Women’s soccer continues to struggle, while men’s rugby bounces back

ANDREW MELOFF

The women’s soccer team kicked off the action at Brock University against nationally-ranked York University. Brock got on the board early in the 11th minute courtesy of a 15-yard strike from Brooke Boekestyn, but the game went downhill from there as the Badgers gave up 4 unanswered to the Lions.

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The Badgers kept it close at 2-1 for most of the game but eventually fell to the Lions 4-1. Despite the Badgers’ efforts, it was clear that York was in control the entire game. York excelled at taking away passing lanes as the Badgers turned the ball over countless times.

Freshman goalkeeper Megan Buckingham was a bright spot in the loss, stopping 7 of the 11 shots against. Most of the shots against were extremely tough and the Badgers have to be thankful for Buckingham’s strong performance because this game could’ve been a lot worse if not for the keeper. McMaster comes to Brock on Oct. 1 as the Badgers look to rebound following the loss.

In other action, the Brock men’s rugby team took on the Laurier Goldenhawks with the Badgers winning 29-8. The game started off with both teams having trouble keeping a possession alive as the big men up front did most of the work. Brock started slow as the Goldenhawks looked to have the advantage early on but Brock had 2 clutch defensive stands with their heels on their goal line.

Brock took the lead following a kick that was set up by an unsportsmanlike penalty by Laurier. The Badgers never looked back from their 2-0 lead.

#15 had a huge game, when he was given open space he made Laurier pay setting up Brock’s first try on a 35 yard run up the middle followed by a strong ruck that pushed a crowd into the try zone putting the Badgers up 7-0.

At half, Brock substituted a bigger front line that tired Laurier out. The play of the game was a quick kick by #22 while under pressure as #15 ran down the ball and stole it from Laurier’s wing running it home for a try. It was something you’d have to see to truly appreciate the play. Brock dominated for most of the game putting the game on ice with five minutes remaining via a forced turnover by #18 taking it 60 yards to score the try.

The men’s rugby team will face McMaster on Oct. 4 as the Badgers look to continue climbing up the OUA standings.

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