Ridgebacks make soccer life difficult for Marauders

For the second time in six days, the McMaster Marauders were handed a loss by the UOIT Ridgebacks. McMaster dropped the Ontario University Athletics game with major playoff implications, 3-1.

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

UOIT’s scoring started early, with the first goal coming two minutes into Friday’s (Oct. 11) contest. Midfielder Emily Copeland-Dinan took the through ball and beat Marauder keeper Brittany Duffey one-on-one to put Mac into an early hole, which only larger three minutes later. Forward Sonia Sampogna scored on a similar play to make the score 2-0.

Shortly after the tally, McMaster was forced to sub defender Julia Maiolino after she appeared to aggravate a knee injury that sidelined since the Aug. 30 season opener.

The Ridgebacks continued to press for the remainder of the half, but Duffey held firm to keep the score 2-0 with a diving stop in the 43rd minute.

With Mac looking to grab points in the game as the Ridgebacks and Marauders battle for playoff position, head coach Brett Mosen changed formation and put three players on the back line. The decision paid dividends as the Maroon and Grey kept the ball in the offensive third of the pitch.

Mac’s pressure had positive results in the 70th minute, after the UOIT keeper bobbled a cross resulting in Samantha Salata scoring her first OUA career goal.

With a little momentum behind them, the Marauders continued to make moves in the offensive end. An Emma Mangialardi shot caused a ruckus in front of the goal but McMaster was unable to capitalize.

The Ridgebacks added some insurance in the 86th minute with Sampogna collecting her second goal of the night in another one-on-one.

The loss means that McMaster will need to put up points in its final two games of the season. York sits one spot behind the Marauders, with 15 points to Mac’s 17. The Lions have two games in hand. Another team with two games in hand is the Windsor Lancers, who have 14 points.

McMaster’s next game is Oct. 19, when they host the lowly Brock Badgers (2-6-4). The final regular season tilt will be against the Laurier Golden Hawks (6-2-3), who sit third in the OUA West standings.