Toronto gives Mustangs
By Christopher Clarke
DON’T WORRY, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER
SEASON OF PARADISE HOTEL NEXT YEAR. A Mustang player consoles
a distraught teammate. He may also have been upset about
the Mustangs’ 1-0 loss to Toronto.
On a cool Sunday afternoon the Toronto Varsity Blues men’s
soccer team did what very few teams have been able to do in
the last two years — beat the Mustangs.
Toronto defeated Western by a score of 1-0 Sunday afternoon
at TD Waterhouse Stadium, the first loss of the season for
the Mustangs and the second loss in as many tries to the Varsity
Toronto, ranked second in the nation, was looking to improve
on their perfect 5-0-0 record. Western, ranked fourth in the
nation, was looking to avenge last season’s loss to the
Varsity Blues in the Ontario University Athletics quarter-finals
and add another victory to this season’s 5-0-1 record.
“I was impressed with our ability to handle Western’s
pressure,” said Toronto coach John Vidovich. “The
game could have gone either way.”
And what pressure it was.
Western played strong defensively throughout the first half,
stopping everything Toronto tried to put through the middle
of the field. “All of our defense played well today,” said
Mustangs coach Steve Langley, after the game. The Mustangs
played strong on the ball defense, not allowing the Blues to
keep possession for any length of time.
Offensively, the Mustangs looked to Ciaran McCarthy early,
who got off two excellent shots in the 19th and 20th minutes
of the game. Blues striker Micheal D’Angelo had two point-blank
opportunities of his own in the 35th and 37th minutes, but
failed to elude Mustang keeper Mark Tagliaferri.
The second half looked like it would belong to the Mustangs,
who came out on fire for the first 20 minutes. Their best
scoring opportunity came in the first minute of the half
off a free kick from Mustang striker Jason DeThomasis, who
forced Blues keeper Robert Bucciarelli to make a sprawling
stop to keep the game scoreless.
The fans in attendance were kept on the edge of their seats
as the Mustangs amassed a number of scoring chances but failed
to capitalize on a single one. In the 71st minute, Toronto
forward Tommy Kouzmanis made an excellent individual run
down the end line, beating two Mustang defenders before being
brought down inside Western’s box.
The referee awarded a penalty kick to Toronto. Tagliaferri
made a good effort on Kouzmanis’ penalty shot, even managing
to get a hand on a piece of the ball, which rang off the inside
of the post and into the net putting Toronto up 1-0 with less
than 20 minutes to play. The Mustangs refused to give up, quickly
retrieving the ball from their net and starting anew at centre.
Blues coach Vidovich credits forward Kern Juman for Sundays’ win. “I
took him out early in the game — he’s such a versatile
player that when I got him back in later on, he changed the
game for us.”
The Mustangs will have a good chance to get back in the win
column on Wednesday when they face the last place Windsor
In spite of the loss, coach Langley remains optimistic. “I
thought we played excellent — everyone played well. We’re
looking forward to seeing them again in the playoffs this year.”