Lakers women's soccer team 2-0 on season

Cody Vaillancourt of the Nipissing Lakers men's soccer team takes control of the ball in weekend action in North Bay. The Lakers came away with a tie and a loss, while the women's team went to 2-0 with a win over the Carelton Raiders. Submitted Photo

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For the second straight game, the Nipissing Lakers women’s soccer team came away with a gritty 1-0 victory.

Coming into the weekend with a 1-0-0 record, the Lakers grabbed a victory over the visiting Ontario Tech Ridgebacks to move to 2-0-0 on the season and claiming the full six points.

Saturday’s lone goal came off the foot of transfer forward Zoe Derkach, who fired a shot to the corner of the net in the 58th minute.

Fellow forward Madison Logan picked up the lone assist, setting up Derkach’s first of the season.

As was the case last weekend, Mykaela Volpe was perfect in net, finishing with the win and shutout.

She had three saves against the Ridgebacks and provided stability as the last line of defence.

After earning two wins at home, the Lakers will hit the road for the first time this season, heading to Ottawa to take on the Carleton Ravens next Saturday and the Ottawa Gee Gees Sunday.

The men’s soccer team saw their record go 1-1-1 with a tie and a loss on he weekend.

In Saturday’s action, a game that saw two different weather delays ended the way it started, with the teams tied.

The team rbattled the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks to a 1-1 draw, with both teams gaining a single point.

The game started about 30 minutes late due to lightning and was also delayed early in the second half because of lightning.

In the end, the Lakers scored the lone goal in the second half after trailing 1-0 to pull out the tie.

Ontario Tech struck first, going ahead 1-0 at the fourth minute mark in the first half.

After the break and the delay, the Lakers came out and found a way to tie the game.

Ryan Roy was taken down in the 18-yard box which set up a penalty kick.

Veteran Jamal Brown stepped up to the spot and buried the shot to even things up.

The teams went back and forth late to push for the winning goal, but neither could find the advantage and the game ended in a draw.

Andrew Johnstone was busy and good in goal for the Lakers, finishing with nine saves on 10 shots.

Nipissing finished with four shots.

The Nipissing Lakers men’s soccer team suffered their first loss of the season Sunday, falling to the nationally ranked Carleton Ravens.

While Nipissing hung tough, they were unable to put together much of an attack and fell by a final of 3-0.

The teams were even through 30 minutes, but two quick goals gave Carleton the 2-0 lead.

The eventual game-winner came at the 31-minute mark, while the insurance marker was scored just four minutes later.

Down by two at halftime, the Lakers attempted to push back, but a goal in the 82nd minute capped off the Ravens victory.

Andrew Johnstone finished with seven, allowing three goals, while the Lakers ended the game with three shots on goal.

Next up for Nipissing, sitting with a 1-1-1 record, is a pair of road games – their first of the season – as they have a rematch with the Ravens Saturday before facing Toronto Sunday.

In lacrosse action, the Nipissing Lakers lacrosse team bounced back from a season-opening loss nicely to earn their first victory of the 2019 CUFLA season.

Leading from the get-go, the Lakers used a big second half to blow the game open and claim the 15-7 victory over the visiting Carleton Ravens.

After the first, Nipissing held a slight 3-2 lead and extended that advantage to 7-6 at halftime as both teams posted four goals in the second quarter.

A hot start to the third frame saw the Lakers jump ahead 10-6 as they looked to secure their first victory of the young campaign.

After three, Nipissing led 12-6 thanks to a quick start and a strong push on offence.

In the fourth, Nipissing padded their lead and continued to push the pace, adding to their advantage, ultimately claiming the win by a final of 15-7.

Next up, the Lakers host the Bishop’s Gaiters Saturday evening.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Nipissing Field.

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