Lancer Men’s Soccer Team Stuttering Down Home Stretch

Lancers forward Lyowuna Jumbo lays the ball off for attacking midfielder Michael Pio to run onto Oct. 11 at Alumni Field against the Brock Badgers. [Photo by // Richard Riosa]

by Richard Riosa
The Lance – Sports Editor

The Lancer men’s soccer team have finished the week 1-1-1 after a strong start away to Waterloo.

After getting back on track last weekend with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Laurier, the Lancers steamrolled the Warriors 4-0 Oct. 8, with both Michael Pio and Lyowuna Jumbo picking up a brace.  With the team remaining in constant control of the game, head coach Steve Hart used the second half as an opportunity to give some of his younger players match experience.

Bringing their two-game winning streak back home for the weekend, Hart said he was confident his team could earn four to six points from their games against Brock Oct. 12 and McMaster the following afternoon.

Unfortunately for the Lancers, their own inconsistency and a couple key refereeing decisions would ruin their last two home games and put a damper on Thanksgiving weekend.

After conceding the first goal against Brock, midfielder Chris Lanni tied the game and Jumbo scored his fourth goal in three games to put the Lancers in the lead.

Brock pushed hard for the win late in the game and managed to find an equalizer as the ball was headed into the net off of a corner delivered by the Badgers goalkeeper. The bizarre ending to the game came one full minute after the three minutes of added time initially called for by the referee.

Hart said he was extremely disappointed with his squad for letting the lead slip.

“The moment you lose concentration, the moment you play stupid, you’re not going to win,” said Hart. “That’s exactly what happened. We didn’t deserve it today.”

Lanni said it was heartbreaking for the team to concede on the last touch of the game. He said it especially hurt him, having grown up in the Niagra region, where Brock is located.

While Lanni said “obviously it hurts”, he hoped the team would be able to bounce back the following afternoon against McMaster

However due to injuries and suspensions, Windsor started a fairly experimental line-up which never got a chance to get going in the game.

Jumbo picked up a red card midway through the second half, causing Windsor to have to play the remaining 20 minutes one man down. They held on until the 82nd minute when the Marauders finally took the lead. They went on to score another in the 90th, winning the game 2-0.

The Lancers have now dropped to fifth place in the OUA West standings with a record of 8-5-1. They go on the road for their last two games of the season against York Oct. 18 and Guelph Oct. 19.

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