The McMaster Marauders women’s soccer team defeated the Waterloo Warriors at Ron Joyce Stadium on a chilly Saturday (Oct. 6) by a score of 2-1.
The win left McMaster tied in points for second place with Western (7-3-2). Each team has 23 points but McMaster (7-2-2) has a game in hand in Ontario University Athletics West division play. Laurier Golden Hawks with a 9-1 record top the division.
In the opening minutes of the game, McMaster got the game’s first scoring chance. Defender Adrienne Harrison (Burlington) took a shot from 30 yards out, but hit the cross bar. On the rebound, Mel Van Der Hoop (Oakville) went for a header but was denied by the goalkeeper.
Despite some sloppy play from both teams at the beginning of the match, the Marauders cleaned it up and put some passes together for their first goal. Working deep in the Warriors’ end, Marauder Maureen Mai (Peterborough) deftly beat a Waterloo defender at the top right corner of the box. The first-year forward made the most of her opportunity and buried the ball into the opposite top corner.
With 10 minutes left in the half, sweeper Cristina Leonardelli (Woodbridge) scored her second goal of the season to give McMaster the 2-0 cushion to take into the second half.
The Warriors pulled to within a goal in the 65th minute after a 2-on-1 break with just Leonardelli to defend the rush. Receiving a great pass, Kaitlyn Barnett (Kitchener) beat goalkeeper Brittany Duffey (Markham) for the game’s final goal.
The Marauders travel to Guelph (4-3-4) on Saturday to take on the Gryphons. Their last meeting was a scoreless draw.