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Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2018
A penalty kick do over decides the match
by Randy Pascal

One would hope that a single controversial call does not define an entire season, but given the shape of the OUA East men's soccer standings, that is certainly a possibility for the 2017 Laurentian Voyageurs.

Locked in their typically fierce battle with the Nipissing Lakers this past Saturday, with neither team able to find the mark in the opening 79 minutes of play, the Voyageurs would be tested, as the Lakers William Tsilkas was awarded a penalty shot.

Two-time L.U. team MVP Connor Vande Weghe would be up to the task, as the keeper turned aside the shot to his left, smothering the ball. Cheers quickly turned to jeers, however, as the assistant referee deemed that the Vande Weghe had come off his line prematurely, gifting Tsilkas a "do over", on which he would make no mistake as Nipissing escaped with a 1-0 win.

The final ten minutes of play were understandably intense, as yellow cards were prominent and Laurentian coach Carlo Castrechino was tossed from the match. With a record of 1-4-0, the Voyageurs find themselves on spot out of a playoff berth, sitting in seventh place.

Thankfully, much of the season still lies ahead, though the L.U. crew will have to compose itself quickly, as the Kingston duo of RMC (0-3-1) and Queen's (2-2) pay a visit to Sudbury next weekend.

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