Weekend Report – Algoma University Soccer
Saturday, September 28th – Brock (1) @ Algoma (0) – Women
The Algoma University Lady Thunderbirds returned home this weekend for a pair of home
games against the Brock Badgers in OUA soccer action. The ladies dropped their Saturday game by a score of 1-0 against a good Brock squad. A scoreless first half kept everything in the balance but, a defensive miscue/clearance led to a routine finish for the Badgers in the 55th minute. Brock was able to hold that lead until the end of 90 minutes.
Master Coach of the Women’s and Men’s Soccer Teams, Neil Ovey, heaped praise on his squad for their performance on Saturday. “I was very happy with the girls’ performance. It was as close of a game as you could have found and it could have gone either way”. Coach Neil’s statements rung true as all supporters at the stadium could have attested to on the day. In a game where both sides shared possession and generated chances, it was easily applauded by all at the park on Saturday afternoon. “We made one mistake which lead to their goal” said the boss. “Overall, it was a good performance and the girls should be proud”.
Saturday, September 28th – Brock (1) @ Algoma (1) – Men
The Algoma University Thunderbirds returned home this weekend for a pair of home games
against the Brock Badgers in OUA soccer action. On the back of an away loss last weekend in
Guelph, the men responded hugely to pick up a point against Brock on Saturday afternoon in a 1-1 draw. A blistering start for the Thunderbirds saw them generate chance after chance. The breakthrough came in the 19th minute when Algoma went up 1-0 after second year striker, Simon Bobok, headed one home. A quick response from the Badgers put the game back on level terms just 4 minutes later. That is how the game would stay and finish.
Master Coach of the Women’s and Men’s Soccer Teams, Neil Ovey, stated,
“We were really happy with the performance. That was by far the best performance of the season. Honestly, we walked away from that game feeling we deserved 3 points”. A game that was largely controlled by the Thunderbirds until the final 10 minutes allowed the men’s squad to see something that they’ve only experienced on one other occasion this year in league play — A game that was in their favour to win. A brilliant tactical display along with creativity from the young men’s squad had the Badgers on the back-foot for the majority of the match. “We kept our shape well and played to the game plan. If we only would have had a little bit more luck in the final third of the pitch, I feel that we would be having a different conversation based on the result but, we will take the point. The guys did really well” said the boss.
Sunday, September 29th – Brock (2) @ Algoma (0) – Women
On Sunday afternoon, the Lady Thunderbirds played their second game of the weekend back-toback against the Brock Badgers at Superior Heights. After a really positive performance on
Saturday, the message from head coach, Neil Ovey in the pre-game chat was, “Can we reproduce the performance from Saturday while pushing for a little more? How consistent can we be?”. It was all looking brilliant for the opening 32 minutes of the match. 2 goals in the span of 3 minutes saw the Badgers up 2-0 by the 35th minute. “We had two bad minutes which lead to the goals” said Coach Ovey.
Aside from a two minute spell that would otherwise be wished to be forgotten, the Lady Thunderbirds did exactly what was asked of them — To reproduce the same performance from yesterday and add a little more. Unfortunately, with the chances the Thunderbirds generated, there was no real luck on the day to find the back of the goal. That being said, an intent to get forward and create was expressed by the Lady Thunderbirds which was much to the delight of the team and head coach, Neil Ovey. The theme that has unfortunately arose this season for the Thunderbirds is ‘basic errors’. Head Coach, Neil Ovey stated, “When we watch the film back this week, the girls will see where we could have won both games and were the mistakes we made costed us. It’s a good learning experience having such a young squad so, we’re collecting the positives out of this”. Whilst the results didn’t surface this weekend for the Thunderbirds, two quality performances is something they can ride into the final 5 games of the season.
“They [the girls] gave everything and overall this was our best two performances this season” said Coach Ovey. Next action for the Thunderbirds will be this upcoming weekend, October 5 & 6, in Hamilton, Ontario where the Thunderbirds will take on McMaster University. Games will kickoff on Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sunday at 12:00 pm at Ron Joyce Stadium. Both games will be live streamed on OUA TV.
Sunday, September 29th – Brock (7) @ Algoma (0) – Men
On Sunday afternoon, the Thunderbirds returned to the pitch on the back of a brilliant
performance from the day prior. A point against the Brock Badgers on Saturday afternoon left the men’s squad both confident but, depleted. Injuries were the tale of the tape for Sunday afternoon and it showed. A Thunderbird bench with only 2 substitutes left a tired squad to defend against what was a healthy Badgers team. With the score 3-0 by halftime, it became damage control for the Thunderbirds going into the second 45 minutes. Another 4 goals conceded in the second half all but spelt out the result, a crushing 7-0 defeat.
Head Coach, Neil Ovey stated, “In all honesty, this was one game too far this weekend. The lads put absolutely everything they had into Saturday and the result showed it. We picked up a few injuries which brought a squad of 17 players down to 13 players for our game on Sunday. Bottom line, with the injuries and our depleted squad, we could not replicate the performance”. A tough price to pay for such a positive Saturday afternoon. Now, at this point, it’s all about recovery for the Thunderbirds going into their final 5 games of the OUA season.
“It was a disappointing way to end weekend” said the boss. “They [the men] will have a rest this week and they will have sometime to recoup. We’ve got to get our injuries sorted. We’ll have a shorter prep week but, at this point, we need the recovery as opposed to putting the guys in overload during our training” added Coach Ovey. Next action for the Thunderbirds will be this upcoming weekend, October 5 & 6, in Hamilton, Ontario where the Thunderbirds will take on McMaster University. Games will kickoff on Saturday at 3:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Ron Joyce Stadium. Both games will be live streamed on OUA TV.