Sting Look To Improve After Loss

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A Wallaceburg Sting player defends a Tillsonburg challenger – Photo by Jocelyn McLaughlin/

After a loss to Tillsonburg this past Wednesday night, the Wallaceburg Sting now find themselves sitting at 1-1-1 after three games, and looking to improve in the WOSL First Division.

“It’s early in the season,” said Mark Foster on his thoughts after the hard fought loss, “we will be better.”

Wallaceburg fell 2-1 to Tillsonburg Wednesday, with their first goal against coming from a blocked clear by the Sting netminder. Wallaceburg would tie the game, initiating the scoring play off a Kurtis Lubbers free kick. Lubbers would find a streaking Colin McArthur, who set up Shawn Lubbers atop the 6-yard box. Shawn Lubbers made no mistake firing a low shot past the Tillsonburg goalie.

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Wallaceburg’s Mike Foster battles for a ball against Tillsonburg – Photo by Jocelyn McLaughlin/

Wallaceburg however, would not be able to hold on, as Tillsonburg scored on a penalty shot with only 10 minutes remaining to secure the victory.

“We were out played in the games opening twenty minutes, losing battles to lose balls all over the field,” says veteran Sting player Mitchell Kraayenbrink. “We settled down and played out the rest of the half with control but didn’t carry it over into the second half. Tillsonburg came ready to play and did a good job at frustrating us,” added Kraayenbrink.

Kraayenbrink did think his team played solid defensive soccer, saying the team’s frsutration, and readiness to be better in the coming weeks, was also sparked by the way Tillsonburg scored their goals.

“It’s tough to play so sound defensively and see them walk away with a victory off two goals we couldn’t defend,” Kraayenbrink explained about the empty net give-away and penalty shot goals.

The Wallaceburg Sting will have two changes to get back in the win column next weekend as they have back-to-back home games, Thursday, May 29th against London Scottish, 7:00 PM at Kinsmen Park, and Saturday, May 31st against. St. Columban, 5:00 PM at Kinsmen Park.

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