Do or die time for 'Stangs

Women in must-win versus Brock

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western women's soccer

Jonas Hrebeniuk

Sade Anderson’s penalty shot in the third minute of the game and Alisya Lagone’s two goals in just 37 minutes of the first half were enough to bury the women’s soccer team on Sunday, as the ’Stangs fell 3-0 against the Laurier Golden Hawks in their final regular season game of the year.

After defeating the Waterloo Warriors by a score of 2-0 on Saturday off goals courtesy striker Sarah Regan and defender Catharine Lott, the ’Stangs hoped to end their regular season on a high note.

Things got off to a rough start for the team, as Western was whistled for a handball within their own 18-yard box three minutes into the match. Laurier’s Anderson placed her side up 1-0 off a penalty kick.

“I think [the penalty shot] caught us off-guard because we’re not used to being down that early in the game,” Regan said.

Seven minutes later, goalkeeper Emily Gillet fanned on her clearing attempt from her own end, allowing Lagone to propel her first of two goals on the afternoon and give the Hawks a swift 2-0 lead.

Gillet was replaced by goalkeeper Marissa Chin soon thereafter.

Laurier took advantage of a strong wind in the first half and dominated possession of the ball, with Western having limited chances in the Hawks’ end of the field.

“The biggest thing for us today was to keep possession of the ball, and we did that for large periods of the game,” Laurier head coach Barry MacLean said.

“Today the wind played a factor as it was a tale of two halves, but we created and finished our chances in the first half and it was a great result for us.”

While the ’Stangs improved in the second half, the team still struggled to create chances and never sustained momentum in the game.

“We really didn’t exploit them [when we had the wind] in the sense we never got any shots off,” Western head coach David Peak said. “If you don’t shoot in this game you’ll never score goals.”

With the loss, the ’Stangs finished the season in fifth place in the Ontario University Athletics West division standings, and will be at Brock University today to take on the Badgers in the OUA quarter-final.

Though they ended the season on a sour note, Regan said the team is capable of playing at a much higher level.

“Today was not a true testament of what our team is capable of. Yesterday was a much better showing for us,” she said.

“The regular season is done and we have to forget about what happened and look forward to Wednesday and play every game like it’s our last, because every game could be our last.”

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