Volume 95, Issue 36

Tuesday, November 6, 2001
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Mustangs rejoice: "We're the best in da league"

Fairy tale end doesn't come true

A bittersweet ending

Volleyball team pounds Laurier

A bittersweet ending

Soccer team settles for third

By Amy Bertoni
Gazette Staff

Beth Kerim/Gazette
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Western Mustang midfielder Eva Havaris dribbles the ball, or in Gazette terms, "shizzles with the nizzle."

Reality may have fallen short of their dreams, but the Western women's soccer team still emerged victorious this weekend.

After falling 1-0 in a semifinal match Saturday with Queen's, Western rebounded Sunday to beat Laurier 3-0 in the Ontario University Athletics bronze medal game.

Western centre mid fielder Alley Cameron said the loss to Queen's forced Western to re-evaluate their goals and motivations. Despite the crushing defeat and the dashing of their national title dreams, Cameron said, the team pulled together in the name of pride.

"We weren't going to let the two hours against Queen's erase everything that we have achieved this season. In the four years that I have played on this team, I couldn't have asked for a better one – we were the dream team," Cameron said. "We went out there today and showed the substance and character that this team is built on. Today's game was personal – we were playing for the honour and spirit of our team."

Western head coach Mark Eys said he was disappointed with the loss Saturday and gave credit to Queen's for their efforts.

"Queen's created lethal opportunities in Saturday's game and secured a strong defensive game plan that gave them the breaks they needed," Eys said.

While they were shut out Saturday, the Mustangs' offence broke through against the Laurier Golden Hawks, scoring three goals in the second half. Cameron notched two goals and Sarah Roberts added a third late in the game.

Cameron said Western felt they had something to prove against Laurier.

"We wanted to prove to everybody but mostly ourselves that we have what it takes to go out there and play like the champions. We've beaten Laurier twice already and we knew we were going to beat them again today," she said.

Forward Leslie Stefanko mirrored these sentiments as she spoke of the tenacity her team showed until the final moments of their last game.

"We played with all of the heart and desire that you need to win at the national level and even though we won't be there, we still proved we have what it takes to be the best," Stefanko said.

Laurier's head coach Barry MacLean said he thought his team was the superior squad in the first half, but could not keep pace for the entire match. "In the first half I thought we were the better team," he said. "Western is far too strong for us to survive with for the whole game."

MacLean said that while he thought the Mustangs were a talented bunch, it was not a complete shock to see them in the bronze medal game.

"I did think Western would be in the final, but I'm not surprised they weren't because of how tough Queen's and Ottawa are," MacLean said.

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