PREVIEW:Blockbuster set for WSOCC Home Opener
Hawks open up University Stadium looking to gain retribution against a familiar foe
Friday, September 1, 2017 - Posted by Meghan Daniels
Game Dates and Times: Saturday, September 2 – 1:00 p.m. (vs. Guelph) and Sunday, September 3 – 1:00 p.m. (at York)
Game Locations: University Stadium, Waterloo; York Stadium, Toronto;
Live Webcast/Radio Coverage: N/A
Tickets: At University Stadium (vs. Guelph), at York
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Although the Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team have barely begun a brand new OUA season, they will have to contend with past demons as they welcome in the Guelph Gryphons (2-0-1) to University Stadium to commence their 2017 home schedule Saturday afternoon.
Ten months ago, the Hawks (0-0-2) and the Gryphons authored one of the classic matches of the 2016 season during the first round of the OUA playoffs. Guelph handed the purple and gold a devastating 2-1 defeat on penalties after both teams played their hearts out for over 120 minutes on a cold, late-October evening.
With a rematch just three games into the new year, opportunity beckons for the Hawks. Taking down the Gryphons would provide a huge emotional boost and could serve as one of those statement wins that gets a team started on a lengthy roll moving into the meat of the season.
The Hawks could certainly use all the momentum they can get from Saturday’s tilt as they head back on the road Sunday for a match in Toronto against 2016 OUA West Champion York Lions. The Lions (0-2-1) will certainly have some bite in them following an opening week that failed to meet the lofty expectations set for the program over the last few years.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
- The Hawks will begin a home and home set with York Sunday that will shift back to Waterloo next Friday
- The Gryphons and Lions locked up in Toronto this past Wednesday with Guelph stealing the full three points on the road, winning 1-0
- Laurier is one of five teams in the OUA West Division to finish the opening week of the schedule with two draws and sit in a five-way tie for third place
- The reigning OUA Champion UOIT Ridgebacks have maintained their strong form to start 2017, with two victories on opening week over Carleton and Ottawa
Forward, Mackenzie D’Andrade (Newmarket, Ont.)
Midfielder, Nicole Lyon (Kitchener, Ont.)
- The second year forward has shown in the first two game of the season that she is ready to make a huge impact for the Hawks this year, asserting her will on the attacking end of the pitch, scoring two of four goals for Laurier on opening weekend, including a game-tying strike late Sunday at McMaster
- Received Female Athlete of the Week honours for the first time in her Laurier career last week
- Written by Mac Turchan
- After sitting out 2016, Lyon was back to form on opening weekend, potting two goals from the penalty spot for the purple and gold
- She brings plenty of pedigree to the 2017 roster after receiving OUA First Team All-Star and CIS Second Team All-Canadian honours in 2015
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