The West Ottawa Warriors had a number of chances but were unable to capitalize in a 3-0 loss to Durham United FA in League1 action on Saturday night at Beckwith Park.
The Warriors were chasing the game from the first minute, after a miscommunication in the back between the defenders and keeper Morgan Fedosiewich put the ball at the feet of Durham’s Hollie Babut, who took advantage of the chance.
West Ottawa’s Melissa Harrison hit the crossbar with a cracking shot in the 39th minute as the Warriors worked the ball around the top of the visitor’s box. The chance was just after a great through ball to Melissa Baynes, who beat the keeper but was unable to get a shot off as the Durham defenders got back to challenge.
WOSC came out strong in the second half, playing a high line as they continued to look for the equalizer, and putting a growing amount of pressure on Durham. The Warriors were able to use their pace down the wings to get crosses into the box, but were unable to convert the opportunities.
Durham missed the chance to go up by two when they were awarded a penalty kick, but put the ball just wide of the net in the 64th minute.
The Warriors looked dangerous on their set-plays, and there were a number of scrambles in the Durham box as both teams fought for the loose ball. With Ottawa pushing forward for a free kick in the 74th minute, Durham struggled to clear but then took possession and countered quickly down the field, scoring to take the 2-0 lead. WOSC hit the post for a second time less than a minute later, but couldn’t take advantage of the rebound. Another fast counter-attack in the 82nd minute made it 3-0 and sealed the win for Durham.
The Warriors will travel to Aurora on Sunday when they face Aurora FC at 1 p.m. Both teams will be looking for their first win of the season.