W-Soccer Roundup: Guelph off to 2-0 start

W-Soccer Roundup: Guelph off to 2-0 start
HAMILTON, Ont. - A mid-week recap of OUA women's soccer action.

Sept. 4 Guelph @ UOIT

OSHAWA, Ont. - The Guelph Gryphons women's soccer team advanced to 2-0 on the season on Wednesday night with a 1-0 victory over the UOIT Ridgebacks in Oshawa.

Fourth year striker Erica Bain (Niagara Falls, Ont.) scored the game's lone goal - her second of the season - two minutes into the contest to put the Gryphons on top. The rest of the contest went scoreless as Gryphon second year goalie Alexandra King earned her second straight shutout of the season stopping six shots on net. 
 
The Gryphons now host the York Lions on Saturday (Sept. 7) at 1:00 p.m. at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

Source: Guelph Sports Info

Ottawa @ RMC

KINGSTON, Ont. - Pilar Khoury led the high-powered Gee-Gees offence to a 5-0 win over the RMC Paladins in Kingston on Wednesday night, improving the team’s record to 3-0-0. The third-year striker registered a hat trick by scoring twice in the first half and again at the 65 minute mark.

First-year goalkeeper Julia McDonald got the start in net for Ottawa, her first appearance of the season. The native of White Rock, B.C. stopped three Paladins shots before giving way to sophomore Alexandra Girouard in the second half to complete the shutout.

Khoury scored the opening goal of the game at 17 minutes, opening the floodgates for Ottawa. The Gee-Gees held a 4-0 lead at halftime thanks to Khoury’s second goal at 24 minutes, fifth-year midfielder Corina Jarrett’s third goal of the season at 21 minutes, and the first goal of the season for veteran striker Sarah de Carufel just six minutes before the break.

In total, Ottawa peppered the RMC net with 23 shots, while restricting the home side to five on-target shots.

Khoury now leads the OUA in goals scored with four on the season, while Jarrett is tied for second with three. The hat trick is the second of Khoury’s uOttawa career.

The no. 4 ranked Gee-Gees will look to keep their undefeated streak alive on Saturday when they host their first home game of the year. The Gee-Gees will face their rivals from Queen’s at 6 p.m. at Matt Anthony Field. The Gaels come into the contest ranked no. 2 in the CIS and with a 2-0-0 record, having defeated RMC and Carleton, both by 1-0 scores.

Saturday’s game will be available on SSN Canada.

Source: Ottawa Sports Info

Brock @ Laurier

WATERLOO, Ont. - The No. 8 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer team played their home opener Wednesday evening when they hosted the Brock Badgers at University Stadium. The Hawks improved their record to an undefeated 2-0-1 besting the Badgers 3-1.
Last season's OUA scoring leader Emily Brown, of Waterloo, Ont., opened the scoring for the Hawks in the 23rd minute after receiving a great feed from Oakville, Ont., native Julie Maheu. The goal was Brown's first of the season but she added a second in the 84th minute. 
Also netting her first goal of the season was second year midfielder Katie Bishop of Surrey, B.C. Her goal came three minutes after Brown's first on a penalty kick.
The Hawks looked like they were going to earn a third straight shutout until the very end of the game when Brock was awarded a penalty kick. Cailyn Durish of Welland, Ont., made no mistake on the shot to break Laurier's shutout bid.
The win puts the Hawks atop the OUA West early in the season, they will try to maintain that position Saturday when they travel to Windsor to take on the Lancers. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Alumni Field.

Source: Laurier Sports Info

Carleton @ Queen's

KINGSTON, Ont. - The No. 2 Gaels (2-0) downed the Carleton Ravens (2-1) 1-0 on West Campus with a goal from rookie striker Tara Bartram (Vancouver) on their only shot of the game.
 
The Ravens dominated possession through 45 minutes on Wednesday, but the Gaels keeper Madison Tyrell (White Rock, B.C.) stopped all four of Carleton's first-half shots.
 
Bartram broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, finding the back of the net from six yards out on a Gaels corner. Tyrell held out in the second half, making three more saves for the clean sheet.
 
Scoring the Gaels only goal against RMC last week, Bartram has both of the Queen's goals so far this season.
 
The 2-0 Gaels are on the road this weekend, playing the no. 4 Ottawa Gee-Gees Saturday at 6pm and the 0-2 Trent Excalibur Sunday at 1pm.

Source: Queen's Sports Info

Sept. 3 Laurentian @ Nipissing

The Nipissing Lakers women’s soccer team overcame a 2-0 deficit to draw the Laurentian Voyageurs 2-2 in their home opener.

The Voyageurs took the early lead when they scored two goals six minutes apart on netminder Carlee Bennard, despite the Lakers having a number of good chances up the field.

The second half saw a different Nipissing team take the field as they began to force the play more, something head coach David Bitonti stressed over half time.

“We got back to our game plan,” Bitonti said. “We wanted to force them up the middle and take advantage of their miscues.”

He said the team was able to connect passes and started making plays and that contributed to the chances on the Laurentian net.

Nipissing took advantage when Stefanie Giftopoulos scored at the 53 minute mark to cut the score in half.

The momentum swing gave the Lakers even more energy and with time winding down Kelly Dunk netted the tying goal at the 86 minute mark for the Lakers.

“Kelly is our other goalie but she is also able to play up top,” said Bitonti. “She’s scored every game for us.”

She was also named the MVP of the game for the Lakers.

Bitonti said the comeback by the Lakers says a lot about the team.

“We got behind the eight-ball to start the game and we were able to turn the tide,” he said.

The tie gives the Lakers a 1-0-1 record so far this season.

Nipissing plays the University of Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 7.
 
Source: Nipissing Sports Info