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Brock’s men’s soccer team picked up their first win of the season this past weekend, defeating the Windsor Lancers under the bright lights of Alumni Field on Friday night. Senior midfielder Alejandro Puentes got the scoring going on a penalty kick conversion in the 13th minute. 

Later in the game, Puentes was involved in the action again, with an assist on a deflected ball which found the back of Windsor’s net. The goal was granted to Marc Iantomasi. 

Striker Michael Solomon picked up where he left off following his strong performance last weekend, and kept the pressure on Windsor by registering seven shots throughout the contest. As a team, the Badgers outshot the Lancers 15-6. Brock’s defense was what propelled them to the 2-0 shutout win. In addition to limiting Windsor to less than half their own shot output, Brock’s goalkeeper Alex May also made seven saves in the net, and has only allowed three goals in the first four games of the season. 

The Badgers travelled west to take on the Lancers in the second game of the weekend set on Sunday, and fought hard to the tune of a narrow 1-0 loss to the Lancers. Windsor netted in the contest’s lone goal in the 63rd minute. Windsor, desperate for their first win of the season, played their starters heavy minutes, with seven of their starting eleven seeing over 80 minutes of action. 

Despite Brock outshooting Windsor once again (13-8), they were not able to capitalize on their chance. The Badgers also found themselves in a physical match, with a combined 20 fouls between the two teams. This came as no surprise to assistant coach John Di Pasquale, who anticipated an intense couple of games between the two teams.

“We knocked them out of the OUA playoffs in 2019, so you can anticipate them to come out hungry for a win against our men’s team,” said Di Pasquale before the games. 

Zooming out to take a look at the OUA West standings after the season’s second week, Brock finds themselves in a three-way tie for third place with Western and Windsor. Each of the teams holds a 1-2-1 record and has picked up four points thus far. Guelph sits atop the table with 10 points and an undefeated 3-0-1 record after a weekend sweep of the Mustangs. Waterloo and Laurier did not play this weekend, but will take on Guelph and Brock respectively this week. 

The Badgers’ next action will be at Alumni Field on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. against the Laurier Golden Hawks, before heading to Waterloo for a matchup against the same club on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.