by Brett Hedges
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Windsor Lancers women’s soccer team went home with a well-earned point after a 0-0 draw with the Western Mustangs but they were not happy about it.
A five save performance from Lancers junior goalkeeper Krystin Lawrence kept the Mustangs off the score-sheet but a lack of offense saw Keely Baggio register the only shot on goal for Windsor in a scoreless contest at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London, Aug. 31.
“As defensive as we were, our attacking threats didn’t shine,” Lancers head coach Steve Hart said. “We have great attacking threats but we didn’t utilize them and that’s frustrating. Krystin had a commanding performance, she really took care of the six-yard box. Every free kick or corner kick she timed it impeccably. She’s a strong goalkeeper and she was going right through people to get to the ball. Our goal was never threatened.”
Lancers captain Giulia Barile gave a lot of credit to her goalkeeper for keeping the game scoreless and is pleased with the results so far in the regular season but realizes what kind of potential the team has.
“There is still room for improvement as well which is the exciting thing,” Barile said. “Playing on the road against a very good Western team, it is great for us to pick up a point. Krystin was definitely our best player last night. She was in control of everything in her box and really guided the defense to a strong game.”
Hart said Windsor played very well for a relatively young team against a seasoned, veteran Western team but suffered from fatigue in their third match in five days to kick off the OUA soccer regular season.
“Only six or seven of our veterans know what is like to play this consistently at this pace and they are fine but our rookies are dying, they can’t keep up with this pace yet,” Hart said. “There were no rookies on Western’s team … we left playing an experienced team with a point and I’m disappointed but that says a lot about the program, we’re doing very well. We had our chances to win but we didn’t utilize what we practiced. There were a tonne of positives to take from it but I tend to focus on what we’ve worked on and I’d like to see it come out in a game.
The 1-0-2 Lancers will now get a 10 day break for Labour Day weekend and the beginning of classes but will resume play on the road against the Algoma Thunderbirds in Sault Ste. Marie.
“It’s good that we have some time to recover a little bit,” Barile said. “We are definitely looking to get those six points but it is also a chance to try different things and improve as a team.”
Windsor will stay for a pair of contests on consecutive days, Sept. 10 and 11th. Match times are 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Tune into OUA.tv for live-stream availability.