Forfeits cost soccer team five points
Brock has lost five points in the standings in women’s university soccer after forfeiting four games, following a decision by the governing body of university sports in Canada.
The decision by U Sports, formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sports, is the result of an ineligible player seeing action in four of the Badgers’ first five games of the regular season.
Brock athletic director Neil Lumsden, calling the “unfortunate situation” a learning experience on several fronts, said the use of the ineligible player was the result of an oversight.
“This is a very unfortunate situation, but the coaches and players will not let this setback derail their goal of finishing the season on a positive note and making the playoffs,” he said.
Results affected by the ruling were a 2-2 tie with the Laurier Golden Hawks, Aug. 25; a 1-1 draw versus the Waterloo Warriors, Aug. 27; as well as a 1-0 victory over the Guelph Gryphons, Sept. 8. Also impacted was a Sept. 10 game against the Western Mustangs, but that didn’t cause Brock to lose any points as the Badgers lost the match 1-0.
All the forfeited games will be recorded as 1-0 losses.
“The eligibility violation was reviewed and verified, and as a result, games in which the Brock University athlete participated in are forfeited,” Ontario University Athletics said in announcing the U Sports decision.
The ineligible player is no longer on the roster and head coach Kevin Trethowan said the team will work harder than ever to overcome the setback.
“This is a huge setback for us, but we can’t let off-the-field factors impact our performances on the field,” he said. “Playoffs are still within reach and we will still be pushing to make them.
“We are a resilient bunch and this will only make us stronger.”
The Badgers have three games remaining in the regular season.