Volume 95, Issue 34

Thursday, November 1, 2001
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Is the West hiding the NBA's big winner?

Oars of might

Facing the Mac attack

Women go for gold

Women go for gold

How does it feel to be number one in the country?

Direct your questions to the Western women's soccer team because this week they reached the top of the ladder in Canadian Interuniversity Sport rankings.

The Mustangs host a semifinal game on Saturday versus Queens, where a victory will place them in the Ontario University Athletics finals on Sunday with the opportunity of moving on to nationals at Carleton University next week.

Team captain Stacey Judd said the team is heading into this weekend with high hopes, after remaining undefeated during the regular season.

"We are feeling great as a team and are riding on pretty high expectations," the rear-guard said. "The girls are certainly not over-confident at all and are just keeping it simple, taking it one game at a time."

Head coach Mark Eys is pleased with the results of his team thus far, but said they are still striving to improve.

"This team has continually gotten better throughout the season and is still doing so. Every game we look at things that can be worked on and try to keep building as an all-around team," Eys said.

The coaching staff will be making few changes in preparation for Queen's, he added.

"We're very confident in our players and the jobs they do. We have an idea of how the other teams play and won't alter too much at all – just make it clear who we should be looking out for defensively," Eys commented."

JW Little Stadium is the place to be this weekend as the Mustangs play at 12 p.m. on Saturday and if they're victorious, move on to the finals at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Bronze-medal game at 12 p.m.).

–Dave Martin

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