The Marauders women’s soccer team followed one of its most encouraging matches of the season with one of their most disappointing on Sunday (Oct. 6). McMaster conceded a goal in the final moments of the first half, and were held off the scoresheet en route to a 1-0 loss at the hands of the UOIT Ridgebacks.
Defender Sara Voisin scored the game’s only goal to give the Ridgebacks a 5-5-2 record while they leapfrogged the Marauders (4-3-5) for fourth place in the Ontario University Athletics West division.
Neither team threatened to score over the course of the afternoon, with most of the play taking part in the midfield. Sunday’s was a choppy affair where the teams closed down early and often, and extended strings of passes were rare. The Ridgebacks repeatedly looked to unlock their forwards with long, hopeful balls through the middle, and it was one such lob that caught the Marauders off balance just before the end of the opening half.
UOIT pressed forward in numbers as the two teams neared stoppage time, and a lobbed through ball from the midfield found open space amid McMaster’s back four. Voisin was nearest, and outraced Marauder goalkeeper Brittany Duffey to the ball, prodding it past Duffey and into the open net from the edge of the box.
The Marauders searched fruitlessly for an equalizer in the second half, and were let down time and time again by their final ball. When a pass did reach forwards Emma Mangialardi and Anne Yeboah, they found themselves hopelessly alone in possession.
The Marauders will look to rebound on the road when they return to action on Wednesday. McMaster travels to London to take on the Western Mustangs 6 p.m.