For­feits cost soc­cer team five points

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - SPORTS -

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.


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