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Mustangs weekend roundup

By Ian Denomme
Gazette Staff

Ian Howes/Gazette
IF IT'S NAY SCOTTISH, IT'S CRAP. A Mustang field hockey player poses for last monthÕs edition of the Scottish magazine, Kilt Monthly. The publication is now enjoying record sales.

It was a busy and successful weekend for a number of Western varsity teams. Both men's and women's teams were competing across the province.

The Mustangs football team won in overtime for the second week in a row with a 31-28 victory over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, who were 4-0 and ranked seventh in the country.

The Mustangs started the game slowly, quickly falling behind 21-0. They managed to chip away at the lead and went into the fourth quarter trailing 28-18.

A field goal by Rob Pikula early in the quarter put the Mustangs within seven and with 2:34 to go in the game, quarterback Chris Hessel found tight end Jeff Keeping in the end zone to tie the game.

Pikula converted another field goal attempt in overtime to give Western the lead. Laurier only managed to move the ball to Western's 30 yard line and were forced to attempt a field goal.

A bad snap forced the Laurier holder to attempt a pass, which went incomplete and gave the Mustangs the win and shocked the Homecoming crowd.

Hessel threw two touchdown passes which gives him 41 for his career, surpassing Jamie Bone's Western record of 39.

The number one ranked women's soccer team went undefeated in two weekend games without even giving up a goal. They defeated Nippissing 7-0 on Saturday and Laurentian 4-0 on Sunday.

Eva Havaris and Jessica Van Dyk each scored two goals in the win over Nippissing. Cristina Bonasia, Jenna Byrne and Heather Prange each added singles while Jessy Kapitana recorded the shutout.

Kapitana recorded her third shutout of the season in the win over Laurentian and Byrne added another goal for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs men's soccer team are now the only unbeaten team in Ontario University Athletics West division after sweeping a pair of weekend games.

The Mustangs defeated Nipissing 4-1 on Saturday on goals from Hayden Laird, Wes Vanderlinden, Genti Dervishi and Nathan Ivanovich.

On Sunday, Western edged Laurentian 3-2. Laird scored his fourth goal of the season as the teams were tied at half-time, but the Mustangs were able to pull away in the second half.

The women's field hockey team played three big games against tough opponents and came away with three wins.

The sixth ranked Mustangs defeated the previously unbeaten, third ranked Queen's Golden Gaels 1-0 on Saturday on a goal from Tessa Yung. Lindsay Dold scored four goals in a 6-0 win over Carleton, then on Sunday they blanked Waterloo 2-0.

Laura Gatt recorded the shutout in all three games as the Mustangs took over first place in the OUA.

Seven different players scored tries for the women's rugby team as they defeated Brock 41-7 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

The men's rugby team pounded Toronto 38-0 to improve to 3-0 and remain on top of the OUA standings.

The Western baseball team played four games over the weekend. They sweeped the double-header with York winning 8-1 and 2-1. They then split their games with McMaster winning 3-0 and losing 6-2.



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