Windsor 0 | Waterloo 0
Laurier 4 | Windsor 1
It was a tough weekend for University of Windsor women’s soccer.
Saturday, they faced off against the University of Waterloo in a scoreless battle. It was a hard match, but the Lancers fought to the end against the Warriors, who seemed to take more of an initiative in the match.
In Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Laurier, however, the Lancers were not able to handle a very skillful Golden Hawks team. Laurier took control of the game right from the beginning, launching attacks against the Lancers’ defense and scoring their first goal before the 11th minute of the game.
Not about to surrender, the brave Lancers women displayed a very physical game as they pushed the Hawks back to their nest. After a rebound from a corner kick, Lancer Kelly Riccardi took a fantastic long shot, placed in the right corner of the goal to beat goalkeeper Maggie Carmichael. The match was tied up one to one.
From then on, the Golden Hawks assumed complete control of the match, scoring in the 34th minute and twice more in the second half.
Goalie Tara Benard-Rae made many saves and was the best Lancer on the field.
“They were beating us to the ball,” she said. “We need to win more balls in the middle.”
According to Lancers head coach Angelo Verardi, it’s hard to keep the morale up high after a tough loss. He intends to motivate the girls with hard work.
“We had back-to-back games and the girls played 180 minutes in 24 hours,” he commented. “We are going to work very hard in order to get better during this season.”
Up next for the Lancers are games against Guelph and York this Saturday and Sunday, respectively.