Volume 96, Issue 19
Tuesday October 1, 2002

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Engineers can't play football
Mustangs get win over Warriors

By Benjamin Mills
Gazette Staff

Sandy Rush/Gazette
TOCK-IN SMACK. Western Mustangs defensive back Brian Tock celebrates after doing what he does best - steal balls.
The University of Waterloo: home to engineers, future Microsoft cronies, and the latest victim of the Mustangs' football team.

Last Friday night, Western rolled over the Waterloo Warriors 24-17 in Waterloo.

In what seems to be a trend for the Mustangs, they came out roaring in the first half, only to sit on their lead in the second and narrowly escape defeat.

"The first half was probably our best half of football this year," said Mustangs head coach Larry Haylor. "We started out well in the second [half], but we weren't as aggressive as we should have been."

Mustangs' running back Drew Soleyn had a solid game – although he fumbled the ball twice – rushing for 81 yards and one touchdown.

"We made mistakes at the wrong times. We were overly anxious," Soleyn said.

Western quarterback Chris Hessel had another strong outing, passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns, keeping the Waterloo defenders on their toes at all times.

"It was hard to contain their speed," said Waterloo head coach Chris Triantafilou. "We had difficulty getting in tune with the guys on the other side of the ball."

Construction on the Waterloo campus limited the practice time and field size for the Warriors during the week leading up to the game and Triantafilou attributed that to his team's inability to keep up with the Mustangs offense.

Credit must be given to Waterloo quarterback Miro Hadjinian, who had some success against the Mustangs' defense, passing for 92 yards and scrambling for another 92 yards rushing.

"[Hadjinian's scrambling] definitely caused problems for us," Haylor said.

Triantafilou, however, was critical of his team's offense.

"All of the dominant teams in Canada have a dominant quarterback – that's how they excel. We need to establish the quarterback spot in order to play at the same level as those teams, because right now, we are not at the same level as those teams," he said.

Haylor said he saw the game as a good learning experience for his team. "We're pretty critical of ourselves," Haylor said. "But we have to have high expectations because we want to win."

Some re-tooling is needed in order to reach the level of play that the Mustangs think they are capable of, but Haylor pointed out some good things from the game.

"We had great consistency, our kicking is getting much better and our special teams are doing very well," Haylor said.

The Mustangs now get set for their next game versus the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in Toronto, on Friday.

The game can be caught live on CHRW 94.7FM. Game time is 7 p.m..

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