Laurier: 2 WATERLOO: 2
WATERLOO, Ont. (September 10th, 2017) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s soccer team earned their first point on Sunday, equalizing in the 90th minute to tie the Waterloo Warriors at 2-2 on Sunday afternoon at Warrior Field. For the many Laurier fans who made the short trip to Warrior Field to show support for the opening day of the Battle of Waterloo, the team provided ample entertainment; erasing a two goal first half deficit and ultimately roaring back, tying the game and providing lots of drama for the Warrior home fans as well.
The first half saw the Warriors notch two goals, both off set pieces, with the first one coming in the 11th minute while the other was scored just before half. The first goal was a terrific free kick off the foot of Yusuf Khaled (Burlington, Ont.) from a side angle just outside the 18-yard box which curved around the Golden Hawk wall and found the corner. The second goal was a penalty kick coming in the 43rd minute, the result of a Laurier hand ball in the box. Waterloo striker Marcus Digiovanni (Newmarket, Ont.) took full advantage as he stepped up and placed a scorcher down the middle.
The second half was a different story with Laurier having several attempts at breaking past the Waterloo backline with plenty of attempted through balls by the air and on the ground. The first breakthrough finally came in the 74th minute when Gurjinder Garcha
(Burlington, Ont.), off a terrific cross by Nikola Miokovic
(Burlington, Ont.) buried the volley into the bottom corner of the goal. It was in the 90th when midfielder Laith Adi
(Mississauga, Ont.) unleashed an absolute rocket from long range which was too powerful for Warrior goalkeeper Damian Kruschat (Kitchener, Ont.), sending the stadium into a frenzy and providing what would end up being the final goal of the game.
It was another impressive game for Adi who has been a catalyst in the middle of the field for the Hawks this season, continuously springing his Laurier teammates with terrific passes allowing for better chances on goal. On the defensive side, Tahrik Rodriques
(Scarborough, Ont.) effectively protected the fort in a sweeper style role in the centre, while Donte Henry
(Toronto, Ont.) provided some offensive support running up the flank from his right back position.
In stoppage time, there was some tension and several shoving matches ensued amongst some players by the scorer’s table. The rematch scheduled for October 6th at University Stadium will be highly anticipated and could see some of the emotions from this game boil over.
Next up for the Hawks is a date with the Windsor Lancers set for next weekend, Saturday September 16th. Kickoff is 3:15 pm at University Stadium.