Lancers roll to 3-0 victory over Badgers Men’s Soccer

On Sept. 9, the Brock University Men’s Soccer team fell to the University of Windsor Lancers at home, dropping their second match of the season 3-0.
Shots on target were few and far between as the Badgers and Lancers combined for 11 shots (Brock – 5, Windsor – 6), with only four occurring in the first half. Missed shots played a factor in the low count, as did defense and midfield play. The only notation on the score sheet in the first half was a yellow card issued to sophomore defender Dan Girdler (Toronto, Ont.) following a tackle.
Brock managed some solid chances but could not seem to solve Windsor Goalkeeper Dejo Olabegi (Windsor, Ont.) with the few opportunities that presented themselves. With the sport of Soccer, the quality of a team’s possessions often dictates their success or failure. The metaphorical cracks could be seen in Brock’s choppy passing, weakening the build-up of their attacks.
The passing was influenced by sometimes overly aggressive possession play, whereby Brock players too often opted to try to beat their defender one-on-one. When unsuccessful, it would cause a turnover, a rushed pass or result in dumping the ball into Windsor’s defensive zone.
At the 10:00 mark of the second half, the Lancers’ Mike Pio (Windsor, Ont.) would be served with a yellow card, but would make up for it by breaking the goose egg just minutes later. In the 17th minute of the half, Pio would get to a turnover after a long boot by Olabegi to put away his second goal of the season past an outstretched Jake Sweetzer (Mississauga, Ont.) into the bottom left corner.
Shortly after, the Lancers’ Adam Jameson (Liverpool, UK) was booked with a yellow card following a protest of a foul called against Windsor. Jameson slammed the ball to the ground in his reaction, prompting the booking.
Windsor doubled their lead in the 27th minute of the half, with midfielder Massimo Megna (Calgary, Alta.) grabbing the tally. A 50/50 ball was partially blocked by Sweetzer as he dove and tried to hold on while knocking into a Windsor player. The ball squeezed past Sweetzer as Megna deposited his first goal of the season.
The nail in the coffin would come with 10 minutes left to play with a goal to the lower right corner by David Salinitri (Windsor, Ont.). Windsor’s passing and ability to get to second touches, along with Olabegi’s strong goaltending made the difference.
“It was a disappointing loss,” said Head Coach Bill Millar. “We did create enough chances to get in front. Had we been in front, it’s a totally different game but we gave away that first goal and it put us on our heels. I think we lost a bit of confidence after that.”
Millar plans to continue to stress the possession game as the team prepares for its next game on the road at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
“I think we’re a far better team than [we showed],” said Millar.
Following the road trip to Oshawa, Brock will host the York Lions and McMaster Marauders Sept. 15 and Sept. 21 respectively. Both games will take place at 3:15 p.m. at the nearest field behind Village Residence.

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