Men and women’s soccer off to a slow start

Four games into the 2015 soccer season, the Brock Badgers continue to head down a losing path. The past few seasons have not been kind for the men and women’s teams. They’ve struggled to win games and have had a difficult time putting together a strong offense and defence.

Brock’s teams began the season against Western University, whose teams finished fourth (men) last season and first (women) in the west division.

Brock’s men team won their game against Western 1-0, matching their win total over the past three seasons, the men have only won a single game in each of the last three seasons. Arsen Platis scored the lone goal on a penalty kick at the 64th minute. It was the best start to the season the Badgers could have asked for.

For the women, the narrative was not the same. Badgers Brooke IMG_8062Boekestyn opened the scoring, but the Mustangs took charge afterwards winning 5-1. Their first goal coming four minutes after the Badgers did. It was only a 2-1 lead at half, but Western scored three in the second half.

Unfortunately, it didn’t get any better for the women and the men only followed down the same path. The men dropped a 3-0 game to Windsor University while the women lost to the same school 2-0. The shutout proved that both teams are still trying to find their scoring touch, having only a total of two over the first two games.

Over the first four games the women scored a total of two goals and the men were blanked after their lone goal versus Western.

Heading into the second weekend, which was played away from Brock, the women fell 7-1 to York University and 1-0 to McMaster University. The women have been outscored 15-2 to begin the season, leaving themselves with not many positives to look at, but still a lot of hope for the rest of the upcoming season.

The men also lost to both York and McMaster. The final scores being 2-0 in both games. Brock was in a tight game with McMaster till late in the match when the Hamilton school scored two late goals. Badgers are now being outscored 7-0 in their last three games.

It clearly will take some time for both Badger teams to find the success that’s been missing. If there are any positives to take away, it’s the games in which the Badgers have kept it close. A 1-0 or 2-0 defeat is something that can be overcome. Brock will get some luck on their side offensively like the other teams have. At some point, the two teams have to catch a break.

Next weekend, the two Badger teams will travel to Guelph on Saturday with the women’s game beginning at 1:00pm and the men at 3:00pm. Then on the Sunday, the teams will get their chance to get revenge on.

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