Volume 96, Issue 11
Tuesday September 17, 2002

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Nipissing Lakers need soccer equivalent of Shaq

By Ryan Hickman
Gazette Staff

Allen Chen/Gazette

WHY CAN'T YOU JUST PISS OFF! Western Mustangs Katie Shaw (21) and Sabine Goldberg were just two of the many team members who had solid weekends on the pitch.

After this weekend, soccer teams from the North probably won't want to come back to London anytime soon.

Nipissing and Laurentian Universities both received a good old-fashioned ass-whooping by the Western Mustangs women's soccer team. Sunday's 5-0 win over the Nipissing Lakers capped a shutout weekend, including a 4-0 blanking of the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday afternoon.

Against Nipissing, the ball was controlled by the Mustangs, who were constantly on the attack in the Lakers' end. Midfielder Chrystal Johnston opened up the scoring in the first half and striker Jessica Van Dyk quickly made it a two-goal lead after a chip shot rolled into the back of the net.

The Mustangs offense was firing on all cylinders this weekend with the attack flanked by play making midfielder Eva Havaris, who stressed her need to influence plays on the scoring end. "I want to become more of an impact offensively, but still keep inside my game of setting plays up," she said

Havaris did exactly what she had planned by pumping in two goals on Saturday against Laurentian and netting another pair of second-half goals versus Nipissing. Havaris also lifted a corner kick perfectly to the streaking Julie Jansen, who popped the ball off her melon for a picturesque third goal against Nipissing.

"Eva has had a strong weekend, scoring two goals in each game and finishing off chances that she had," said Mustangs head coach Mark Eys.

The dominance of the Mustangs came from their total control in the midfield, led by Havaris and veteran Meaghan Doucet, along with youngsters Katie Shaw and Sabine Goldberg, who helped keep the play out of the Mustangs' end and filter the ball up to the strikers.

Havaris alluded to the mix of the younger and older players on the team by stating, "we have a new team with a mix of rookies and veterans who are all focusing on our goal of nationals."

In the second half of the Nipissing game, the Lakers started to press a little bit, pushing the ball against Western on a couple of occasions. Eys said the Mustangs did gear down to a certain extent in the latter stages of the game.

"We started to give the ball up a little bit and had some mental lapses that we are going to have to work on," Eys said.

Nipissing coach Vito Castiglione maintained it was Western's determination and drive which made the difference.

"We have to come out with a purpose like Western, who showed their passion out there by the intensity that they attacked every ball," Castiglione said.

The leisurely wins by the Mustangs allowed for experimentation within the lineup and the chance for some of the younger women to get some playing time.

"Game experience is valuable anytime and you have to learn from it," Eys said. "These substitution patterns may exist against other teams, but we are looking for the right combinations because we know that all the girls on the team can play at this level."

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