Bookend Goals Give Western 2-0 Win Over Waterloo
The Western Men’s soccer team clashed with their Waterloo counterparts late yesterday afternoon, and came a way with an emphatic 2-0 victory, rising to fifth place in the OUA Western Conference. Going into the game, the visiting Warriors had only lost once with a record of 3 and 1 and 13 points, a win away from taking the conference lead. In contrast, the home side entered the match with a single win, two ties, and a loss for 6 points, in the bottom half of the standings. Despite this record-based mismatch, it was Western who not only dominated play, but did so from the opening whistle. The Mustangs struck early in the first half, courtesy of a Mark Serjeant corner with almost five minutes into the contest. The Torontonian’s chip into the box reached midfielder Jeremy Arnold, who careened the ball to the foot of defenseman Jonathan Hodge. The King’s College senior tucked the ball into the middle of the net, scoring his first goal of the season. The rest of the first half was fairly even for both sides, with the Warriors and Mustangs each managing a single shot on net following Hodge’s tally, both failing to capitalize on their opportunities. Several tackles, such as a particularly crisp slide by James O’Callaghan, kept the Warriors from pressuring goalie Connor Dalton for the majority of the contest.
The final 45 saw the Mustangs pull away with both on the scoreboard and in overall play. The purple and white fired four shots on goal in the second frame, while the defense prevented Waterloo from echoing with a barrage of their own. In the 75th minute, senior striker Lucas Ventura popped a shot past Matt Papadopoulos to give Western a 2-0 advantage. After 90 minutes, the Mustangs claimed the upset, while the Warriors remained behind the conference leading York Lions by 2 points.
Western takes the rest of the week off before clashing with the Warriors again this Saturday on the road.