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Purple Pipe: Jessy Kapitany

Matt Prince/Gazette
THE SOCCER BALL’S SIGNIFICANT OTHER. Mustangs’ goalie Jessy Kapitany and soccer balls have a special bond — she is always catching them and holding them oh so tight.

This week's recipient of the Purple Pipe is Jessy Kapitany of Western's dominant women's soccer team.

The team finished off their incredible regular season last weekend with a 5-0 win over Waterloo and a 3-0 win over Laurier. The wins gave the Mustangs an unbeaten regular season record of 10-0.

Even more impressive was the Mustangs point differential. In their 10 games, Western scored 45 goals and allowed just three, two of which were scored in one game.

A huge part of their success this season was the play of their goaltender, Kapitany, who has been more than solid in goal. She recorded the shutout in both games this past weekend, making several key saves early in the games to give her team the momentum and a chance to get on the scoreboard.

The Ottawa native is also a co-captain of the team, which has been ranked No. 1 in Canada for most of the season.

Kapitany finished the regular season on an incredible run. She did not allow a goal against her opponents for over 670 consecutive minutes of league play.

In that same span she recorded seven consecutive shutouts and has a total of eight on the year.

Western had a successful playoff run last year -this year's team will be trying to repeat and improve upon it. The team took home a silver medal from the Ontario championships and placed fourth in Canada last year.

Western has a bye through the first round of the playoffs and will play in an Ontario University Athletics quarter-final game on Sunday at 12 p.m. at the Brescia Fields against the winner of one of the four opening round playoff games.

-Ian Denomme


Jock Talk with Jessy Kapitany

After another successful weekend and an unbeaten regular season, The Gazette had a chance to talk to women's soccer goaltender Jessy Kapitany about goaltending and the team's chances heading into the playoffs this weekend.

What program are you in and why?
I'm in third year kinesiology. I don't know why -I was interested in it coming out of high school. I guess I'm still interested in it. I like the coaching aspect of it.

What do you want to do when you're done your undergrad?
Possibly teacher's college. I don't really know exactly what I want to do.

When did you start playing soccer?
When I was five.

How did you end up as a goalie?
I started playing when I was about 11. I could kick the ball the farthest so my coach stuck me in net. I was good at it, so I stuck with it. I still played out a little bit, then at 13 I started playing net regularly and have always played since.

What's your favourite movie about soccer?
I don't know -there aren't many. I guess it would have to be Ladybugs.

With the playoffs starting this weekend, what does the team have to do to continue its success?
We need to stay focused and keep doing what seems to be working. We can't take anything for granted or look past any teams. The further we go in the playoffs the harder it's going to get. We can't make any mistakes and we need to just play our game. If we can do that we should be successful.

-Ian Denomme




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