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Soccer team kicks ass
By Erich Isopp
In what was called an "unnecessarily entertaining" game Sunday afternoon, the Western women's soccer team ended up in a 1-1 draw with their rivals from the University of Waterloo.
With the tie, the women kept their undefeated season intact as they recorded an impressive 4-0 victory Saturday against the Laurier Golden Hawks.
They have definitely turned over a new leaf after last season's poor performance. The Mustangs are now 3-0-1 in regular season play and 7-0-1 overall on the year.
The first half of Sunday's match was marred with a lack of fluidity in both teams' play, as neither squad seemed to want to take control of the game. The only goal in the first half was the result of a mad scramble in front of the Western goal, in which Mustangs goaltender Noelle Carbone had no chance.
Waterloo appeared to take a 2-0 lead a few minutes later, but had the goal called back due to an injured Western player who was in the crease.
Sparked with new-found energy, Western came out flying in the second half, controlling the tempo of the game while keeping the ball in the Waterloo zone for the majority of the half.
"The team as a whole recognized what they had to do in the second half," said Western head coach Mark Eys.
About fifteen minutes in, the tandem of Jessica Van Dyk and Cristina Bonasia hooked up for the Mustangs' only goal of the game, with Van Dyk using a great spin move to bury the ball into the back of the net. This came just minutes after the two almost converted on a goal when Van Dyk rifled a shot off the crossbar.
Van Dyk, who also had two goals in Saturday's game, noted the improvement in the second half.
"We didn't have things going as well as we did yesterday," Van Dyk said. "But we came together really well in the second half."
The team was lifted by some stellar goaltending from keeper Noelle Carbone, highlighted by an incredible diving save on a penalty kick late in the game to keep Waterloo from taking the lead.
"Give Waterloo credit," coach Eys said, "They played well. Luckily our goalie kept us in the game."
This was a sentiment shared by the Waterloo coach Edward Tell.
"Naturally, we wanted that penalty kick, but the keeper made a great save," Tell said.
"We played very well. There were a couple of calls that hurt us, like that goal getting called back, but overall I was quite pleased," Tell said.
The women get set to extend their undefeated season next Saturday at Ryerson.