The Lance – Sports Editor
Despite three strong showings in the opening week of the OUA regular season, the Windsor Lancers men’s soccer team only have one point in the standings to their credit.
A 2-0 loss to the Western Mustangs at Mustang Field in London Aug. 31 came on the heels of a 1-1 draw with Brock and 1-0 loss to McMaster at Alumni Field last weekend. Lancers head coach Steve Hart said his team dominated the Mustangs throughout portions of the game but a few bad breaks cost Windsor once again.
“They deserved a lot more than what they got tonight,” Hart said. “I’m pleased with what I am seeing but I am not pleased with the fact we’re not getting that edge, the little bit of luck that we’re deserved. I’ve got players I need on the field for 90 minutes and they’re only able to put in 45 because of the pace of the game but the season is a long season and these guys will get up to speed by the time playoffs come.”
Braedan Gee scored in the 33rd minute to put Western up 1-0 but momentum shifted towards Windsor after halftime. The Lancers made a significant push in the second half and dominated possession but could not beat Mustangs keeper Ben Cowman. Western forward Parker Seymour scored in the 87th minute to put salt in the wound and halt Windsor’s comeback effort.
“They scored their second goal with four or five minutes to go and that took the wind out of our sails,” Hart said. “We were pounding them for 20-25 minutes before that where the ball didn’t cross over to our half. We threw everything but the kitchen sink at them. Shot after shot after shot – and then they caught us on the break.”
Lancers defender Marco Bernabo said Windsor’s offense needs to be more hungry to score if they are going to be successful.
“I thought we pushed hard in the second half to try and get a goal but it just wasn’t our night,” Bernabo said. “We have a lot of new faces and our leaders need to step up and get this squad turned in the right direction.”
The Lancers will now get a 10-day break before heading out to Sault Ste Marie for a weekend of back-to-back battles with the Algoma Thunderbirds, Sept. 10 and 11th.
“The bus rides are going to be a pain but it will be a much more relaxing ride home if we can come back with six points,” Bernabo said.
Game time is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. both afternoons. Check OUA.tv for live-stream availability.