SEMIFINAL #1: 2009 CIS womens soccer championship: Defending champ Spartans to play for CIS gold
By University of Toronto sports information office
TORONTO (CIS) – Daniela Gerig of Fort Langley B.C., scored in the 87th minute to tie the game 1-1 and gave the defending CIS champion Trinity Western Spartans a second opportunity to defeat the Queen’s Gaels 2-1 (5-3 in penalty kicks) in the first semifinal of the CIS women’s soccer championship at Varsity Centre. Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans, who claimed Glady Bean memorial trophies in 2008 with a 1-0 gold-medal win over Brock and in 2004 with a 3-2 penalty-kick victory over McGill, advance to the 2009 title match Sunday at 5 p.m. where they’ll face either top-ranked Montreal or UBC. Trinity Western goes into the final with a sparkling 9-1-1 all-time record at the CIS tournament.
Queen’s will play for CIS bronze at 2 p.m. The Gaels, who claimed their lone title in 1988, won bronze on one occasion, in 2004, when they defeated Montreal 1-0 in penalty kicks.
Both Sunday duels will be streamed on SSN Canada (www.ssncanada.ca or www.cis-sic.ca ) and the final will be televised live on Rogers TV.
Second-year goalkeeper Kristen Funk (Calgary, Alta.) scored the Spartans first goal in the shootout and went on to make a huge save on the Gaels first shooter, Angela Sullivan (Scarborough, Ont.). TWU’s fifth shooter, defenceman Colleen Webber (Calgary, Alta.), made no mistake finding the back of the net to secure the victory in penalty kicks.
“I feel like our game today was a gift for us - we did not play well,” said Funk. “We stood it out and we worked hard to finish that last goal.”
“Queen’s played very well,” said Spartans head coach Graham Roxburgh. “We were a bit unlucky on a few of our chances - a little bit sharper finishing and I think we would’ve been ahead [in regulation].”
Both teams came out flying and recorded scoring chances in the opening minutes. 2009 CIS player of the year Renee MacLennan (Kingston, Ont.) deked her way through Trinity Western defenders, setting up a great shot on goal.
Alicia Tesan, the 2009 CIS Rookie of the Year, looked as though she would open the scoring in the 31st minute when she turned and shot a hard ball into the arms of Corry.
TWU continued to pressure and again almost got on the board in the 37th minute when Alexi Foster (Fort Langley, B.C.) sent a booming shot right under the cross bar but Corry made a fantastic leap to tip the ball over the net. Just two minutes later, Mobilio beat Corry to a ball and was able to tip it past her, but the Coquitlam, B.C. native sent it inches wide of the net.
The game remained scoreless at the half.
With a scoreless draw through 45 minutes, the Spartans showed why they remain a dominant force in women’s soccer, taking the play to the Gaels for the majority of the second half.
However it would be Queen’s striking first, and on their first rush of the half, first-year Queen’s midfielder Riley Filion (Alexandria, Ont.) sent a beautiful pass to fellow rookie Chantal McFetridge (Kelowna, B.C.) who made no mistake, sending a low shot past a diving Funk.
Queen’s carried that momentum over for the next 15 minutes, however the Spartans returned to fine form and challenged Corry with numerous shots from well inside the 18-yard box.
Gerig finally got the defending CIS champions on the board and would force overtime in the 87th minute when she sent a low shot from 25 yards out into the bottom right corner.
Despite outshooting the Gaels 11-2, the Spartans were unable to solve Corry in the overtime period and resorted to penalty kicks to secure their spot in the CIS gold-medal match tomorrow afternoon.
TWU: 0-1-0-0:2 (5-3 PK)
1.QUE, Chantal McFetridge (1), 65th
2.TWU, Daniela Gerig (1), 87th
Overtime (2 x 15 minutes)
TWU, Kristen Funk, goal
QUE, Angela Sullivan, saved
TWU, Melissa Mobilio, goal
QUE, Brienna Shaw, goal
TWU, Daniela Gerig, goal
QUE, Kelli Chamberlain, goal
TWU, Meghan McKinnon, goal
QUE, Riley Filion, goal
TWU, Colleen Webber, goal
TWU: Kristen Funk (W, 1 GA, 11 saves, 120:00 mins)
QUE: Elena Corry (L, 1 GA, 6 saves, 120:00 mins)
Shots: TWU 27, QUE 15
Shots on Net: TWU 11, QUE 7
Corners: TWU 10, QUE 3
Offsides: TWU 0, QUE 0
Fouls: TWU 7, QUE 3
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None
Players of the game:
TWU: Tessa Meyer
QUE: Riley Filion
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Thursday, Nov. 12
Quarter-final 1: Queen’s 1, StFX 0 (OT)
Quarter-final 2: Trinity Western 1, UPEI 0
Quarter-final 3: UBC 2, York 1 (OT)
Quarter-final 4: Montreal 3, Toronto 2
Friday, Nov. 13
Consolation 1: UPEI 1, StFX 0
Consolation 2: Toronto 1, York 0
Saturday, Nov. 14
Semifinal 1: Trinity Western 2, Queen’s 1 (5-3 PK)
15:30 Semifinal 2: UBC vs. Montreal (SSN Canada webcast)
18:30 Consolation final (5th-place match): UPEI vs. Toronto (SSN Canada webcast)
Sunday, Nov. 15
14:00 Bronze medal: Queen’s vs. TBD (SSN Canada webcast)
17:00 Championship final: Trinity Western vs. TBD (Rogers TV / SSN Canada webcast)
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