McMaster’s soccer teams returned to Ron Joyce Stadium on Sunday with both clubs looking for a return to the win column as they took on the Western Mustangs.

The women were up first and for the majority of the match it looked like neither team would be able to find the back of the net.

Western would outshoot the Marauders 4-3 in the opening half with Mac’s keeper Juliana Hifawi making a pair of saves. While both teams had opportunities in the first 45 minutes, neither had quality chances.

It would take until the 70th minute before the Mustangs broke the scoreless draw when Hannah Vickers scored, tapping in a Maddy Skinner pass.

McMaster pressed in the final minutes of the game but were not able to even the score prior to the final whistle, dropping their record to 2-2-0 and are in a tie for third in the OUA West with Algoma.

For the men it was a much different game. Not only was scoring in the game a little higher, it was a little more physical as well as six yellow cards were handed out and one Mustang sent off with a red card in the 70th minute.

In the opening half, McMaster put 12 shots in the scoresheet and were able to put a pair of goals on the board. The first came three minutes into the match captain Yordan Stoyanov headed home a pass from Robert Tamale.

The Marauders made it 2-0 ten minutes later when Stoyanov sprung an attack with a long ball to Christian Cossidente who got a cross to Dusan Kovacevic headed home his first of the game, which turned out to be the winner. They would hold onto the lead going into halftime.

Five minutes into the second half, Kareem El Menyawi ended the Marauders’ bid for a shutout and cut the lead to 2-1. However, Kovacevic would add goals in the 54th and 81st minutes to complete the comeback and give the home side a 4-1 victory.

Along with having a man advantage in the final 40 minutes of the match, they were able to take advantage of Western having to change their game plan who had three players go down injured during the match. That included ‘Stangs keeper Kody Thomson who sustained a thumb injury in the latter stages of the opening half.

With the win, McMaster moves to 2-1-1 on the season and move into a three-way tie for second in the OUA West division, along with Windsor and York. York holds a game in hand on both Mac and Windsor.

Both Marauders squads return to action on Saturday, September 14th when they face the Brock Badgers at Varsity Soccer Field in St. Catharines, Ontario. The women’s match starts at 1:00 PM with the men’s following shortly after the conclusion of the first game.