By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Western’s Amanda Boyle scored her 12th goal of the season to lift the Mustangs over the visiting Windsor Lancers Friday evening. During the first half, Western pressured Windsor early and often, winning two corner kicks and forcing Kristen Lawrence to make four saves to maintain a scoreless halftime draw.
The Mustangs inserted five fresh players to start the second half and continued the dominating play over Windsor. Boyle was denied on four shots before hitting the back of the net in the 76th minute.
On Sunday, Windsor’s Giulia Barile sat out the match against Waterloo at alumni Field after being red carded in London. The team, however, mitigated the loss of their top goal scorer through a strong defence and capitalizing on the fast breaks.
Both Jaclyn Faraci and Becca Fuerth peppered the Waterloo keeper with shots early on and kept the pace throughout the game. However, after a scoreless first half, Marina Drygala found the back of the net for Waterloo in the 48th minute for the Warriors.
The Lancers didn’t let up, though, and continued to take the game to Waterloo. The pressure culminated in Fuerth’s 3rd goal of the season at 63:21 and then the go-ahead and winner 15 minutes later by Faraci.
The win improved the women’s record to 4-3 and they now sit 4th in the OUA West with 12 points, but have two games in hand on each of the top three teams.
The men’s side had a huge weekend, first with a 4-1 win away in London and then with another blowout, this time 4-nil, at home against Waterloo. The Lancers were able to pull to within 4 points of Western, who sits immediately atop of Windsor in the standings, with the win on Friday. Despite the Mustangs drawing first blood, Windsor replied with four unanswered goals from Chris Lanni, Marco Bernabo, and Lyowuna Jumbo, in the 1st half, and then Chris Al-Youssef in the 61st minute.
Jack Sargent netted Windsor’s first goal on Sunday, and Michael Pio made the score 2-nil before the half ended. John Bahdi made the score 3-nil shortly into the second half, and then Sargent struck again just before full time, for his second of the game.
The perfect weekend for the men propelled them into 5th in the OUA West and now rest 1 point behind Western with two games in hand.
The men and women will now travel to Sault Ste Marie this weekend for two games against the Algoma Thunderbirds.
AROUND THE HORN
The Windsor Lancers men’s basketball team continued their tune-up for the 2014-15 season by hosting the Humber Hawks from Toronto’s west side. The Sunday afternoon game at St Denis saw the home team dominate play in a 73-52 victory for the Lancers. Khalid Abdel-Gabar played strong at both ends of the court dropping 16 points, and pulling down 11 rebounds while adding 5 assists. Windsor also received 19 points from Junior Osuntola, 16 from Mike Rocca, and nine each from Brad Parker and Alex Campbell.
“We showed some development defensively,” Head Coach Chris Oliver said. “We had moments of inconsistency offensively throughout the game. But as you can imagine it is a lot easier to deal with those moments when the effort is being put into the defensive end of the floor.”
Windsor will face Fanshawe College this coming Saturday, at 4:00 pm on the Chatham Campus of St Clair College.
Meanwhile, Lancers Football travelled up the 401 to Waterloo for a Saturday match-up with the Warriors. They came away with a 63-4 win and perfecting their record to 3-0.
Quarterback Austin Kennedy drew closer to the OUA touchdown record when he went 10 for 13 and 141 yards for three TD’s. In the air, Windsor was led by Amherstburg’s Jeff Masson who pulled down two catches for 47 yards. Nigel Applewhaite, from Westgate High School in Hamilton, ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and Belle River’s Nick Vincent picked up 85 yards and 2 TD’s on just seven carries.
The win for Windsor gives them 6 points and places them at 2nd in the standings, 2 points behind McMaster with a game in hand. The Lancers will next play on the road against York Lions this Friday. They return home on October 4 at 1:00 pm when they will host the Guelph Gryphons.