The McMaster women’s soccer team stretched its unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 win over the visiting Waterloo Warriors. The Marauders have three wins and two draws in their last five contests in Ontario University Athletics.
Rookie Alessia Marzilli had a corner kick called back. (Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)
The first half of Wednesday’s (Sept. 18) affair saw the Marauders with most of the possession time but it was Waterloo which had the best scoring chance off a corner in the 33rd minute. One of the Warriors found herself with an open look after a scramble in front of the McMaster net, but her shot hit the crossbar and stayed out.
McMaster tried to mount some pressure late in the half and a nifty cross from Emma Mangialardi found the foot of Taylor Lambert, whose shot forced the Warrior keeper to make a diving save. The teams entered intermission scoreless.
Looking for its first win of the season, Waterloo showed fresher legs to start the second half and pressed the attack, forcing Maroon keeper Brittany Duffey to be sharp. In the 54th minute McMaster’s Alessia Marzilli curled a brilliant corner kick into the Waterloo goal, but the referee’s whistle waved off the apparent score as the Marauders were called for a violation in the box.
The Marauders ended the scoring drought in the 69th minute when Anne Yeboah corralled a loose ball in the box after the initial save was made and drilled it past the helpless Waterloo keeper.
Now trailing, Waterloo was forced to push forward for the equalizer but the Marauder defense kept Duffey from facing any serious threats to maintain the shut-out.
The Marauders are back on the home pitch to face Western on Sunday (Sept. 22). Game time at Ron Joyce Stadium is 1 pm.