The McMaster Marauders women’s soccer team, which finished the Ontario University Athletics regular schedule with a 6-5-3 mark in conference play, cruised to a 4-1 victory over the University of Western Ontario Mustangs (6-7-1) at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton.
McMaster jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the half with Haley Marler (Ancaster) and Maria Cusimano (North York) scoring goals for the Marauders on Wednesday. In the second half, McMaster would extend its lead to 4-0 with Tara Dawdy (Burlington) and Melanie Van der Hoop (Oakville) netting goals.
The McMaster shutout was broken in extra time, when Stephanie Pizzitelli (Aurora) directed a ball passed goalkeeper Michelle Spadafora (Dundas) at the 81:50 mark.
McMaster advances to the OUA quarterfinals on Saturday (Oct. 31). Gametime and an opponent have yet to be determined.