FINAL CIS women’s soccer championship: Gaels win on penalty kicks, repeat as national champs
Photo credit Andrew Dobrowolskyj, McGill
MONTREAL (CIS) – Tournament MVP Chantel Marson, a 5-foot-3 goalkeeper from London, Ont., made six saves in the game and three more in a post-overtime shootout as Queen’s University edged the Montreal Carabins 1-0 to capture their second consecutive CIS women’s soccer championship, Sunday, at Percival Molson Stadium on the campus of McGill University.
In an earlier game, the Ottawa Gee-Gees claimed bronze with a
2-0 victory over McGill.
It marked the fifth time in the 25-year history of the tournament that it had been decided on kicks, with UBC first doing so in 1993, also at Molson Stadium, followed by Dalhousie (1994) and Trinity Western, who accomplishing the feat twice (2004 and 2009).
The Gaels, who won the shootout session 3-1, previously captured the Gunn Baldersson memorial award in 2010 and 1988. They have also earned one silver and a bronze.
Marson, a fifth-year education major, thwarted the Carabins on their first two shots, by Marylise Monchalin and Emmanuelle Beliveau-Labrecque. She was finally beaten on the third shot, taken by Chloe Bouclin-Sabourin, a junior midfielder from Kirkland, Que., but made up for that transgression with a diving save to her left off Valerie Labelle to end the suspense.
“It’s just a guessing game, really, and I guessed right a lot of the time,” said Marson. “No one wants to go to PKs but its part of the game. It’s unfortunate that (a championship) has to come down to that but at the same time, we were able to come out on top that way.”
Queen’s, connected on all three “penalties”, getting goals from sophomore Riley Filion of Alexandria, Ont., third-year defender Mikyla Kay of West Vancouver, B.C., and Kelli Chamberlain, a fifth-year forward from North Bay, Ont.
Kay’s kick made amends for a penalty shot that she missed in the final seconds of the first half, which in retrospect, would have given the Gaels a victory without the nail-biting drama.
“I’m ecstatic, just so proud of the girls, the way they played, the way they approached penalties and just the all mentality of how well they did at this championship,” said Dave McDowell, in his 24th season as head coach at Queen’s. “This one is really special. The way the girls came back was just amazing. A terrific classy group they are, the way the held themselves… was just terrific.”
Montreal appeared to have a territorial advantage during regulation with a 17-12 margin in shots directed toward the net and an 8-5 margin in corner kicks.
It was first loss of the season for the Carabins, champions of the RSEQ conference, who posted a combined 16-1-2 record in regular season and playoff action. Montreal, which was bidding to become the first Quebec-based school to win the national title, has lost their final game at Nationals, three consecutive years on penalty kicks. They were defeated in the 2010 bronze medal contest and the 2009 gold medal match.
‘Keeper Martine Julien, a Montreal native who helped her side win their tourney opener over Laurier on penalty kicks and then shutout McGill in double overtime during the semifinal round, was credited with six saves in the final. She robbed Kay on a penalty shot late in the opening stanza but was beaten on all three shots faced in the shootout.
“Despite this being a huge disappointment for us, I am very proud of the women on this team; it was quite something to experience this championship with them, in our home city, even if the ending wasn’t the one we were hoping for,” said Kevin McConnell, in his seventh season as head coach of the Carabins. “We showed tremendous character in every game at a tournament where every team was very competitive.”
The Gaels, who also won the OUA championship, finished with a 19-1-2 record in league and post-season action. They upped their all-time mark at the Nationals to 14-12-4 in 12 appearances.
QUEEN’S: 0-0-0-0-1: 1 (PK 3-1)
MONTREAL: 0-0-0-0-0: 0
SHOOTOUT: Queen’s wins shootout 3-1
MTL: Marylise Monchalin MISSED [saved by Chantel Marson].
QNS: Riley Filion GOAL [Martine Julien].
MTL: Emmanuelle Beliveau-Labrecque MISSED [saved by Chantel Marson].
QNS: Mikyla Kay GOAL [Martine Julien].
MTL: Chloe Bouclin-Sabourin GOAL [Chantel Marson].
QNS: Kelli Chamberlain GOAL [Martine Julien].
MTL: Valerie Labelle MISSED [saved by Chantel Marson].
QNS: Chantel Marson (W, 0 GA, 6 saves, 120 min)
MTL: Martine Julien (L, 0 GA, 6 saves, 120 min)
Shots: QNS 12, MTL 17
Shots on net: QNS 6, MTL 6
Corners: QNS 5, MTL 8
Offsides: QNS 0, MTL 1
Fouls: QNS 6, MTL 7
Yellow cards: QNS 1 (Chantal McFetridge, 113th), OTT 0
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
QNS: Brienna Shaw
MTL : Valerie Labelle
Tournament MVP (Gunn Baldersson memorial award):
Goalkeeper: Chantel Marson – Queen’s
Goalkeeper: Chantel Marson – Queen’s
Defence: Julia Bahen – McGill
Defence: Gillian Baggot – Ottawa
Defence: Valérie Labelle – Montreal
Defence: Brienna Shaw – Queen’s
Midfield: Véronique Maranda – Montreal
Midfield: Brittany Shales – Queen’s
Midfield: Emmanuelle Béliveau-Labrecque – Montreal
Midfield: Riley Filion – Queen’s
Forward: Pilar Khoury – Ottawa
Forward: Jackie Tessier – Queen’s
Forward: Eva Thouvenot-Hébert – Montreal
R.W. Pugh Fair Play award:
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Thursday, Nov. 10
Quarter-final 1: Ottawa 3, Dalhousie 2
Quarter-final 2: Queen's 2, Alberta 1
Quarter-final 3: Montreal 2, Laurier 1 (PK 4-3)
Quarter-final 4: McGill 1, Trinity Western 0, (PK 4-1)
Friday, Nov. 11
Consolation 1: Alberta 2, Dalhousie 0
Consolation 2: Trinity Western 1, Laurier 0
Saturday, Nov. 12
Semifinal 1: Queen's 1, Ottawa 0 (PK: 3-2)
Semifinal 2: Montreal 2, McGill 1 (2OT)
5th-place game: Alberta 2, Trinity Western 0
Sunday, Nov. 13
Bronze medal: Ottawa 2, McGill 0
Championship final: Queen's 1, Montreal 0 (PK 3-1)