CIS women's soccer Wednesday roundup: No. 8 Gee-Gees lose close battle to No. 3 Queen's
Photo credit Richard Whittaker, Ottawa
No. 1 Laurier 3, Western 0 Final
WATERLOO, Ont. - Playing at home for the first time in October, the Wilfrid Laurier women's soccer team won their tenth game of the season, a 3-0 decision over the Western Mustangs.
The OUA Women's Team of the Month, Laurier is the first team in Canada to reach ten wins on the season.
Krista Cellucci of Mississauga, Ont., scored her seventh and eighth goals of the season, as Laurier improved their record to 10-0-0 with 35 goals scored and 5 goals against. With their second loss to Laurier of the season, Western's record drops to 3-7-0.
Cellucci snuck in the only goal of the first half with the clock moving into injury time when she blocked Western's keepers clearing attempt and finished the play off into an open net.
Rookie Emily Brown of Waterloo, Ont. continued her great season, nabbing her league-leading 8th goal of the season in the 76th minute of the game. Not to be outdone, Cellucci tied Brown atop the OUA goal-leaders in the 91st minute with her 8th goal of the season. Cellucci and Brown are now tied with Jackie Tessier of Queen's for top goal-scorer in the OUA.
Mallory Woeller of Kinburn, Ont. recorded her OUA-leading ninth win, as well as her third straight shutout. Laurier dominated the Mustangs for much of the game, outshooting Western 5-1.
Laurier is close to clinching first place in the OUA West, as they lead second place Windsor by 14 points with just four regular season games remaining for the Hawks. Laurier will take on Waterloo next, on October 15th at 1 p.m. at Waterloo's North Campus. Western will take on Windsor October 11th.
Source: Laurier Sports Info
Carleton 4, RMC 0 Final
OTTAWA - The Carleton University Ravens women’s soccer
team shut out the RMC Paladins by a score of 4-0 Wednesday night,
earning their second shutout victory in as many games.
Ravens forward Shayla LaVecchia (Ottawa) opened the scoring in the 13th minute of the game, handcuffing RMC goalkeeper Michelle Hamilton (Winnipeg) with a blast to the top left corner.
The Ravens would double their lead in the 35th minute when forward Sarah Royer (Lethbridge, Alta.) took a pass from defender Valerie Hamilton (Ottawa), beating the RMC keeper low to make it a 2-0 game at halftime.
Royer continued her strong play and set the tone for the Ravens in the second half, extending the lead to 3-0 in the 65th minute with her second goal of the game.
Forward Adrianna Ruggiero (Markham, Ont.) capped off the scoring in the 75th minute, when she scored her team-leading sixth of the season. She is now fourth in the OUA scoring race.
Ravens goalkeeper Anna Morsky (Saskatoon) was flawless, recording her second of back-to-back shutouts.
The win improves Carleton’s regular season record to 6-4-2 for fourth place in the OUA East. The Ravens will try to extend their win streak to three games when they take on the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees at home on Friday, October 14. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.
Ravens- LaVecchia (13th minute)
Ravens- Royer (35th minute)
Ravens- Royer (65th minute)
Ravens- Ruggiero (75th minute)
Source: Jeff Hamilton, Carleton Sports Info
Queen's 3, Ottawa 2 Final
OTTAWA - The uOttawa Women’s soccer team suffered a close
loss on Wednesday night to top ranked Queen’s in a close
battle that came down to the last minute of play. The loss marks
the end of a five game winning streak for the Gee-Gees, who now sit
in second spot in OUA East rankings, still only three points behind
The Garnet and Grey put up a great battle with the nationally ranked number one team, keeping them within one goal for the second time this season. However, it was a relatively slow start for the Gee-Gees, who allowed a goal in the very first minute of play to a very fast Jackie Tessier, who converted on a perfect strike from the top left side of the 18-yard box.
Not to be fazed, though, The Gee-Gees responded when second year striker Elisabeth Wong, Nepean, Ont., received a perfect through-ball from the midfield. Wong never missed a step, firing a left foot laser that was perfectly placed just inside the inside goal post, evening the match up at one-one.
Controversy struck only two minutes later when Queen’s goal scorer, Tessier, was sprung free on a breakaway that could easily have been called offside. However, play was allowed to resume and the streaking Tessier buried her second goal in 12 minutes, putting the Gaels up by one.
“They converted on that ‘offside goal,’ which was kind of unfortunate,” explained head coach Steve Johnson, “which makes a difference in a game like this. Having said that, we need to be better defensively.”
However, with the momentum in the Gaels’ favour, Wong once again responded for the Gee-Gees in the 18th minute. Using her unique speed in her pursuit for the ball, Wong went head-to-head with the Queen’s goaltender. In her attempt to clear the ball, the goalkeeper hit Wong’s midsection with the ball and took a fortunate bounce that left Wong with a wide open cage to shoot into, allowing the Gee-Gees to finish the first half all square with the Gaels.
The second half saw much of the same choppy action. However, this time the goal scoring was scarce. In the 54th minute, Queen’s first year defender Jesse De Boer managed to beat all Gee-Gees to a perfectly placed Gaels corner kick, converting on a header that would ultimately be the game winning goal for the Gaels.
“We have to learn from our mistakes,” explained Gee-Gee striker Sarah De Carufel, Boisbriand, Que. “We didn’t start very hard, and they took advantage of that. Obviously we aren’t satisfied with the loss, but we have to learn from that and prepare better mentally for the coming games.”
The Gee-Gees will now switch their focus to a battle with cross-town rivals Carleton on October 14, 2011 at Carleton’s home field.
Gee-Gees goal scorers – Elisabeth Wong (10’, 18’)
Queen’s gaol scorers – Jackie Tessier (1’, 12’), Jesse De Boer (54’)