Marauders hold onto third place in men’s OUA soccer

McMasterThe McMaster Marauder scored two goals in the second frame, after a scoreless first half, to win 2-1 over the Warriors in Ontario University Athletics men’s soccer play on Sunday in Waterloo.

The victory salvaged a weekend split after the Marauders were beaten 2-1 on Saturday by the visiting Laurier Golden Hawks.

The weekend results leave Mac, last year’s OUA champion, in third place in the West Division with seven points from their 2-2-1 record.

Anthony Costa (Stoney Creek) scored his second goal of the weekend to put the first points on the board at 55:00. Waterloo retaliated 15 minutes later to tie the score. Oladayo Odutayo (Niagara Falls) then scored the first goal of his university career at 80:00 to win the game 2-1.

At Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday, Laurier opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a low, hard shot from inside the box that snuck past McMaster keeper Matt Grant (Brampton). McMaster was awarded a penalty shot in the 25th minute when Laurier keeper Jarrett Humphries fouled a McMaster forward in the penalty box.

Costa stepped up to the spot, and evened the score with a well-placed shot. The remainder of the first half saw back and forth action, with quality scoring chances for both sides.

Tension was high in the second half, as the tied game turned physical and the referee dispensed six yellow cards between the two sides.

Laurier scored again in the 80th minute when a miscommunication between McMaster defenders resulted in a deflection that trickled just past Grant’s outstretched fingers.

McMaster poured on the pressure in the final minutes, but Laurier’s late game goal proved to be the game winner.

McMaster is back on the road next weekend and will face the 0-4 Guelph Gryhons at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19.