Soccer win gives Marauders fourth place

The visiting Marauder women’s soccer team countered a setback quickly, and struck again in the second half, en route to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the York Lions on Saturday (Oct. 5).

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

Stephanie Davis and Emma Mangialardi scored for McMaster (4-2-5), as the Marauders moved three points clear of the Lions (3-3-5) and into possession of fourth place in Ontario University Athletics West standings with the road win.

The home side drew first blood on Saturday, as sophomore striker Adeife Adekusibe bundled a rebound past McMaster’s Duffey to give York a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute. But the Marauders trailed for only five minutes before drawing level.

A low cross came to Davis and the third-year forward slotted in her second goal of the season to peg the Lions back almost immediately. That score held as the teams entered the halftime break, but McMaster overturned it quickly when play resumed.

Mangialardi was the beneficiary of the Marauders bright start to the second half, scoring her first goal – and the game winner – of the year. A typically strong defensive effort saw out the result for McMaster, as Brittany Duffey stopped eight of nine shots to secure three points on the afternoon.

The Marauders return to Ron Joyce Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 6) to make their own mark on Homecoming weekend with a matinee contest against the UOIT Ridgebacks. The opening whistle is slated for 1 p.m.