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Niklas Bauer now leads the OUA in goals and points this season following his performance against Waterloo on Wednesday (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
Niklas Bauer now leads the OUA in goals and points this season following his performance against Waterloo on Wednesday (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
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Laurier: 8 Waterloo: 1

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WATERLOO, Ont. (September 28, 2016) - The Wilfrid Laurier University men’s soccer team ran their winning streak to three games at University Stadium on Wednesday night thanks to a big night from Niklas Bauer as they rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Waterloo Warriors. 

The first half saw the Hawks and the Warriors eager for a goal, but it was Laurier who would come out on top. The 25-minute mark saw an unbelievable play by Laurier’s top goal scorer Bauer, a native of Newmarket, Ont., as he bicycle-kicked the ball into the top right corner of the Warriors net to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. 

Minutes later, the Hawks were called on a hand-ball in the box, and Nicholas Karavanas (Markham, Ont.) of Waterloo put the ball past Laurier’s starting goalkeeper Rocco Strazzella (Woodbridge, Ont.), to even out the scoreboard 1-1. 

Both teams picked up their offensive intensity after the Warriors goal as both the Hawks and the Warriors were eager to pull away with an advantage. 

Fueled by the enthusiasm of the home crowd, it was the purple and gold that prevailed. Earning his third goal of the season, midfielder MICHAEL WARDEN (Oakville, Ont.) blasted the ball past the Warriors goalkeeper, Thomas Modjesch (Kitchener, Ont.) and put the Hawks up 2-1. 

And thus began the wave of Laurier’s goal scoring, none of which the Warriors were able to answer. 

Within the last ten minutes of the half, both Donte Henry (Vaughn, Ont.) and Gurjinder Garcha (Burlington, Ont.) scored one goal apiece, to make the score 4-1 for Laurier by the end of the first 45. 

Keen to extend their cushion, the Hawks made sure to keep control of the ball during the ensuing 45 of the contest. As the fruits of their labor, Bauer scored his second goal of the night, just ten minutes into the half to put Laurier up 5-1. 

Adding to his record for the night, Bauer potted his third goal to give the Hawks an impressive 6-1 lead. The goal gave Bauer his second hat-trick in three games and secures him as the league’s sole leader in goals, with a total of nine on the season. He also added two assists to pull away as the league leader in points with 13.

To round out the scoring for the Hawks, Leonardo Leone (Oakville, Ont.) and Aaron Johnston (Thunder Bay, Ont.) both blasted the ball past Waterloo’s backup goalie of the night, Kyle March (Barrie, Ont.), to end the game with an 8-1 triumph in Laurier’s favor. 

The victory is the second time the Hawks have emerged victorious in the Battle of Waterloo this season. Thanks to the three points the Hawks gained tonight, the men bounce to second in the OUA West with 19 points, trailing the division leaders, the York Lions, by only four points. 

The Golden Hawks look to maintain their winning streak when they host the division leaders, the No. 2 York Lions, at University Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3:15 p.m and the game will be available on OUA.TV as well as RadioLaurier.com.
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