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PREVIEW: Rested #5 Gee-Gees return home to face Toronto foes

Women's soccer players lined up
Photo: Greg Mason.

In a season that will end with hosting the U SPORTS National Championship, the nationally fifth-ranked Gee-Gees women's soccer team hasn't done much hosting yet.

Despite this, the team has powered to an 8-1-1 record, good for top of the OUA East. Now the team forays into the back half of the season with nothing but home games to look forward to. The first two of the stand begin this weekend against the Toronto Varsity Blues (4-5-2) and the Ryerson Rams (2-4-5).

The Gee-Gees will see this as great opportunity to further cement their place in the standings, as they begin to eye potential playoff seeding. Gee-Gees head coach Steve Johnson recalls their last games against Queen's and RMC as promising matches to build off of.

"We're coming off a week, two weeks ago, where we really liked what we did. Our attack was strong, our defense was solid, and our midfield play was the best we've seen over the season," said Johnson.

Johnson, in his 24th year coaching the program, notes that the bye week will also play a factor this weekend. The Gee-Gees are coming into the matchups feeling fresh from a mid-season bye week.

"We had a couple good weeks of training, and we are rested because we didn't play last Saturday and Sunday."

History is on their side this weekend, as the Gee-Gees have already travelled to Toronto to take on both teams this season. Earning wins in both games, the Gee-Gees scored five goals that and only conceded on the weekend.

Their potent offense will continue to be a key, as it has been all season long. With 29 goals in 10 games, the Gee-Gees are scoring at the second best rate in the OUA. The team has scored at least three or more goals on six different occasions this year.

Johnson also believes that offensive capability will be important in earning two more wins against Toronto and Ryerson. At this point in the season, the team is less reliant on scorers Emma Lefebvre and Mikayla Morton to be responsible for the lion's share of the the team's points.

"At the beginning of this year, Emma and Mikayla were the go-to scorers for the team," he said. "We've recently had other players step up and contribute, which is a really good thing from the team's standpoint."

Both of the weekend's matches will take place at Gee-Gees Field, and will be streamed live on OUA.tv. The action gets underway at 1 p.m. and tickets are available online at tickets.geegees.ca.