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Guelph hands WSOCC home-opening loss
Laurier: 0 GUELPH: 3

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WATERLOO, Ont. (Saturday, September 2, 2017) – Saturday afternoon marked the Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team’s home-opener at University Stadium in Waterloo. Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan for the Hawks (0-1-2), as they found themselves unable to finish on their opportunities in the attacking end, while the visiting Guelph Gryphons (3-0-1) had no similar issue in taking a 3-0 victory on the road.

With recent playoff history between the two sides, you could feel the tension in the early going as both seemed very determined to get the best of the other.

Following back-and-forth action for the first 20 minutes, Christina Woloszczuk (Toronto, Ont.) potted a rebound off a diving stop from Laurier goalkeeper  Ashley Almeida of Burlington, Ont., to put the visitors ahead.

The goal was set up by the Gryphons fast-paced transition through the middle of the pitch into the attacking end. Guelph’s speed was consisten throughout the game, repeatedly forcing the Hawks defence back on their heels.

The Hawks found their way back down the pitch on their ensuing possession, with a returning Maxine Murchie (Kitchener, Ont.) manufacturing a couple glorious chances, but to no avail.

The Gryphons were in no mood to hang around Saturday. Hayley Howes of Windsor, Ont.,  added a second in the final minutes of the first half for the Gryphons and Venessa Mazur from Mississauga, Ont.,  stretched that Guelph lead to three shortly into the second half.

The purple and gold were not without their equal share of opportunities though. Gagan Parhar (Surrey, BC) rang another one off the top bar for the Hawks in the second half, while Gryphons keeper Libby Brenneman (Baden, Ont.) shut the door on Pauline McCordic’s (North Vancouver, BC) late penalty kick.

The Hawks certainly deserved a better result Saturday, playing relatively even with the OUA West-leading Gryphons. However, soccer can sometimes be a cruel game. 

The Hawks will have a chance to put a frustrating afternoon behind them right away on Sunday as they head out to Toronto to tangle with the York Lions (0-2-1). Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. from York Stadium.

-Written by Mac Turchan
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