Sadly, Brock men’s soccer team had their dreams of making the playoffs this season come to a bitter end as they tied against the Waterloo Warriors, which washed away their chances of qualifying for the post-season.
The Badgers didn’t see much action until the twenty-first minute in which Nathan Mrakuzic put down for a goal after a scramble in front of the Waterloo net.
It was not much time at all until the Warriors answered back. Only a minute later the Warriors were issued a free kick from approximately 20 yards and the Warriors Yusuf Khaled was able to make good contact sliding the wet ball under the hands of Brock’s goalkeeper, Matt Zaikos.
Although there were only three yellow cards handed out during the opening half, the second half was a physical soccer game to be attending. As the pressure mounted in the second half, the two teams got pretty physical, which lead to an additional ten more cards, including four red cards in the seventieth minute.
The Badgers focused on putting pressure up front in order to get the win but they found that Waterloo goalkeeper, Adam Weller was too tough of an issue as he made two key saves in the final 20 minutes.
The Badgers finished their season off with a victory against Laurier this past Sunday with a score of 1-0, although they came just short of making it into the post-season after Saturday’s loss.
Like the men’s team, the women’s soccer team also ended their season after two consecutive losses from Waterloo and Laurier this past weekend.
The Warriors opened the scoring within the twenty-first minute as Waterloo’s Kaitlyn Unger was able to score her fourth goal of the season on Brock’s starting goalkeeper, Lauren MacCulloch.
To bring Brock’s hopes back alive, rookie Laura Kirk was able to tie up the game in the seventy-second minute giving herself her third goal of the season.
In efforts to get the win, Brock increased the pressure on the Warriors for the remainder of the game but failed to get a strong offensive momentum. To add to their loss, Waterloo’s Paula Rau was able to score the game-winning goal with only 5 minutes reaming. During their final game of the season, the Badgers put in all their efforts to come out with the win but were unsuccessful.
Laurier started off strong as Nicole Lyon scored her thirteenth goal of the season within the fourth minute of the game.
As the Badgers fought to tie the game up, they utilized the team’s assets as Megan Salisbury used her speed and broke through the Laurier defense and was able to get one past the Laurier goalkeeper, Stacey Simmons.
The Badgers continued to play strong as they took the lead when Alana Wong was able to score her fourth goal of the season in the twenty-seventh minute making it 2-1.
Sadly the Golden Hawks had the majority of the possession during the second half in which Laurier player, Katie Bishop was able to score back-to-back goals within minutes of each other giving Laurier a 3-2 lead. Late in the game, Abbey Zamec was able to score for Laurier giving herself her fifth goal of the season and Laurier the win.
The men finish the season with a 4-9-3 record, which was good enough for seventh place in the OUA west division. They missed the playoffs by a point as Laurier topped them for the final playoff spot. The women finished 4-11-1, which was eighth best in their division, but they missed the playoffs by five points. Both teams did, however improve on last year’s season, and the team is confident that they’ll continue to improve for next year.
Assistant Sports Editor