Rally pushes Marauders into soccer playoff

The Marauders staged a dramatic, second-half comeback to secure three crucial points and ensure a playoff berth. McMaster’s women’s soccer team scored three goals in the second half en route to a 3-2 victory over the Brock Badgers on Saturday (Oct. 19) in Ontario University Athletics.

(Photo: Cameron Dunlop/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Cameron Dunlop/McMaster Athletics)

First-year forward Anne Yeboah converted on a spot kick in the 80th minute to seal the result for the 5-5-5 Marauders, who moved into a tie for fifth position in the OUA West standings with one game remaining. York’s loss to Windsor ensured that the Lions cannot catch the Marauders for the sixth and final playoff seed in the division, as they now sit four points back.

The outlook was less sunny for McMaster in the first half of Saturday’s game, as Brock midfielder Kara Ross struck to open the scoring in the 15th minute. Ross doubled her total — and that of her team — on the half hour, leaving the Marauders reeling in the face of the early onslaught.

But McMaster successfully regrouped at the interval, and struck back in the opening minute of the second half to cut the deficit in half. Maureen Mai headed across the box, and Cassidy Davis connected on a diving header of her own that beat the stunned Brock goalkeeper.

Rookie defender Marisa Bremner added a goal of her own in the 70th minute to level the match, and set the scene for Saturday’s dramatic conclusion. A sloppy Badger challenge in the penalty box was immediately whistled, and Yeboah stepped up and calmly converted from the spot in the 80th minute to put McMaster ahead for the first time in the match.

McMaster will conclude its conference schedule and confirm its playoff seeding on Sunday (Oct. 20), when the Marauders travel to Waterloo to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks.