August 10, 2022
Conestoga’s Liam Dowling takes the ball towards UTM’s net during the Condors vs. Eagles men’s soccer game at Budd Park Saturday evening. (Phil Courtemanche/Spoke Online)

By Phillip Courtemanche, Spoke News

The University of Toronto Mississauga Eagles defeated the Conestoga Condors 2-0 in men’s soccer action Saturday evening at Budd Park.

Despite the Eagles’ lack of success on two penalty shot attempts, they still managed to pick up their first win of the season.

The Condors have now lost four straight games since their draw against George Brown to open the season.

“We started out with a lot of energy, but we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” said Condors midfielder Liam Dowling. “We were creating some chances, but just couldn’t finish them. [We were] hoping to get our first win today, but it didn’t work out.”

With the win, UTM surpasses Conestoga in the standings with three points, dropping the Condors to the bottom of the Central Division with one point.

“It was imperative for us to get off to a good start,” said Conestoga head coach Peter Mackie. “I think some of the players underestimated UTM a little bit.”

“We defended for a majority of the game,” said Mackie. “The second half was a little bit better, but now you’re chasing the game. When you come out flat like that, then you concede a goal. . . Now you’re having to make personnel changes [and] you’re having to change the formation.”

“Over the course of 90 minutes, we were better in the second half, but we still didn’t create enough chances in wide areas, we [were] not penetrating around the defence [and] we [were] not getting enough crosses whipped in.”

“You have to give UTM credit. I thought they were very worthy of the result,” said Mackie. “We’ll get back to training on Tuesday and we’ll build towards next weekend.”

The Condors’ next game is Sept. 29 at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.

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