said.
Since Western was not facing a top notch club in Ryerson, Basacco said he felt his team still had to put their best foot forward to get the desired result in the match.
"Regardless of the competition you still have to move the ball well. We were able to break their trap and score seven goals and we probably could have had a few more," he said.
With the win and a tie on the weekend, the two time defending national champions need a win next Saturday against Waterloo to secure a play-off berth. Laurier has clinched top spot and Western trails Waterloo by two points.
Duerr said the offensive outpouring provided the team a much needed boost heading into the do-or-die affair.
"It gives us a great amount of confidence. We have all been there before, some of the guys many times," he said.
Basacco said he hopes the Mustangs will flex more offensive muscle and show a killer instinct when they face Waterloo.
"We have been able to get the first goal in most of our games, but it would be really nice to get that second one," he said. "We will have to play well and have patience and composure."