by Richard Riosa
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Lancer men’s and women’s soccer teams have both lost their last two games of the season in a disappointing final road trip.
Both teams played York Oct. 18 and Guelph Oct. 19. The men lost 4-2 to the Lions, before dropping their last game of the season 3-1 to the Gryphons. The women lost both games 3-1.
Both squads were running thin this weekend, as head coach Steve Hart said he had to leave many players behind for the trip.
Despite the losses, Hart said he was pleased with the way the men played, particularly midfielder Carlos Soares, who picked up one goal in each game.
Having only brought 16 players along for the final two games, Hart’s job was made more difficult by having to manage the game against Guelph with multiple players risking suspension if they picked up another yellow card.
“This last weekend of the season is always tricky,” said Hart. “We had five players sitting on two yellow cards, which if they picked up a yellow card today (Oct. 19), means they wouldn’t have been available for the playoffs, so we couldn’t play them.”
Hart said the risk of suspensions caused him to drastically alter his squad once the match started getting too physical when both sides were level at 1-1.
The men finish the season fifth in the OUA West with an overall record of 8-7-1. They begin their playoff run Oct. 22 away to fourth place Western.
“We beat them (Western) 4-1 at their place in the season, then they beat us 1-0, so as long as we get everyone healthy for Wednesday… we should be okay,” said Hart.
The women also begin their playoff run Oct. 22 when they host the Gryphons at Alumni Field. They finished the season with an 8-7-1 record, fourth in the OUA West. Hart said the team didn’t give anything away tactically against Guelph this weekend and he’s confident of a better result at home, with a full-strength squad.
“They just didn’t show up (this weekend),” said Hart. “I think everybody’s just kind of waiting for the playoffs.”