Volume 95, Issue 32

Tuesday, October 30, 2001
 
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SPORTS

Sweet revenge is best served with a football

Mustangs havin' a ball on the field

'In the Cheap Seats'

Silver and bronze tennis medals

Women's rugby ends with a win

Mustangs havin' a ball on the field

The journey has begun for soccer women


By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

Mike Zogala/Gazette
WOULDN'T YOU LOVE TO KNOW WHO GOT THERE FIRST? Mustang forward Christina Bonasia looks to be the one.


Much like Bachman Turner Overdrive, the fleet feet of the Mustang women's soccer team are takin' care of business.

The Western Mustangs defeated the McMaster Marauders 3-1 in Saturday afternoon's OUA quarter-final match at JW Little Stadium.

The game was delayed one hour because the neutral referees failed to show up at the scheduled time. Eventually, local referees were on the scene. Nonetheless, the mishap just delayed the inevitable.

"The wait didn't affect the team's mindset," said Mustang midfielder Jody Patterson. "We knew what we had to do and the team definitely accomplished that."

The Mustangs came away with the victory, but Mustang head coach Mark Eys still feels the squad can improve. "I was pleased with the performance, but we still have areas to improve on and they will be addressed in practice. The second half was definitely better than the first."

It took a while for the Mustangs to kick it into high gear, but it was only a matter of time before they displayed their dominance. "The first half we played poorly, but we stepped it up in the second half and pulled away," Patterson said.

Forward Cristina Bonasia opened the scoring in the first half, but the Marauders knotted it up going into the intermission.

Once the second half commenced, Mustang midfielder Crystal Johnston, scored two blistering goals and sent the dejected Marauders back to the steel city.

Another notable performance came from a usual suspect – goalie Noelle Carbone. Only allowing four goals all season long, Carbone has been a solid wall in net for every game. Eys treasures his stellar keeper.

"She has been tremendous throughout the year," Eys said. "She is definitely the best goalie in the OUA, if not Canadian Interuniversity Sport."

The Mustangs need just one more win to clinch a berth at the national championships in Ottawa.

The OUA semifinals and final will be played on the Mustangs home turf, which Eys said is a plus. "The girls are comfortable here at Western. They really want to defend their home field."

Obviously, holding the number two ranking in Canada places the Mustangs among the legit contenders for the national crown. But Patterson made it clear the season won't be for naught, even if they fail to bring home the gold.

"Our main objective is to win the national championship and we'll obviously be disappointed if that doesn't happen," Patterson said. "But I can't say the whole season was a failure if we don't win."

With the heartbreaking defeat, the Marauders 5-4-2 season comes to an end. The Gazette was unable to contact the Marauders head coach for comment.


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