The Badgers were in for some tough competition last weekend, as they had a back-to-back against a pair of nationally ranked teams. Brock played host to the eighth best team in the country on Saturday, and upset McMaster by a score of 4-2. Senior striker Jared Agyemang continued his hot start, extending his goal streak to four games to move him into a tie for second in the OUA.
“He’s one of the veterans of the team, he’s got great experience and he’s a striker, striker’s score goals and that’s what he does,” said head coach Lucio Ianiero when speaking of Agyemang. “He’s a leader on the field, and has got a nose for goals, just an instinct that you hope the recruits you bring in have. We look for him to continue his leadership and pop a couple more goals in.”
Josh Paterson opened the scoring just eight minutes into the game before the Marauders tied it up at one heading into halftime. The Badgers offence exploded in the second half, with Agyemang, Jordan Smalling and rookie striker Sebastian Agudo all tacking on goals.
Sunday night saw the Badgers face off against the reigning OUA Champions, the York Lions, who currently sit as the fourth best team in the country. The Badgers ultimately lost their first game of the season, dropping this one 3-0. The Badgers were held to just two shots on goal against the Lions, compared to the nine they fired against Mac.
“We need to compete against the top three or four teams,” said Ianiero. “That’s usually McMaster, Guelph, York and Western, so if we can get points off of those top four teams it improves our chances of making the playoffs.”
Brock has recorded four points off of those top four teams so far, although they haven’t played Western as of yet. A win against McMaster, a tie against Guelph and a loss against York isn’t outstanding by any means; if the Badgers wish to gain home-field advantage come playoff time, they’ll either have to take care of business against the poorer teams, or step it up and steal some off of the big boys.
The Badgers have a great opportunity to make a run in the postseason, and with the offence seemingly coming together, Ianiero’s team is finally taking shape.
The Badgers’ streak of tough games will continue next weekend, where they’ll play a third place Mustangs team and a fifth place Lancers team that is currently sandwiching Brock in the standings. They’ll have a great opportunity to pick up a pair of wins afterwards however, with a back-to-back against an Algoma team that is 0-20-1 in their last 21 games.