Volume 94, Issue 7
A no-win weekend for Lady Mustangs
JUST TRY AND GET IT PAST ME. Western's defence this weekend helped keep the Mustangs close in both games despite a struggling attack.
By Jessica Leeder
The Western women's soccer team has nowhere to go but up after finishing their first two games of the season with a draw and a loss.
On Saturday, the Mustangs started out looking a little flat, but persevered despite the humid weather, coming out of their first battle with Windsor with a 1-1 tie.
Western assistant coach Sarah Gasparotto said she was pleased with the team's effort. "For a first game I think we did pretty well. The second half was definitely a better half for us, but all in all I think we did well," she said.
The Windsor Lancers were the first to get on the scoreboard early in the first half by outrunning and outworking their opponents.
Meanwhile, Western's new head coach, Mark Eys, was noticeably missing from the sidelines, leaving the Mustangs alone to find their own footing and fight back against the balanced Windsor attack.
The Mustangs' only goal of the game was scored by Sarah Roberts, was the result of a penalty kick midway through the first half. The penalty was doled out because of the Lancers' goalkeeper bulldozed not one, but two Western forwards to the ground.
As the Lancer force continued to get more physical, Western put on a little pressure of their own, yet numerous golden scoring opportunities failed to materialize.
"We're very pleased with a draw," said Lancers' head coach Kevin Mulvey. "We were a little worried coming into today's game because it's going to be such a tight league, but I thought our first half was very strong."
Mulvey said the heat began to affect his team more during the second half of the game and there was no mistaking the increase in Mustang pressure as they fought to hold the tie.
Second year Mustang striker Chrystal Johnston said her team fought hard, despite their relative inexperience. "I thought we played well and we won a lot of fifty-fifty battles in the air. We lost a lot of players last year, so there isn't as much experience on the field. We just have to work that out."
Western rookies Katie Petherick, Leena Hesselmans and Donna Carvalhal helped fill those empty shoes on the field. "We had some rookies that played really well out there," Gasparotto said. "I think the team is shaping up to have a good year."
In a second home match played Sunday against Waterloo, the Mustangs fell victim to the Warriors in a 2-1 loss. Forward Sarah Roberts scored the lone Western goal, her second of the season.
The lady Mustangs are in action next Saturday when they travel to Guelph to take on the Gryphons.
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