by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Windsor Lancers women’s soccer team kicked off their season with a win against Brock and a loss against Guelph.
In a rematch of last season’s first-round playoff match against the Guelph Gryphons, the Lancers were unable to exorcise their demons from a 1-0 loss in the playoffs, falling victim to a breakaway goal in the 87th minute and suffering the same one-goal defeat.
Lancers head coach Steve Hart said the loss was not due to a lack of effort of ball possession, but an inability to score on the Gryphons.
“We dominated the game, we had more of the possession until the 87th minute when they got a breakaway right through the middle and scored,” said Hart. “It’s the old adage, you can have all the possessions you want but if you don’t score you don’t win games. The girls were very upset. With Guelph knocking the team off in the players last year, we were looking for a little bit of revenge. “
With the loss to Guelph fresh in their memories, the Lancers faced off against Brock and came away with a 2-0 win. Windsor fielded a young team against the Badgers with up to four rookies on the field at any time throughout the match. After not playing at all against Guelph, first year Lancer Jordan Carr had a strong game in her OUA debut, playing a full 90 minutes against Brock.
Carr said it was nerve-racking playing in her first OUA game but once the whistle blew, the nerves went away.
“The pace is definitely a change than what I played before and it’s fun playing with all the girls and on a whole new level ,” said Carr. “Guelph was a tough loss but we came back together and all played together as a team against Brock, that’s how we got our win because we played really well together.”
Hart was not short of compliments when describing the rookie Carr’s level of play in her first OUA match.
“She did really well, she stood out like a beacon,” said Hart. “She kept her head focused, came in and did great. It’s an amazing capability for a young girl to come in at this level to do that so I was very proud of her.”
The Lancers did not wait long to get on the scoreboard, as Giulia Barile opened the scoring early in the first half with an individual effort just nine minutes into the match. Rookie Cassie Chretien scored her first OUA career goal in the 33rd minute and pushed Windsor’s lead to 2-0. Keeper Krystin Lawrence earned the Lancers shutout in goal.
Carr said now that the team has two games under their belt, Windsor can assess one major area of improvement going forward, their communication with one another on the pitch.
“If we keep talking and moving off the ball like we were, it’s obviously going to come with more games and getting to know the team better,” said Carr. “Communication will help a lot.”
The win gives the Lancers a 1-1 record on the season heading into a pair of games against the McMaster Marauders and York Lions, Sept. 5 and 6. While the Lancers sport a strong team, Hart said the team is still looking for a final piece to the puzzle, a backup goalkeeper with experience. Any women interested in this position are encouraged to contact Hart
The Lancers home-opener will be Sept. 11 at Alumni Field against the Waterloo Warriors.