Penalties Cost Men’s Soccer Points On Opening Weekend

Windsor Lancers forward Lyowuna Jumbo pushes the ball up the pitch during first half soccer action against the McMaster Marauders at Alumni Field Aug. 28. Despite a strong defensive showing in two matches this weekend, a pair of penalty kicks ultimately cost Windsor the result they desired. [Photo by// Brett Hedges]

by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor

The Windsor Lancers men’s soccer team could only squeeze out one point out of two matches against the Brock Badgers and McMaster Marauders at Alumni Field this past weekend.

Despite taking a 1-0 lead over the Badgers on a Jamar Redhead goal in the seventh minute of their match and leading for 82 minutes, Arsen Platis of Brock would converted a penalty kick in the closing moments of regulation to force a draw. The next afternoon saw the Marauders take a 1-0 lead on a penalty marker from Yunus Mollayeu in the 28th minute and hold off a late Lancers charge which just fell short. Windsor’s offense put four shots on goal including one off of the post in the 42nd minute but the home squad just couldn’t beat McMaster goalkeeper Kieran Doyle-Davis.

Head coach Steve Hart said for Windsor to give up a penalty after leading for such a long time over Brock and fail to secure a victory was heartbreaking.

“The game goes for 90 minutes and we lacked concentration,” Hart said. “There were a lot of positive things from these games but we had a mental lapse. We knew were we were in for a tough game but again – a penalty costs us. No one scores against us in open play, only when referees give penalties. It should have been 2-1 for us at halftime but we’re not being clinical enough in front of the goal. It’s disappointing how little we’re capitalizing on our chances because in this league you only get a few and you’ve got to take them.”

While Windsor could only muster one point from two matches, fourth year defender Marco Bernabo said there were a lot of positives for the Lancers to take into their upcoming matches against the Western Mustangs before a 10 day break.

“We lost on two penalties this past weekend and it’s a tough way to lose but no one has scored a goal on us because we’ve defended well,” Bernabo said. “We just need to bury our chances and we should be all set. We’re still trying to gel because we’ve got a lot of rookies and new faces in our lineup. We’re happy with everyone and where they are at we just need to focus on getting results now.”

The 0-1-1 Lancers now prepare for a mid-week road trip to London to battle the Mustangs at TD Waterhouse Stadium. Game time is 8:15 p.m.

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