Volume 94, Issue 22

Friday, October, 6, 2000


SPORTS

Western looks to right wrongs - Football team needs to rebound from loss

Avalanche rule Western Conference

Athena's steal the show at "The Bank"

Weekend Preview

CIAU Rankings

Athena's steal the show at "The Bank"



By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff



The Waterloo Athenas' field hockey team came a knocking on Wednesday night at TD Waterhouse stadium. When they left they stole "The Bank," as they beat the Western Mustangs 6-0.

The Mustangs, coming off a two week break from game action, showed their rustiness throughout the game; as the Waterloo team spent most of its time in the Mustang end of the field.

By half time the Mustangs were already down 3-0 and the Athenas were not looking back, as they continued their domination throughout the second half.

Waterloo head coach, Sharon Creelman, said she was happy with the result, but thought her team could have played much better than they did.

"We had a good few moments, but there were a lot of things we could do better," Creelman said. "Lots of our attacking stuff needs to be cleaned up. I don't think the score reflects how well Western played."

As the game wore on, the Mustangs play steadily improved, especially the team's passing game.

Western head coach, Keith Concisom, said he was disappointed with his team and pointed to the team's apparent mental lapses as a major reason for the Mustangs loss.

"Uninspiring," Concisom said of his team's play. "Basically, Waterloo capitalized on our mistakes. Looking at the score there were big defensive lapses, we lacked intensity."

Mustangs co-captain and defensive player, Andrea Huckins, agreed with her coach, saying her team's lapses cost them the game. She also said she thought her team never really capitalized on the opportunities that they had.

"It was a frustrating game, whenever we lapsed they capitalized, unfortunately we're making too many mistakes," she said.

Concisom said he was optimistic that despite the loss, his team is getting better. He was also quick to compliment Waterloo's play on the night.

"The passing is coming along, the passing is there, but there a lot of unforced errors, they capitalized each time. [Waterloo] played really well. We need to be more consistent," he said.

With this game behind the team the Mustangs are off to face York University, in Toronto, in hopes of pulling out a victory and securing a place in the upcoming play-offs.

At this point in the season every win for the team is vital and it's something the team will be working toward in the next few weeks.

Jenn Kicis, co-captain and midfielder for the Mustangs said every game is a must-win situation over the next few weeks.

"Sometimes I think we're not playing to our full potential," Kicis said. "We're in a do-or-die situation and we got to do."


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