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SPORTS

Mustangs blank Warriors 2-0

By James Gibson
Gazette Writer

Katie Millar/Gazette
IT MAY NOT BE THE MOONWALK, BUT IT’S CLOSE. Western rookie phenom Randy McAuley breaks a tackle as he scampers in for a touchdown during Saturday’s game against Windsor. The Mustangs lost 21-18.

On Sunday afternoon, the No. 1 ranked Western woman's soccer team shattered the playoff dreams of the Waterloo Warriors at the Brescia Fields, besting them by a score of 2-0.

Mustangs goaltender Jessy Kapitany tended a scoreless game, making many great saves at key points to record her first shutout of this year's playoffs. The shutout gives Kapitany a total of seven-and-a-half shutouts this year, including the regular season.

The weather on Sunday was less than perfect, but Western persevered to come out on top. "Considering the weather conditions we played very well," said head coach Mike Van Bussel. "We made the most of the opportunities that we got, especially Eva [Havaris]." The Mustangs dominated play from the opening minute through to the dying seconds of the game. Kapitany was one of the biggest influences in the win, though veteran midfielder Eva Havaris had just as much of an impact.

Havaris, a London native in her third and final year with the women's soccer team, netted both goals for the Mustangs. Her first goal was a frozen rope from approxiamately 20 yards out that soared over Warrior goaltender Kish Jayasundara's head in the 18th minute of the first half. The second strike came at the start of the second half on a corner kick which eluded Waterloo's goalkeeper.

Despite scoring both of Western's goals, Havaris remained modest. "We played well, but not to our full potential," she said. "We were relentless and won because of our hard work."

Havaris, who is working toward a masters degree in sports management, is playing in her fifth and final year of eligibility in Ontario University Athletics. Her offensive prowess and leadership skills embody exactly what the women will need to carry them through to the nationals.

The women's soccer squad received a first round bye in the playoffs because of their league best 10-0 record in the regular season. By winning their quarter-final match against the Warriors, they now advance to the semi-finals against an undetermined opponent. Last year, the Mustangs finished third in the country and the team hopes to improve on that performance and win the gold this year.

Waterloo assistant coach Angie Farace (assuming the role of head coach on Sunday) put it best: "Western played well. They always play well," she said. "I wouldn't be surprised if they make it to the nationals and win them.

 

 

 

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