Falcons fly into town and spoil Royal home debut

The Redeemer Lady Royals home opener for the 2012 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association soccer season was spoiled by the Fanshawe Falcons who left Ancaster with a 4-0 victory.

Tuesday’s (Sept. 18) match remained a close affair for most of the first half with neither team able to capitalize until the 35th minute when Marisa Oliveira scored.

The Royals started strong in the second half, playing strong defensively but struggled on offense. Two quick goals by Fanshawe in the 56th minute (Amanda Dafoe) and the 60th (Katie Parker) on a header and a free kick pulled the game away from Redeemer. Fanshawe added its final marker (Bailey Maxwell) in the final minute of play for the decision.

Cheriss Marson had the shutout for Fanshawe.

The Lady Royals now run their record to 0-2-1 three games into the season. The Conestoga Condors and Mohawk Mountaineers head to Redeemer on Friday and Saturday in games that will have huge playoff implications for the Royals. Going into the matches without a win, the Royals will likely need to pick up points in both games.

Conestoga comes in on Friday with the same record as the Lady Royals at 0-2-1. Game time is at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Royals host their cross-town rivals Mohawk (1-1-0) in another pivotal match. Game time is at 2 p.m.