Less than 24 hours after a big win over division rival Queens the Excalibur were set to faceoff against CUFLA upstart program Ottawa U.
Ottawa would score first before Trent would answer with 3 of their own with markers 1 from Senior midfielder Brett Snell (Orangeville, ON) and 2 from freshmen Thomas Hoggarth (Selwyn, ON). Both teams struggled to get things going on the mudsoaked field at Gils O Julien Park, which The Gee Gees call home. Looseballs were constant struggles for both teams but the Gee Gees were able to capitalize with home field advantage in this mudbowl. Trent would exit the first quarter up by a score of 3-2.
The Gee Gees would explode in the second quarter for 4 goals and take a 6 – 4 lead into halftime. Trent’s offensive woes continued in the second quarter as they only managed to score 1 goal in the final 40 minutes. Field conditions were less than ideal but the coaching staff did not use that as an excuse.
“Both teams played on the same field. We simply did not show up to play today, we did not execute on offense, and Ottawa stuck to their gameplan, hats off to them. At this level if you do not bury your chances you will not win. The offensive output we had against Queens was nowhere to be found tonight and that is something our O guys have to sort out,” said Head Coach Geoff McKinley. “The defense again did their job holding another team to under 10, but penalties, and lack of focus in the offensive end seem to be our Achilles heal. We have to find some consistency.”
The loss moves Trent to a “frustrating” 3-7 on the season, and the win also moved Ottawa to the same record. Trent would have the tiebreak as they had a larger margin of victory in the first contest.
Trent travels to Montreal next weekend to take on 11-0 powerhouse McGill, who Trent took to overtime earlier in September; and will play 2pm Saturday at Molson Stadium. Then will play struggling 0-10 Concordia the following day.
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Article written by Darren Flannigan.