Marauders secure second place soccer finish

With sights still on first place in the Ontario University Athletics’ West Division, the McMaster men’s soccer team beat the Brock Badgers 4-0 on a chilly, wet Saturday (Oct. 19) afternoon at Ron Joyce Stadium. With the win, the Marauders finish no worse than the second seed in the division playoffs.

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

Currently ranked fifth in the national top-ten, McMaster got off the mark early against the Badgers as Paterson Farrell drove a volley into the left corner of the Brock net in the 11th minute, for his fourth goal of the season.

The Marauders continued to apply pressure and it paid off in the 37th minute when Maroon midfielder Gersi Xhuti made a pretty run and finished with a left-footed strike that the Brock keeper got a piece of but could not stop. The goal was his seventh of the year, and McMaster had a 2-0 lead at the intermission.

A dubious start to the second half saw McMaster reduced to 10 men, when Xhuti was sent off with a red card less than five minutes in. The Marauders’ leading scorer, Xhuti will now have to sit out the final conference game at Laurier on Sunday.

Despite playing a man short, McMaster kept attacking and had an apparent goal in the 59th minute wiped out by the linesman’s flag as offside. But in the 66th minute, Ryan Garnett lined up a corner from the left side and curled it directly into the Badger net for his second goal of the year.