With the 2019 season officially at the halfway point, the Badgers currently sit at 3-2-2, good for fifth in the OUA West. They picked up a huge win against fourth-place Western, blanking the Mustangs 1-0 on Saturday. Jared Agyemang continued his career-best season, scoring the game-winner and accounting for seven of the Badgers’ nine shots. Brock was outshot 14-9, yet goalkeeper Alex May stood on his head for the shutout, recording six saves on the night.
The Badgers then travelled to Windsor to take on the Lancers on Sunday, but ultimately fell by a score of 3-2. The Lancers improved to 4-2-2 and moved up into third place in the division. Agyemang scored both of the Badgers goals — he actually scored every Badger goal this weekend — to move him into first place in the OUA scoring race. Agyemang’s seven goals are two more than the next highest scorer and he has recorded a goal in six of the Badgers’ seven games this season. He has already surpassed his five goals from a season ago and still has another half of the year to play.
The Badgers started off slow, allowing two goals in the games’ first 11 minutes, making an already tough road game even harder early on. They were able to tie things up at two heading into halftime, but a Windsor goal late in the second half sealed the Badgers’ fate.
The Badgers had it tough Saturday night, as the eighth-best team in the country, the Western Mustangs, looked to remain undefeated. Coming into this game, the Mustangs hadn’t allowed a goal all season long and extended their streak by blanking the Badgers 1-0. They improved to 6-0-1 and firmly remain in first place in the OUA (Western extended that streak during their Sunday matchup, winning 2-0 and now sit at 7-0-1). Brock managed just four shots compared to Western’s 15. Although Marilena Spagnolo stopped 10 more shots, the Badgers were unable to defeat the best team in Ontario.
The Badgers didn’t come up entirely empty handed, as they were able to defeat the Lancers 2-1 on Sunday for their second win of the season. Melanie Schouten and Arnelle Douglas each scored their respective firsts of the season, while Adrianna Belfer-Marin picked up an assist. Spagnolo stopped another pair of shots to increase her total to 46 on the season, the second most in the OUA.
As of now the Badgers sit at 2-2-3, and currently occupy the sixth and final playoff spot in the OUA West. They have a comfortable seven-point cushion over seventh place Laurier, so it is unlikely that Brock will fall out of the race, although home-field advantage may be wishful thinking. The Badgers, Lions and Marauders are all tied in the standings, so at the very least the Badgers could break the tie to avoid a first round matchup with Western. Considering they haven’t given up a goal all season, the generally offensively challenged Badgers would be matched up poorly with the Mustangs. A first round matchup with, say, Waterloo? Anything could happen.
Both the men’s and women’s team will travel to Sault Ste. Marie this weekend to play a doubleheader against the last place Algoma Thunderbirds.