QF #3 CIS women’s soccer championship: Carabins edge Hawks on kicks
Photo credit Andrew Dobrowolskyj, McGill
MONTREAL (CIS) – Midfielder Chloé Bouclin-Sabourin of Kirkland, Que., scored the deciding goal in kicks from the penalty mark as her top-ranked Montreal Carabins rallied from a late 1-0 deficit to defeat the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 2-1 in a cold, rainy quarter-final at the CIS women’s soccer championship tournament at Percival Molson Stadium, Thursday evening.
Montreal won the shootout session 4-3, marking the fifth consecutive contest at Nationals since 2009 that they needed at least extra time to decide a winner, including the last three requiring kicks. The Carabins are 2-3 in those five games.
The RSEQ champions advanced to Saturday’s second semifinal at 4:30 p.m., where they will face either Trinity Western or tournament host McGill.
The OUA runner-up ‘Hawks were relegated to the consolation round.
Martine Julien, a 6-foot-1 goalkeeper from Lachine, Que., preserved the victory by turning aside the final two Laurier kicks. She dove to her left to thwart CIS player of the year Alyssa Lagonia, then dove to her right to stone defender Sadie Anderson.
“I told myself that I had to stop that last shot,” said Julien, a third-year physical and health education major. “I had been studying the shooter (Anderson) and when I touched the ball, I knew that we had won and there are no words to describe the feeling. I missed the championship last year with an injury. Today, I made it back and it feels like I am going 200 miles an hour right now.”
Heather Malizia of Burlington, Ont., had given the ‘Hawks a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute and they appeared to be on the way to victory before Véronique Maranda of Montreal received a cross from RSEQ MVP Éva Thouvenot-Hébert and headed the ball past netminder Mallory Woeller on a disputed play. The Laurier bench cried foul on the play as one of their player had been knocked down and it appeared that Maranda was offside.
“Which questionable call are you referring to?” said a disappointed Barry MacLean, head coach of the Golden Hawks, in response to a question about the officiating. “It was a great contest between two great teams but a tough way to lose.”
“It’s a big win for our program,” said Carabins bench boss Kevin McConnell, who in his playing days, had helped McGill win a national title in 1997. “It was good to get rid of some of the demons from last year when we lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Laurier and then losing the final the previous year in penalties.”
In the shootout, the first three strikers scored for each side, with Kelsey Tikka, Becca Issacs and Tania Pedron connecting for Laurier, while Valérie Labelle, Aurélie Tremblay and Emmanuelle Béliveau-Labrecque replying for the Carabins.
Tikka and Maranda were named as their respective team’s player of the game.
MTL 0-1-0-0: 2 (4-3 kicks)
WLU 0-1-0-0: 1
1. WLU Heather Malizia, Laurier, 59th
2. MTL Éva Thouvenot-Hébert (Véronique Maranda), 87th
Extra time (2 x 15 mins: no golden goal)
WLU Kelsey Tikka GOAL
MTL Valérie Labelle GOAL
WLU Becca Issacs GOAL
MTL Aurélie Tremblay GOAL
WLU Tania Pedron GOAL
MTL Emmanuelle Béliveau-Labrecque GOAL
WLU Alyssa Lagonia SAVED (Martine Julien)
MTL Chloé Bouclin GOAL
WLU Sadie Anderson SAVED (Martine Julien)
MTL: Martine Julien (W, 1 GA, 5 saves, 120:00, 1-0)
WLU: Mallory Woeller (L, 1 GA, 4 saves, 120:00, 0-1)
Shots: MTL 13, WLU 12
Shots on net: MTL 5, WLU 6
Corners: MTL 8, WLU 3
Offsides: MTL 1, WLU 0
Fouls: MTL 9, WLU 8
Yellow cards: MTL 0, WLU 0
Red cards: MTL 0, WLU 0
Players of the game:
MTL: Véronique Maranda
WLU: Kelsey Tikka
SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Thursday, Nov. 10
10:30 Quarter-final 1: Ottawa 3 Dalhousie 2
13:30 Quarter-final 2: Queen’s 2 Alberta 1
16:30 Quarter-final 3: Montreal 2 Laurier 1 (4-3 kicks)
19:30 Quarter-final 4: Trinity Western vs. McGill (SSN Canada webcast)
Friday, Nov. 11
16:30 Consolation 1: Dalhousie vs. Alberta (SSN Canada webcast)
19:30 Consolation 2: Laurier vs. Loser QF 4 (SSN Canada webcast)
Saturday, Nov. 12
13:30 Semifinal 1: Ottawa vs. Queen’s (SSN Canada webcast)
16:30 Semifinal 2: Montreal vs. Winner QF 4 (SSN Canada webcast)
19:30 5th-place game (SSN Canada webcast)
Sunday, Nov. 13
13:30 Bronze medal (SSN Canada webcast)
16:00 Championship final (SSN Canada webcast)