One mistake on the Lancers part was all it took for the Marauders to claim their first home victory of the season on Sunday (Sept. 15). Ann Yeboah scored from the penalty spot in the 77th minute, and McMaster defeated Windsor 2-1 at Ron Joyce Stadium in Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer.
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The Marauders (2-1-3) leapfrogged the Lancers into fourth place in the OUA West standings with the win. Although it was only their second victory of the season, Sunday’s result marked the fourth-consecutive game in which the Marauders garnered at least a point.
The afternoon match opened favourably for the hosts, as second-year midfielder Amanda Jones produced a classy finish to open the scoring in the 11th minute. A loose ball bounced to Jones at the edge of the area, and the midfielder unleashed a looping half-volley that found the far side of Windsor’s goal.
The Lancers immediately set about the task of finding an equalizer, and accomplished just that 14 minutes later. A clearance fell to Becca Fuerth, and with the Marauders moving to close down, the Lancer midfielder drilled a low shot that Marauder goalkeeper Brittany Duffey could only slow.
The match appeared destined for a draw as the second half wore on with neither team able to craft a decisive chance. But when a Marauder breakthrough was brought to an end by a sloppy tackle, the referee pointed to the penalty spot, and forward Yeboah coolly slotted the resulting spot kick home.
All that remained was to defend the advantage, and McMaster convincingly battened down the hatches in the final minutes to secure three points on home field.
The Marauders will play the role of hosts again in just a few short days when they welcome the Waterloo Warriors on Wednesday (Sept. 18). That midweek contest gets underway at 5 p.m.