WSOCC earn draw against Waterloo
Nicole Lyon scores a first half-goal, helping the Hawks gain a valuable point
Friday, October 6, 2017 - Posted by Matthew Strapp
Waterloo, Ont. (October 6th, 2017) - History repeats itself. Similar to their matchup earlier this season, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team held the lead over the Waterloo Warriors for the majority of the game, but Waterloo found the equalizer in injury time. The teams tied 1-1 for the second time this season, with this version coming on a beautiful early Friday afternoon at University Stadium.
Perhaps motivated by the strong contingent of young Golden Hawk fans in the crowd (for the annual school-day game), the Golden Hawks got on the board first. In the 35th minute, Nicole Lyon (Kitchener, Ont.) found herself in a terrific position in front of goal thanks to a through pass by Gagan Parhar (Surrey, B.C.). Lyon took advantage of the opportunity, blasting a shot past diving Warrior goalkeeper Madison McDonald (Kitchener, Ont.). It was the only goal of the first-half, giving Laurier the lead going into the break.
To Laurier’s advantage, the second-half was dominated by midfield play and strong defending, allowing for limited offensive chances for both teams. The Hawks were hopeful to hold off the Warrior attack and sustain the clean-sheet. However, Gabrielle Kim (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and the Warriors had different motivations.
Only a few seconds after the scoreboard hit the 90-minute mark, Kim, on an assist from Natalie Villegas (Kitchener, Ont.), slid the ball into the corner of the net, providing the tying goal.
It was an unfortunate result for Laurier keeper Ashley Almeida (Burlington, Ont.), who was minutes away from securing her fourth shutout of the season. The third-year veteran was exceptional in goal, particularly in the 11th minute when she made a great save, punching a Waterloo header over the bar. Both Almeida and McDonald kept their teams in the game with stellar performances, each making five saves.
With the draw, the Hawks earn a valuable point, giving them 23 points for the season overall, while the Warriors now have 20 points. Both teams currently sit in playoff positions: the Hawks now tied for second-place, and Waterloo just behind, occupying the fourth spot in the OUA-West standings
A huge thank you is in store for the thousands of elementary school students, teachers and parents who made the trip to University Stadium to support the teams and contribute to a fun game environment.
Next up for the Hawks is a match against the top-seeded Western Mustangs in London. The two rivals are scheduled to battle on Saturday, October 14th at Mustang Field.
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