by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
It would prove to be another afternoon of frustration for the Lancer women’s soccer team against the McMaster Marauders this weekend at Alumni Field.
Windsor allowed a tie-breaking goal to McMaster’s Jessie Faber in the 87th minute and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Marauders, falling to seventh place now in the OUA West division with a 4-7 record.
Lancers director of soccer operations Steve Hart said it was disappointing to see the women fall by one goal once again because they work so hard but added he’d like to see more out of his veterans as the season comes to a close.
“We settled on the right formation but now we have to settle on getting the right people in the right seats,” said Hart. “The rookies are doing well but some of the veterans need to figure out what’s going on and start leading a bit better.”
First-year player Paiten Stephens said the team’s six losses by one goal on the season are frustrating but it shows them they clearly haven’t gotten to where they need to be yet.
“We all want to win really bad but we always lose by one,” said Stephens. “We have definitely improved, especially in our training, we’ve become more intense in our training but now I think we need to work even harder. It is like a sliver, we are so close to beating almost every team in this league.”
In the first half, both teams looked sluggish and were unable to produce many quality passes in succession. McMaster had one solid chance for a goal late in the first half when Maris Bremner, was one-on-one with Lancers goalie Krystin Lawrence but was only able to push the shot wide.
After heading into halftime scoreless, McMaster would open the scoring just 31 seconds into the second half. Faber took a shot that was deflected by Lawrence but the ball landed at Taylor Lambert’s feet who then shot the ball into the back of the net. Windsor would have to wait nearly 30 minutes for an equalizing goal, which came off a free kick from Becca Fuerth and Stephens would head the ball and redirect it into the back of the net to tie the game.
As the game entered in final minutes of regulation, both teams amped up the pressure, pushing for the winning goal. In the 87th minute, a shot from inside the 18-yard box by Marauders Faber got through Windsor defense and into the back of the net to put the Marauders on top for good.
As the final whistle of the match blew, Windsor succumbed to their sixth loss of the 2015-16 season by a mere one goal.
Stephens believes team chemistry is not the issue with the women’s soccer team as the veterans have been quick to help rookies learn the ropes.
“We all get along and play well together, our veterans help us out a lot too,” said Stephens. “But if we need to be put in place, we are put into place by our vets and they lead the team.”
Heading into a weekend set against the Guelph Gryphons and Brock Badgers at Alumni Field, Stephens said it is a chance for Windsor to redeem themselves for two early losses to the OUA West division foes.
“Our first game of the season was against Guelph so it was a lot of our first OUA games,” said Stephens. “We are a completely different team. We have improved so much and I don’t think the rest of the league knows what is coming because they haven’t seen us hit our potential yet.”
Windsor home matches over the upcoming weekend will yield very little rest between for the Lancers, as they will battle against Guelph Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. while their match the next day against Brock kicks off at 1 p.m.