Men’s soccer wins two

The Golden Hawks’ men’s soccer
team played two games against the
Waterloo Warriors this past weekend,
but it seemed as though they
only really played one.

Identical 2-0 victories with goals
by Spencer Cawker and Alex Doma
in both games put the Hawks ahead
of their cross-town rivals in the
2009 season.

The wins continue a streak of
strong play for the Hawks, which
saw them tie the reigning national
champion York Lions and the second
place Windsor Lancers last
weekend.

According to head coach Mario
Halapir, the recent results can be
attributed to a stronger mental game
by the Hawks.

“The last four games we’ve played
great, it’s all mental, it’s all the mental
aspects of the game,” said Halapir.
“We know where we are as far as
our abilities go and it’s not how you
start [the game], it’s how you finish.”

In game one of the home-andhome
series, the Hawks defence allowed
just a single shot in the game,
the lowest total in two seasons for
Laurier.

The Hawks went ahead when a
cross into the box early in the second
half was headed back by firstyear
Brendan Kohler and tipped into
the Warrior net by Cawker to put the
Hawks ahead.

The Warriors gave their best effort
to pressure Laurier through the
remainder of the second half, but
failed to generate a single scoring
opportunity on first-year goalkeeper
Jarret Humphreys.

However, in injury time a longrange
shot bent towards the top corner
of the net, and Humphreys had
to make a game-saving stop with
outstretched fingertips.

Halapir was quick to praise his
first-year keeper. “For many years to
come he’s going to be great … we’re
lucky,” he said.

Moments after the Waterloo
chance, however, Doma curved a
free-kick from the side of the 18-
yard box into the far top corner to
ensure a victory for the purple and
gold.

The team lost 2-0 to the York Lions
on Wednesday and play the
Guelph Gryphons in a crucial game
this Sunday.

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