Traditional rivals in the OUA West, the McMaster Marauders and Western Mustangs produced another dramatic match Friday, as the visiting Marauders did just enough to keep their spotless record intact.
Goals from rookie defender Cheikh Tchouambou and third-year winger Antonio Sereno helped McMaster withstand a late barrage from Western and ultimately come out with a 2-1 decision to move to 3-0 on the young season.
A typically chippy encounter between the two sides resulted in nine cards, including the 90th-minute ejection of Western goalkeeper Kody Thomson.
Second-year goalkeeper Tristan Joyce was made to work for his victory on the afternoon, making five saves to preserve his third win of the year.
Tchouambou’s 25th-minute strike was his first goal as a Marauder, and gave his team a lead they successfully defended until Sereno crucially added a second 10 minutes from the final whistle.
That insurance marker proved useful, as Anthony Chrysanthou got the home side on the score sheet in the 86th minute, and set off a frantic race on the part of the Mustangs to secure an equalizer.
Their search proved fruitless, however, and the Marauders claimed the full three points from one of the toughest road trips of their season.
Next up McMaster completes the southwestern swing with a visit to Windsor and the Lancers Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for 3:15 p.m.
Source: Fraser Caldwell