By Anthony Crozzoli
In what would be a split weekend for the Laurentian men’s soccer squad, the Voyageurs took a loss on Saturday against Queen’s Gaels, ending with a score of 4-0, but emerged victorious in their final game of the weekend against RMC, managing a 3-0 win.
Saturday’s Oct. 4 game against the Queen’s Golden Gaels was a very challenging affair for the Voyageurs.
The first half was hotly contested, with both teams vying for the first goal of the game, unsuccessfully.
In the second half, straight out of the gates, Queen’s began their scoring frenzy, starting with Jacob Schroeter who scored two goals respectively, followed by Andrew Martin and finally Patrick van Belleghem.
With a tough 4-0 loss to second ranked Queen’s heading into Sunday’s Oct. 5 game, the Voyageur’s needed a win to set the momentum straight.
Luckily, Laurentian took a commanding 3-0 win over the RMC Paladins at Lilly Creek. Team member #16, Joel Levac, scored LU’s first goal late in the first half, following a tense first half.
The Voyageurs kept coming though with goals by #13 Liam Ezzard early in the second half, and #14 Dean Pizolinas towards the end of the game.
Penalties included both Daniel Cruz of RMC, and LU’s Matthew Wilkes: after a physical disagreement following a nasty play, both received Yellow cards.
Once again the men’s Voyageurs took back their steam and head towards another tough set off games on the road against UOIT and Trent University.
This season has seen its highs in lows, and it’s a feeling shared by the team and its staff.
“We needed the three points, we got the three points, but we still aren’t playing our best soccer,” said coach Carlo Castrechino. “We need to play great soccer for the full 90 minutes, and the story of our season is we just haven’t, we are like Jekyll and Hyde.”