Laurier: 4 MCMASTER: 1
WATERLOO, Ont. (Friday, September 29, 2017) – Amid conditions that were anything but consistent, the Laurier Golden Hawks Women’s Soccer team delivered what was one of their most consistent and complete efforts of the season. A suddenly burgeoning Hawks offence had having no trouble finishing Friday afternoon at University Stadium, racking up four goals before the McMaster Marauders could even get out of the starting blocks, cruising to a 4-1 victory.
Following the open five minutes, the match would experience roughly a half-hour delay due to lightning in the area. Weather certainly played a factor throughout, with bands of rain and even hail crossing over University Stadium sporadically throughout.
Mother nature did not seem to hamper the Hawks (5-2-4) in any way. Following some evenly matched play in the first 30 minutes, the Marauders (1-4-5) shot themselves in the foot in the 39th minute with an own goal. Credit to Maxine Murchie
(Kitchener, Ont.) on the last touch for the Hawks, her fourth of the campaign.
Taking the advantage into half, the purple and gold came out firing in the second half with three goals in quick succession from Pauline McCordic
(North Vancouver, B.C.), Emily Tamburro
(Vaughan, Ont.), and Gagan Parhar
(Surrey, B.C.) to put the game out of reach.
First-year Hawk Tamburro was an important spark for the purple and gold, scoring her first career goal for Laurier as well as assisting on McCordic’s marker.
With the match firmly in hand, the Hawks were able to conced Jade Smith’s (Oshawa, Ont.) reply for McMaster in the 75th with little concern.Ashley Almeida
(Burlington, Ont.) stood tall in net for Laurier, turning aside 10 of 11 shots fired on target.
Friday marked the end of a five-game homestand for the purple and gold. They finally head back on the road again on Sunday to take on the speedy Guelph Gryphons, who are now tied with the Hawks for second in the OUA West Division. The Gryphons burned the Hawks earlier this year, handing them a 3-0 defeat at home. Let’s see if Laurier can repay the favour.
Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. Sunday.