CIS women's soccer Sunday roundp
TORONTO - Laura Machado’s goal off the opening kick would
prove to be the game-winner as the Varsity Blues women’s
soccer team shut out the Carleton Ravens 2-0 on Sunday, September 4
at Varsity Centre.
Source: Toronto Sports Info
TORONTO- The Ryerson Rams women's soccer team earned its first point of the season on Sunday afternoon, playing to a scoreless draw with the Ottawa Gee-Gees at Lamport Stadium.
Making her first start in net for the Rams, Barrie Ont. native Lauren LaSalle made three saves to earn the shutout while Ryerson's defense held strong amidst continued offensive pressure from the Gee-Gees throughout the contest.
The Gee-Gees controlled the play in the opening 25 minutes, as their forwards forced the Ryerson backs into committing several fouls that resulted in free kicks from dangerous spots within the Rams' half.
Although Ottawa dictated the pace of the match throughout most of the first half, they could not capitalize as the backline of Ryerson held strong, limiting their scoring opportunities.
The Gee-Gees best chance came when a strong run by their high striker forced rookie Sarah Slattery (St. Catharines, Ont.) to commit a hard foul, thwarting a sure breakaway but also resulting in a yellow card for the rookie. Kaitlind Smith's ensuing free kick soared just over the cross bar, keeping the game level at 0-0.
Andrea Raso (Etobicoke, Ont.) had the best chance of the contest for the Rams after finding some space at the top of the box, but her shot flew over the net as well.
Ryerson's defenders held strong in the second half with last year's OUA bronze medalists continuing to apply pressure, but unable to create genuine scoring chances.
The Rams couldn't muster up an attack in response, but three substitutions late in the match allowed them to stay fresh and maintain their defensive structure.
Ottawa did earn a couple of corner kicks in the latter stages, but never could get the ball headed toward the target from the respective crosses.
Associate Coach Ramin Mohammadi felt the women were much better defensively, improving on their performance from yesterday's loss to Carleton against a very strong Gee-Gees squad.
"Sarah and Elyse (Hanec) did a great job in the centre," Mohammadi said. "We were more compact and didn't let them break us down."
The Rams continue their home stand next weekend at Lamport Stadium, where they will take on Laurentian and Nipissing on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The Lady Vees and Lakers both finished just ahead of the Rams one season ago, knocking the women out of the post-season picture.
Although it is only the second weekend of the season, it will be critical for Ryerson to take points in each of those matches to give them a head up on the OUA playoff race, and Mohammadi explained that while he was happy with the progression of their defense, the women will need to focus on their finishing in order to continue in the right direction.
"We will focus on attacking and creating more options (for our forwards)," he said. "We have to get in offensive shape and we will be successful."
Source: Ryerson Sports Info
HAMILTON, Ont. - The McMaster women's soccer team won
their second match of the 2011 season over division rivals the
Western Mustangs by a score of 2-1. Marauder Stephanie Davis
(Mississauga, Ont.) would score both goals for McMaster in the
Source: McMaster Sports Info
WATERLOO, Ont. - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer team continued their strong play to open the season as they defeated the Guelph Gryphons 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The victory moved the Hawks to 2-0-0 on the year while Guelph dropped to 0-1-1.
Laurier got off to a quick start and it was a familiar face that opened the scoring. In the 13th minute, midfielder Alyssa Lagonia of Kitchener, Ont., worked a perfect give-and-go with Krista Cellucci of Mississauga, Ont., before burying a shot low past Guelphs keeper for her third of the young campaign.
20 minutes later, rookie midfielder Jacqueline Lence of Mississauga, Ont., continued her strong play to start the year as she found the back of the net with a shot that fooled keeper Meghan Klimas of Russell, Ont. The goal was Lence's second in two games.
In the second half, the Golden Hawks stepped up their play, firing shot after shot at Klimas but were unable to stretch their lead. Guelph would take advantage and in the 63rd minute they were awarded a penalty kick. Heather Kendall of Newmarket, Ont., put her attempt past Laurier keeper Mallory Woeller of Kinburn, Ont., to pull the Gryphons to within one.
However, the purple and gold were too much for Guelph on the day and restored their two goal lead 10 minutes later when Lagonia fed Becca Issacs of London, Ont., at the top of the box. Isaacs fired a bullet that eluded Klimas for her first of the season to round out the scoring.
Woeller picked up her second win for Laurier, making two saves, while Klimas recorded 15 saves for Guelph.
Laurier will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to Western (1-1-0) to battle the Mustangs. Game time is 1 p.m. at TD Waterhouse Stadium.
Source: Laurier Sports Info