Waterloo, Ont. (Friday, September 29th) - On a windy afternoon in front of passionate fans at University Stadium, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks and the McMaster Marauders men’s soccer teams played to an exciting 2-2 draw. The game was filled with drama, a result of penalty-kicks, aggressive tackles, and exceptional play. Ultimately, the result was fitting as both teams deserved to come out with a point.
McMaster opened the scoring in the 12th minute when winger Anand Sergeant (Lyndon, Ont.) made a terrific run down the right wing before crossing it into striker Yunus Mollayev (Toronto, Ont.). Mollayev controlled the ball and calmly finessed it into the Laurier goal.
In the 38th minute, the Hawks were awarded a golden opportunity due to a Marauder hand-ball inside the box. Laurier defender Tahrik Rodriques (Scarborough, Ont.) seized the chance, blasting the penalty-kick into the bottom left corner past the outstretched arm of McMaster goalie Jesse DiDomenico (Hamilton, Ont.).
The teams would enter the half-time period in a 1-1 draw.
It was the Hawks who got on the board first in the second-half. First-year striker Malik Bromfield (Toronto, Ont.) scored his first goal as a Golden Hawk, placing a beautiful chip over DiDomenico’s head in the 56th minute.
Unfortunately for Laurier, the lead would only last for 15 minutes. In the 71st, newly-substituted Laurier goalkeeper Ryan Mandryk (Ancaster, Ont.) clipped a McMaster forward inside the box, resulting in a penalty-shot for the Marauders. Yordan Stoyanov (Toronto, Ont.) made no mistake on the penalty, scoring the game-tying goal.
It was an inspiring performance by the Hawks against a top-level opponent in the Marauders, who, with the draw, are now tied for first place with the Guelph Gryphons in the OUA West. The point helps the Hawks as well, who are battling to get into the playoffs, currently one spot behind the Windsor Lancers, for the final playoff spot.
Next up for the Hawks is a match against Guelph on Sunday afternoon at 3:15 pm. Guelph will host the Hawks in a rematch of a game earlier this season in which the Gryphons squeaked out a 3-2 win.