Oakville, Ont – The Bruins Women's Soccer team has shown they are here to compete, every game, no matter the opponent on the field. They are currently sitting at a 5-2-1 record for the season with one game remaining, against the University of Toronto-Mississauga Eagles to close out the regular season.
Just a week ago the lady Bruins were on the road taking on one of the Bruins biggest rivals, the Humber Hawks (6-1-1). With the Bruins on a 4-game winning streak, they knew it was going to be a battle heading into this game and to keep the streak alive. Unfortunately, the game did not go as they hoped, losing 3-2 to the Hawks. Humber opened the scoring in the first half and continued to fire shots at the Bruins goalie, Savanna Wood, who kept the game to a 1-0 lead at the end of the first. The Bruins offense were slow to start, being outshot by the Hawks 9-4 at the end of the first half.
Victoria Rodrigues brought the game to a tie by getting a rebound in front of the Humber goalie. The intensity of the game grew as we were back to even score, unfortunately not for long, as the Hawks took the lead 2-1. The Bruins responded with only 4 minutes left in the game and tied it up again 2-2, with a goal from Catherine (Cathy) Cavero. In the 93rd minute, the Hawks took the win with a corner kick play that the Bruins could not defend. The Bruins intensity and determination was all left on the field that game.
Just a couple days later, the Women were back in action at home, hosting the Niagara Knights for an afternoon game. The Bruins were ready to go this game as Cathy Cavero took the lead very early on for the Bruins, in the first minute of the game. Not too long after, the Knights tied up the score, on a penalty kick, but the Bruins knew that they needed to respond early to continue to push the pace for this game. The Bruins took the lead before the end of the first half with a goal from Celina Barnard. The second half was a hard-fought battle between both squads, and the Bruins defense held the line tight to keep the Knight's offside. Offensively, the lady Bruins were first to the ball, communicating with their teammates and keeping the pressure on the Knights defense. In the 90th minute of regulation, the Knights netted a goal on the Bruins to tie it up. Neither team was able to put in another goal in extra time, resulting in a 2-2 tie. "We had a strong start to the game" said Assistant Coach Nadeka Boothe, "We had flashes of playing to our potential, but overall didn't consistently demonstrate the effort required to leave with 3 points."
Closing out the home game season, the Bruins hosted the Mohawk Mountaineers (5-3) yesterday afternoon. The Mountaineers, coming off a 2-game winning streak, looking to make it 3 against the Bruins came out on fire, scoring within the first minute of the game to take the 1-0 lead. After the setback, the Bruins had to turn the game around, and they did keep the pace up offensively, totaling 8 shots in the first half; unfortunately, none were able to get past the Mountaineer goalie. Head Coach Paul Angelini gave the lady Bruins an inspirational talk between halves to get them ready to compete in the second half and take this game back. The Bruins responded positively, and snuck 3 goals past the Mountaineers goaltender; by Connie Drennan, Catherine (Cathy) Cavero and Victoria Rodrigues. The Bruins were able to hold the lead for the remainder of the game, adding another W to the record.
The Bruins will finish out their regular season play on the road on October 15th against U of T Mississauga Eagles. Keep up the good play Bruins!