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Lakers face setbacks on the pitch

Lakers men and women fall on the weekend
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The Nipissing Lakers kicked off with setbacks for both men's and women's soccer teams this weekend. 

In their lone game on the road this weekend, the Nipissing Lakers men’s soccer team suffered their first loss of the young OUA season. 

The Lakers came up short against the Carleton Ravens, losing 4-1 in Ottawa Saturday afternoon, falling to 2-1-0 through two weekends of play. 

The Ravens scored the lone goal of the first half, finding the back of the net at the 15-minute mark. 

They then scored two goals in three minutes in the second half – going up 2-0 at the 64th minute and 3-0 at the 67th minute. 

Lakers veteran striker Jack Collins got one back for Nipissing, scoring at the 80-minute mark, but the Ravens would seal the victory with a goal in the dying minutes. 

Justin Gomes assisted on Collins’ first goal of the season. 

Next up, the Lakers host the RMC Paladins Saturday and the Queens’ Gaels Sunday afternoon, with kickoff scheduled for 2:15pm both days. 

Lakers women drop a pair 

The Nipissing Lakers women’s soccer teams had a pair of setbacks this weekend, dropping two, 1-0 decisions in the nation’s capital. 

Despite outplaying the Carleton Ravens and in tough against the country’s number four team, the Ottawa Gee Gees, the Lakers were unable to come away with a positive result. 

Saturday, Nipissing outshot the Ravens 5-1, but it was a Ravens tally at the 16-minute mark that proved to be enough and stood up as the winner in the contest. 

The following day, to wrap up the weekend, the Lakers battled the Gee Gees in a very competitive and exciting affair. 

The teams combined for 13 shots, with the Gee Gees putting 11 on net, while the Lakers had two. 

Taylor Mitchener made 10 saves, allowing just one goal in the 10th minute. 

Unfortunately, the lone Gee Gees goal was enough, as they topped Nipissing to claim the three points. 

Next up, the Lakers host the RMC Paladins Saturday and the Queens' Gaels Sunday afternoon, with kickoff scheduled for noon on both days.