Laurier: 0 Windsor: 2
WATERLOO, Ont. (September 18, 2016) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s soccer team hosted the Windsor Lancers on Saturday afternoon at University Stadium where they battled through harsh weather conditions only to come out with a 2-0 loss.
Seemingly undisturbed by the consistent rainfall and hail, the Hawks and the Lancers were quick to match each other’s offensive and defensive strategies. From the opening whistle, the two teams appeared evenly matched, with neither team enjoying more possession or crafting many more scoring chances than the other.
The breakthrough came in the middle of the first half. Despite Laurier’s consistent ball possession, they were unable to convert their seven shots of the half into any goals. As Windsor brought the ball back up the field, Lancers striker Iyowuna Jumbo (Toronto) buried the ball past Laurier’s starting goalkeeper Rocco Strazzella
(Woodbridge, Ont.), to give the Lancers a 1-0 lead.
Looking to increase their one goal cushion, Windsor poured on the offensive pressure like the rain poured down on both teams. Minutes later, Jamar Redhead of Thornhill Ont., enabled the Lancers to pick up their second goal of the game to dig Laurier into a two-nill hole; a lead which Windsor maintained through to the end of the first 45.
In an effort to climb their way out of their two-goal deficit, the second half saw Laurier’s head coach MARIO HALAPIR
substitute multiple players in order to offer fresh energy to the field. However, the resulting substitutes didnn't have the desired impact as the Lancers out shot the Hawks 10-5.
Unfortunately, Laurier was unable to capitalize on any offensive momentum and instead, their intensity only translated to aggression as the final 45 saw the Hawks draw two yellow cards.
Unable to conjure any late magic, the Hawks faced a cruel end to an otherwise evenly matched game. The Lancers sustained their first half advantage through to the final whistle and packed their bags with a 2-0 win in their pockets.
With the win, Windsor leapfrogs over Laurier into fourth place in the OUA West division with a 3-2-1 record. The loss drops the Hawks down to fifth as they sit at 3-3-0 on the year.
Laurier will be looking to redeem today’s loss with a win against the Western Mustangs, who they host at University Stadium Sunday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.