Laurier: 1 WESTERN: 1
LONDON, Ont. (Saturday, October 14, 2017) – The Laurier Golden Hawks Women’s Soccer team did what few OUA teams have been able to accomplish on Saturday afternoon in London, secure points off the powerful U SPORTS No.4 Ranked Western Mustangs. The Hawks came out prepared to hang with one of the top teams in the nation and were duly rewarded, rallying back with a late equalizer at Mustang Field to snap Western’s 12-match winning streak with a 1-1 draw.
The Hawks (6-2-6) had shown the ability to play with Western in their previous meeting a few weeks ago, a fact that helped give the team the confidence needed to go into enemy territory Saturday and achieve a positive result.
The only thing separating the teams back at University Stadium in September was a single lapse of concentration by the purple and gold early, which Western rode to the bank for a 1-0 victory that afternoon.
The return match started in a eerily similar fashion for Laurier, as the Mustangs (12-1-1) mounted pressure on the Hawks in the first half, leading to a marker from striker Julia Crnjac (Mississauga, Ont.) to put the home side ahead in the 31st.
There was certainly a cause for concern in going down early for the purple and gold, as Western had only allowed two goals all season long. However, with every point crucial in a tight race for playoff positioning in the OUA West, the Hawks came out in the second half with a sense of urgency in their play, taking the fight back to their rivals.
Despite the surge in energy, the situation was looking bleak for the purple and gold as time wore on without being able to find a way past the defensive wall from Western.
The odds were not in their favour, but the Hawks did not roll over. Top-scorer Maxine Murchie
(Kitchener, Ont.) did what she does best, striking home her team-leading fifth of the season in the 88th to stun the Mustangs, securing a draw and an important point.
A big result in the bag, the Hawks move on down Highway 401 to Windsor for another all-important late season matchup against the Lancers (3-4-6). Kickoff goes from Alumni Field at 1:00 p.m.