by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Lancer women’s soccer team closed out the regular season with a 1-0 loss to the seventh-ranked Western Mustangs at Alumni Field.
Windsor finished the season with a 6-9-1 record to finish fifth overall in the OUA West division while the Mustangs conclude the year with an 11-2-3 record to place second overall in the division.
Head coach Steve Hart gave his young squad a lot of credit for their level of play late in the season, especially against high quality opponents.
“I just love the way the girls are playing right now, we just need to find a goal scorer,” Hart said. “Western is ranked seventh in the country and I may be biased but I think we outplayed them today. All we need to be able to do is score. We know we are better than Western and anybody else, we just need to convince the girls and have them believe in themselves.”
In the season finale against the Mustangs, a scoreless first half set the stage for Amanda Boyle to score the game’s lone goal in the 65th minute to give Western the lead and the eventual win despite a relentless effort from the Lancers on their home turf.
Lancers goalkeeper Krystin Lawrence made six saves in net for the home team while Tori Edgar stopped all five shots sent in her direction for the Mustangs to earn the shutout.
Despite the shutout loss, Lawrence was confident in her team’s ability to compete against nationally ranked opponents this season.
“I thought we dominated against Western,” Lawrence said. “There were a couple of bounces [that went against us] and we should have shot the ball more. We just got unlucky on their goal but we need to work hard, do our best and be positive on the field. We’ve played well against teams who are nationally ranked but we can’t let that get to our heads. We just need to play our game and go out there and do our thing.”
Lawrence said the women will work hard at practice to do the simple things to put them in a position to win in the playoffs. Last season, the Lancers hosted a playoff game against the Guelph Gryphons but fell 2-1 in penalty kicks. This time around, the Lancers will look to stay alive in the post season in the first round of the OUA playoffs when they travel to Hamilton for a mid-week contest against the McMaster Marauders, Oct. 28.
“In every game we have a high chance of winning. There is not one game where we go in thinking we are going to lose,” said Lawrence. “We just need to take things one game at a time and hope for the best. We just need to shoot more. We are not getting enough shots on net, hitting the net and crashing the net on rebounds. Our effort will take us the rest of the way. It’s whoever wants it more so we’ll see if we can get some luck on our side … hopefully we come out on top and go on a long playoff run.”