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HUSKIES SOCCER GO UNDEFEATED AGAINST EAGLES IN HOME OPENERS

Effie Takas (10) scored the opening goal in George Brown's 2-1 win over UTM on Wednesday night.
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After starting the 2017 outdoor season on the road, George Brown's varsity soccer teams played host to the UTM Eagles on Wednesday night in their home openers at Birchmount Stadium.

Following an uneven start to the year in Kitchener, the women’s team bounced back with a dominant second half against UTM, earning a 2-1 win to even their season record at 1-1.

While the opening 45 minutes were a back and forth affair, the Huskies controlled play from the halftime on. Effie Takas opened the scoring 12 minutes into the second half, with a wayward Eagles pass deflecting off the midfielder and into the net.

Jayde Forde answered for the Eagles in the 70th minute, re-directing a free kick from just outside the box. Having presented a constant threat to UTM’s defenders since subbing in, Huskies striker Kayla Rinaldis Marziliano put George Brown up for good in the 80th minute, scoring her second goal in as many games on a beautiful finish up the left side.

“We moved the ball well the whole game,” said centre-back Natalie Mangos. “We definitely played a lot better than we did on Saturday, and we still have room for improvement.”

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Despite controlling play for much of the night, the men’s team had to settle for one point in a 1-1 draw. Forward Filipe Vilela netted his second goal in as many games 41 minutes in, as the reigning Huskies men's athlete of the week continues to establish himself among Ontario’s best frontline players.

The Eagles responded midway through the second half, with Shawn Faizi threading the needle through a busy box to find the back of the net. Though George Brown turned up the pressure again late, they couldn't break the deadlock before the clock ran out.

"We played well defensively, but struggled passing the ball," said Ozzy Keles after the game. "We want to be champions and know that we can play much better than this. Give them credit, they have a good system and gave a good effort tonight."

Next up, the Huskies will visit Sheridan on Saturday, September 16. Women's kick-off at 12pm, men's at 2pm. 

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For the full 2017 men’s soccer schedule click here.

 

For the full 2017 women’s soccer schedule click here.