(WINDSOR, ON) – The Lancer Men’s soccer team opened their 2012/13 season with a road trip to UOIT on Saturday afternoon.
The Lancers started strongly, when new recruit Jamar Kelly opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. Following a deep cross, Kelly latched onto the ball and drove it home to give Windsor an early lead.
The Lancers had most of the possession in the first half, with several chances going wide or hitting the post. Akbal Gill led the defence and effectively kept the Ridgebacks offence at bay.
The centre of midfield was run again by Lancer captain Michael Watson controlled the game.
Lancer rookie Jack Sargent was voted team MVP by the UOIT coaching staff, Sargent impressed in the midfield and had a solid 90 minutes of play.
Mid way through the second half, second year forward Mike Pio controlled a ball just outside the Ridgebacks 18 yard box beating two players before hitting an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Dejo Olabegi earned the shut-out in net for the Lancers.
In their home opener on Monday, the Lancers did not fair as well as they fell to the Western Mustangs 1-0 on Alumni Field.
Maintaining possession for most of the game, the Lancers could not turn their dominance into goals.
A goal late in the game by rookie Mustang forward Christian Douglas gave Western the 3 points. Despite a strong rally by the Lancers at the end, Windsor could not find the equalizer.
The Lancers will hit the road this weekend as they take on the McMaster Marauders on Saturday and the Brock Badgers on Sunday.