The men’s and women’s soccer teams both played their final games of the season, and both of them were still in the playoff hunt at the start of the weekend. The men took on the McMaster Marauders in Hamilton, where they needed to pick up a win to remain in the playoff race.
Things didn’t start off as planned however, as McMaster’s Dusan Kovacevic found the net in the 33rd minute. At the end of the first half, the men found themselves down 1-0 while only managing one shot on net.
The second half was more of the same, as Pat Wilkon would put the Marauders up 2-0 in the 56th minute. McMaster would seal the 2-0 win, eliminating the Badgers from the playoffs.
In their final game of the season, the men took on the Laurier Golden Hawks at home. Once again, the Badgers found themselves down early. Michael Warden scored the game’s first goal for the Golden Hawks in the 19th minute. The only other goal came in the 68th minute, and unfortunately for the Badgers, was once again for the opposing team as Gurjinder Garcha made it 2-0. Brock once again lost 2-0, finishing off their season.
The Badgers finished the season with two wins, 10 losses and four draws giving them a total of 10 points. This put them in eighth place in their division, with only the top six teams making the playoffs. Nathan Briglio led the Badgers with four goals
on the season.
The women were in the same position as the men, with two games remaining on their schedule, a loss would eliminate them from the playoffs. Taking on the Marauders, the Badgers found themselves down 1-0 in the 16th minute after an unfortunate play resulted in an own goal.
The second half was all McMaster however, as they added goals in the 61st, 76th and 80th minutes. The goals were scored by Hannah Chau-Stacey, Emma Czernuszka and Taylor Lambert respectively. The game would end in a devastating 4-0 loss for the Badgers, eliminating from the playoffs after a promising start to the season.
Their last game of the season was against the Laurier Golden Hawks. The game remained scoreless for most of the match, however the Badgers ended their scoring drought when Brooke Boekestyn found the back of the net in the 70th minute. Just before the final whistle was blown, Brock’s Stephanie Sanders added her second career OUA goal to give Brock the 2-0 victory.
The Badgers finished the season with 16 points (5-10-1) placing them just outside of the playoffs, in seventh place. The game against the Marauders could have turned their season around if they had pulled out the victory, as they would’ve eliminated the Golden Hawks with their Sunday win and made the playoffs themselves. For the season, Boekestyn, Megan Salisbury and Melanie Schouten led the team with four goals each. Boekestyn and Salisbury also added two assists each.