WSOCC and Guelph battle to a stalemate
Little separated the Gryphons and Hawks as neither could move ahead of the other in divisional race
Monday, October 2, 2017 - Posted by Mac Turchan
GUELPH, Ont. (Sunday, October 1, 2017) – Going into Sunday afternoon’s road tilt in Guelph, the Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team stood deadlocked with the Gryphons for second place in the OUA’s West Division on 19 points. The two sides proved to be as closely matched as the standings indicated, with both teams trading heavyweight blows in what ended a scoreless draw at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.
Rolling in off an emphatic 4-1 win over McMaster to kick off Homecoming Weekend at Laurier, the Hawks (5-2-5) were undoubtedly on good form. They played a strategically sound road match on Sunday, outshooting Guelph 8-6 and importantly limiting the chances of a very quick Gryphons (6-3-2) team. It was clear that adjustments had been made by Coach Barry MacLean and his team after the Gryphons used their speed effectively in scoring three times when the teams met at University Stadium earlier this season.
Maxine Murchie (Kitchener, Ont.) and Gagan Parhar (Surrey B.C.) led the way for the purple and gold offensively with two shots apiece. Ashley Almeida (Burlington, Ont.) picked up her third clean sheet of the year in net for Laurier.
With U SPORTS No. 4 Ranked Western (10-1-0) pulling away for the OUA West Division lead, it is likely that the Hawks and Gryphons will be battling it out for the coveted second seed down the home stretch. Second place in the division comes with an automatic first round playoff bye.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, with the draw Sunday, Guelph will hold the season series tiebreaker with Laurier. Combine that with the fact that the Gryphons have a game in hand on the Hawks and it is clear that the purple and gold will face an uphill battle for that second seed.
With just four games remaining in the regular season, next up for the Hawks is the second installment of the Battle of Waterloo against the Warriors (4-2-5) at University Stadium on Friday. Expect a large and enthusiastic crowd as Laurier welcomes in elementary students from around the region for the annual ‘School Day Game’, which will do nothing but add excitement to what is an always-entertaining Waterloo Derby matchup.
Kickoff for the Friday matinee will go at 11:00 a.m. Purchase your tickets online today!
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