The Marauder men’s soccer team finds itself ‐ at least for the moment ‐ atop Ontario University Athletics West standings, after a 2-0 win over the host Western Mustangs on Wednesday (Oct. 9).
Defender Kody Kazda and midfielder Nate Morris had the goals for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport No. 6-ranked Marauders, who vaulted over the York Lions and Guelph Gryphons and into first position after Wednesday’s result. McMaster leads the OUA West with 29 points from 13 games (9-2-2), while York has two games in hand and Guelph has one.
Kazda opened the scoring – his first of the season – in the 32nd minute. Third-year midfielder Morris tied the team-lead with his fifth goal of the season in the 83rd minute to secure the decision.
Angelo Cavalluzzo stopped all three of the shots he faced to record McMaster’s sixth clean sheet of the season.
The Marauders return to action on Friday, when they travel to Oshawa to conclude the season series with the UOIT Ridgebacks. That game will follow the women’s match and is scheduled to get underway at 8:15 p.m.
Women fall to Mustangs
In women’s play preceding the men’s game, the Marauders suffered their second straight defeat, falling 3-1 to the Mustangs.
The result kept the Marauders (4-4-5) level with the UOIT Ridgebacks for fourth place in the OUA West division, with 17 points from 13 matches. Mac plays the Ridgebacks on Friday in Oshawa.
McMaster was put on the back foot almost immediately on Wednesday, as Western opened the scoring in just the third minute of the match. Midfielder Tianna Deluzio doubled the Mustangs’ advantage in the 23rd minute, before rookie forward Jessie Faber halved the Marauders’ deficit with her first goal of the season in the 31st minute.
Western got an insurance goal in the 83rd minute courtesy of striker Amanda Boyle.