by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Windsor Lancers women’s soccer team split their first pair of home games of the 2015 season, shutting out the Waterloo Warriors 2-0 Sept. 11 and following up by being defeated by the Laurier Golden Hawks 3-2 just two days later, putting them 2-4 on the season and in sixth place in the OUA West Division.
In the shutout win over Waterloo, the Warriors dominated the first half with three shots on net. Windsor regrouped at halftime and were more aggressive in the second half to aggravate the visitors.
Lancers head coach Steve Hart said he wanted to thank all of the students, fans, family and friends for coming out to the two games.
“I can’t believe the amount of people that have been out, it was amazing,” said Hart. “It was a good atmosphere overall for the players to have their home opener. We’d been working hard all week with the girls. There are still things we need to iron out.”
Lancers rookie defender Jordan Carr said the crowd was great to play in front of but the home team unfortunately started off slow.
“In the first half, we were struggling a bit as a team,” said Carr. “But then we picked it up started working together as a team in the second half and worked for our two goals in the second half.”
Windsor’s determination paid off as Paiten Stephens opened the scoring for the home team just five minutes into the half. The Lancers built a two-goal lead less than 10 minutes later as Becca Feurth scored her second goal of the year to round out the scoring.
“It was a well deserved win,” said Stephens. “Our mentality changed for sure in the second half and we made the most of our opportunities. It was nice playing in front of a big crowd and it was good to win our home-opener, especially.”
Lancers fans watched a strong defense and some solid plays in net from Lancer goaltender Krystin Lawrence who ensured Windsor maintained the shutout and earn the victory. Lawrence finished the game with five saves and has shutouts in both of the women’s wins this season.
In a Sunday afternoon match the nationally ranked Golden Hawks built a two goal lead in the first half before the Lancers could get on the board when Fuerth scored her second goal on the weekend when she cut the Hawks lead in half in the 55th minute. The Golden Hawks regained their two-goal lead just seven minutes later when the ball ricocheted off defender Nicole Lyon and in behind Lawrence.
Hart said it was an unfortunate way to lose the game considering how hard they played.
“We hit the post right after that happened,” said Hart. “It was just one of those days where we had zero luck. We could have been playing until midnight and we couldn’t have scored.”
Giulia Barile brought Windsor within one goal once again in the 82nd minute but that was as close as they would get as Laurier took home the win to increase their record to 4-0-1 and sit in third place in the OUA West and sixth in the CIS.
“It’s unfortunate because Laurier is a very good team,” admitted Hart. “The girls showed them respect but they weren’t frightened of them. Any other given day with a bit of luck we might have gotten a better result.”