Western Stretches Waterloo Defense, Only Gains 0-0 Draw
The Western Women’s Soccer team had several chances to break the deadlock near the end of yesterday’s home game against the Waterloo Warriors, but bad bounces of the ball and some questionable calls sent the Mustangs away with only a 0-0 draw. It was Western’s fourth consecutive clean sheet, but the women came off the field wondering how victory slipped through their fingers. The first half primarily took place in Waterloo territory, but scoring opportunities were few and far between for the Purple and White. The Mustangs won two corners and managed five shots on goal, but nothing truly tested Warrior netminder, Morgan Berg. Her Western counterpart Megan Girardi barely saw any of her opposition, with the Sault-Ste Marie native only required to make two saves.
The last 45 saw both teams step up their game, as Waterloo broke through deep into the Mustang half on several occasions, while the home side drastically raised their quality shots on goal to nine (fifteen in total for the second frame). Midfield became the scene of many skirmishes, yet seemingly blatant fouls received little more than a slap on the wrist and a spot kick. Julia Crnjac was everywhere for Western, tackling with precision, feeding passes, and getting herself into scoring position. Her teammates were no slouches either, but the 5th year senior was in particular top form. The Warriors run of play was mainly limited to tackling and picking off passes around midfield, seeming content to go for the tie. The final third turned into a furious drive to seize a win for the Mustangs. From the 74th to the 85th minute, Western managed four shots on goal (by Angelica Galluzo, Sophie Weaver, Maddy Johnston, and Jess Vieira) each one knocked away spectacularly by Berg. In the final 60 seconds, Crnjac gave the Purple and White their best chance of the game. Her well delivered corner kick resulted in shots by Galluzo and Katrina Giantsopoulos in quick succession, with the Waterloo goalie stymieing them both.
Western will have a week off before they get another crack at the Warriors, traveling to Waterloo on Saturday. The next night the Mustangs take on Wilfred Laurier at home.