WATERLOO, Ont. (Friday, October 6, 2017) – The Battle of Waterloo lived up to its billing Friday afternoon at University Stadium, as the Laurier Golden Hawks Men’s Soccer team endured a testing, physical matchup with rivals the Waterloo Warriors. The tightly contested match left little room for many offensive chances as the Waterloo Derby ended in a 0-0 draw.
The physicality could be seen from the start, as Hawks Midfielder Nicholas Amorim
(Kitchener, Ont.) got booked for a yellow early. This was the first of three yellow cards handed out on the afternoon, a figure that could potentially have been greater.
The rough nature of the contest had an adverse effect on the Hawks (3-7-3) early, as starting goalkeeper Ryan Mandryk
(Ancaster, Ont.) had to be taken off after going down hard with an injury. With Rocco Strazzella
(Woodbridge, Ont.) into the game for the purple and gold, his defence rallied around him by stonewalling the Warriors (1-8-3), holding them to a measly four shots on the afternoon.
The Waterloo defence was holding up their end of the bargain as well in the opening half, limiting the Hawks to four shots in the opening 45 minutes. However, Laurier began to find the cracks after halftime, mounting the pressure on the Warriors and creating some great offensive chances, entertaining the many students in attendance for the annual ‘School Day Game’. Malik Bromfield
(Toronto, Ont.) was able to blast away a strike from close range, but Waterloo keeper Damian Kruschat (Kitchener, Ont.) turned him away with a key save. Laurier kept on the pressure into second half injury time. It looked as though Lucas Cabral
(Kitchener, Ont.) was going to finally break it open in the dying seconds, but he sent his ball just over the top bar, allowing Waterloo to escape with the draw.
The Hawks now receive a break for reading week but will be back in action next weekend as they hit the road for key divisional clashes with Windsor and Western aiming to secure a playoff position with three games remaining. The purple and gold sit one point back of the Lancers for the sixth and final playoff spot.