Mustangs on tap

Western busy this weekend

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

It is another action-packed weekend in Ontario University Athletics competition and several Mustangs squads are playing at home. Here are some games to check out in the next few days:

On Saturday, the women’s and men’s soccer teams will both face the Windsor Lancers at the Brescia Flats. The women are 1-2-1 and fifth in the West division of the OUA, after fighting to a 2-2 tie with the McMaster Marauders last weekend. Watch out for rookie sensation Chantal Blais, who scored both of Western’s goals in the game against Mac. Their match is at 1 p.m.

They are followed by the men’s squad at 3:15 p.m. The men’s team will be looking to get back on the right track after dropping their first game of the season 1-0 to the Marauders. Be sure to watch out for standout ’keeper Haider Al-Shaibani, who has only allowed one goal this season and Paul Seymour, a fullback, who is leading the Mustangs in scoring.

The football team will also be looking to rebound from a loss, having dropped their second game of the season 22-15 to the Marauders in Hamilton. This week they are back at home, where they face last year’s Yates Cup winner, the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Despite the loss, Mustangs quarterback Michael Faulds put in a great performance against the Marauders, delivering a 439-yard passing performance with one touchdown to move into second place in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport standings in passing yards. Expect more of the same from him in Saturday’s game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at TD Waterhouse Stadium.

On Sunday afternoon, the women’s rugby squad will have their second home game of the season, facing off against the Laurier Golden Hawks. Look out for Martha Goodrow, a 2006 OUA All-Star and Rookie of the year, who is likely to be a standout again this year. The game is at 1 p.m. at the rugby pitch located near the Arthur and Sonja Labatt Health Sciences Building.

The rowing team will have a busy weekend, as they are hosting The University of Western Ontario Rowing Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Fanshawe. The regatta offers a mass start 4km race and a 400m sprint to determine the overall champion.

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