Mac soccer women secure second place

McMasterThe McMaster Marauders rebounded from defeat on Saturday to earn a win in Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer.

The Marauders lost 3-2 on Saturday against the Laurier Golden Hawks at Ron Joyce stadium but the host Waterloo Warriors, 2-1, on Sunday.

On Sunday, Hayley Marler (Ancaster) found the back of the net 30 minutes into the game and sent Mac into the locker room with a 1-0 lead at the half. Tara Dawdy (Burlington) then scored her second goal in two days and put the Maroon team up by two at 65:00.

With a little over 10 minutes left in the game, Eugenia Acosta (Cambridge) slipped one past Marauder tender Brittany Duffey (Unionville) but that was the best Waterloo could do.

Laurier opened the scoring midway through the first half Saturday, when Tania Pedron (Maple, Ont.) threaded a curling shot from outside the box to beat Marauders’ keeper Jocelyn Wilkins (London). Laurier doubled the tally again in the first half, as another shot found the back of the McMaster goal. Though scoreless in the first half, the Marauders produced a variety of fine chances, but were unable to capitalize.

McMaster turned it around in the second half, with their breakthrough coming early. Robin Mawson (West Vancouver, B.C.) single handedly carved her way through Laurier’s defence, playing off Dawdy for the shot, who buried it into the corner. Laurier replied quickly, cutting McMaster’s momentum short with a fast break goal.

The Marauders didn’t give up though. Midway through the half Samantha MacLaren (Oakville) buried a shot from the top of the box, making the score 3-2.

McMaster kept the pressure up and had another close chance in the dying minutes, when defender Carley Luongo (Ancaster) made a great run up the left wing, nearly netting a cross from captain Melanie Van der Hoop (Oakville).

Though the Marauders dominated the final 15 minutes, Laurier’s early lead proved to be too much, and time expired, leaving the final score 3-2 in favour of Laurier.

After weekend play, McMaster has a 2-1-1 record and sits in second in the OUA West Division with seven points, trailing only Laurier (3-0) who has nine points. Waterloo is (0-2-0)

McMaster hits the road next Sunday, Sept. 19, to meet the 1-1-2 Gryphons in Guelph at 1 p.m.