The Laurentian Voyageurs women's soccer team are clearly more competitive - and all also clearly scoring more - making for a very excited group of young women taking to the road for a second straight weekend of OUA action.
The team is coming off a split last weekend, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks on Saturday before blanking the Trent Excalibur 1-0 on Sunday, improving their record to 1-2-0.
After being held off the scoreboard in 10 of their 12 regular season games in 2022, the Voyageurs have now scored in each and every game this fall, enjoying yet another quick start in Oshawa as freshman Mary Whiffen drilled home her first U Sports goal in the 13th minute of play.
Ontario Tech would take control slighly past the halfway mark of the opening half as Aliya Sweeney and Tara Sisic scored roughly one minute apart, giving the Ridgebacks a 2-1 lead heading into the half.
The second strike of the game from Sisic (59th minute) would hand Laurentian their second straight loss, beaten 2-1 by the TMU (Toronto Metropolitan University) Bold at home one week earlier.
The gooseegg in the win column would be broken the next day in Peterborough as Caitlyne Kervin registered her second goal of the season just as folks were still settling into their seats (2nd minute) and keeper Hunter Jones did the rest, earning her first clean sheet of the year.
The Voyageurs will face the RMC Paladins (0-3) in Kingston on Saturday before heading to Ottawa and battling the Carleton Ravens (1-1) the next day.
The Laurentian men may have paid the price for a forfeited victory in week one (the TMU men's team has been suspended by the school) as the visitors looked sluggish in suffering an 8-0 thrashing at the hands of Ontario Tech last Saturday.
With that ugliness behind them, the L.U. lads rebounded with a much better effort in the Lock City, edged 2-1 by the Excalibur as Ifiraim Shimaka score the game-winner for Trent in the 87th minute.
Daniel Alexa jumpstarted the Vees' attack with a goal less than two minutes in but Andrew Hamilton pulled the home side even in the 76th minute, setting the stage for the late-game heroics.
Coach Tony Tagliafierro and company also tangle with both RMC (0-3) and Carleton (3-0) this coming weekend.