WATERLOO, Ont. (Sunday, September 10, 2017) – The hype was real for the first clash of the 2017 OUA season between the Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team and the Waterloo Warriors Sunday afternoon at Warrior Field, where the teams drew a 1-1 tie in what was the first installement of the Battle of Waterloo.
The match itself did not disappoint, a fast-paced and physical affair that had the crowd on the edge of their seats throughout. Unfortunately for the Hawks it was a case of déjà vu from a year ago, with the Warriors crushing the hearts of the purple and gold with a game-tying goal in the dying seconds to pull the game even to 1-1.
The Hawks (2-1-3) came into Sunday’s match with momentum following back-to-back wins over York and got off to the quick start they were looking for on the road. Gagan Parhar (Surrey, B.C.), the hero from last Sunday’s road win, was again hot off the mark, staking the purple and gold to an early lead with a goal in the 9th minute.
Parhar’s goal was the fastest first goal of the season for the Hawks.
The Warriors (2-0-3), undefeated coming into Sunday, quickly showed that they were not about to roll over on their home turf, especially given the stakes of a Battle of Waterloo.
Playing an aggressive, possession-oriented style, Waterloo was constantly looking to put pressure on the Laurier back-end. The Hawks did a fine job of containing the Warriors to the perimeter and not allowing many close chances. The purple and gold were also able to counter-attack effectively, moving the ball quickly through the midfield. The Hawks had several close misses on fast breaks, catching the Warriors back on their heels.
With the match just mere steps from the finishing line and three points within grasp, the Hawks worst nightmare came to fruition. It was Danielle Erb (Waterdown, Ont.) that played spoiler, converting in stoppage time, duplicating the result from the last time these teams faced at University Stadium in 2016.
The match was much more physical than any match previously this year for the Hawks. Mackenzie D’Andrade (Newmarket, Ont.) and Nicole Lyon (Kitchener, Ont.) both picked up yellow cards. It will be interesting to see if the bad blood carries over the next time these teams square off.
Next up for the Hawks will be a home set next weekend against the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs. Both games kickoff at 1:00 p.m. from University Stadium.