By Fraser Caldwell
Possession and build up play could be seen in abundance Wednesday, as the Marauders consistently journeyed into the Warriors end of the pitch at Ron Joyce Stadium.
But it was a decisive touch from striker Lindsay Bosveld that crucially turned that dominance into a mark on the score sheet, and ultimately won the home side three important points with the OUA regular season winding to an end.
McMaster improved to 6-4-1 and notched its third consecutive victory with Wednesday’s win, and pulled into a tie with the York Lions for third in the OUA West standings with 19 points.
Consistently on the front foot, the Marauders took a total of 20 shots and directed nine on the Warriors goal, with Waterloo keeper Morgan Berg making eight saves in a losing effort.
With just one save to make, Julianna Hifawi had a quiet day between the sticks for the Marauders en route to her third clean sheet in her past four starts.
After getting the better of play in the first half without breaking the deadlock, the home side ratcheted up the pressure in the second and was rarely called into action in its own defensive half.
Instead, the Marauders increasingly held the Warriors under siege and were eventually rewarded for their efforts with the breakthrough 15 minutes from the final whistle.
Switching the ball to the left, Mac found the space to carve out a high cross that eluded Waterloo’s first defender in the box and fell to winger Ally Riganelli, who alertly squared for Bosveld and watched as the striker slotted home for 1-0.
That proved to be the one incisive moment that the hosts needed to carry the result on the night, and McMaster convincingly saw out the win to further its hopes of hosting a home playoff at Ron Joyce Stadium.
NEXT UP: McMaster heads on the road Friday for a trip to Windsor, where the Marauders will pay a visit to the Lancers and conclude the teams’ season series. Mac won the first meeting handily on the opening day of the 2019 season, dispatching Windsor 5-1 at Ron Joyce Stadium.
That match will get underway at 6:00 p.m. at Windsor’s Alumni Field.