W-Soccer Roundup: Queen's and Ottawa draw, both remain undefeated

W-Soccer Roundup: Queen's and Ottawa draw, both remain undefeated
HAMILTON, Ont. - Recapping the OUA women's soccer action from the weekend

Sept. 8 RMC @ Carleton

The Carleton Ravens women’s soccer team opened up the home portion of the regular season on Sunday afternoon with a hard fought 2-1 victory over the visiting RMC Paladins.

The Ravens entered the game looking to get back in the win column after suffering a 1-0 setback to Queen’s last Wednesday.

Midfield Nicole Filipow (Edmonton, AB) led the way offensively for the Ravens with a pair of goals (11th, 32nd) to give Carleton their third win of the year.

“I capitalized on my scoring opportunities against RMC,” said Filipow. “That’s something we (Carleton) will have to do this season if we want to be successful.

The Paladins (0-4) remain winless this season after losses to Queen’s, Ottawa, Trent and now Carleton.

“I liked our first 45 minutes of play but I think that we made it a little difficult for ourselves in the second half,” said Alex McNutt, Ravens head coach.

Carleton was cruising along with a 2-0 lead with less than 15 minutes to play in the match until the Paladins got on the scoreboard in the 77th minute to cut into the Ravens lead 2-1.

There was an anxious moment in the game when Ravens goalkeeper Anna Morsky had to leave the contest with an injury.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native started the second half for Carleton after taking over from Elizabeth MacDougall.

Carleton (3-1) will now prepare for a Wednesday night showdown with cross town rival, Ottawa Gee-Gees.

It will be their first matchup since Ottawa defeated Carleton 1-0 in last season’s OUA East semi-final.

“Wednesday night’s game against Ottawa is going to be a battle but I really like our chances and excited to see how he respond,” said McNutt.

Ottawa’s record is 3-0-1 for 10 points after four games while Carleton is nipping at their heels at 3-1-0 and 9 points.

The Ravens have a couple of days to prepare for their next game which is scheduled for Wednesday night September 11 against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Game time at Matt Anthony Field is 7:00 p.m.

Source: Carleton Sports Info

Queen's @ Trent

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (September 8, 2013) - The No. 2-ranked Queen's Gaels played to a 3-1 win over Trent in OUA women's soccer action at Trent University, Sunday. With the 3-1 win, they move to 3-0-1 at the beginning of the season and are now tied with Ottawa for first place in the OUA east division.

The Gaels put the first point on the board in the 22nd minute of play with Savannah Meyer-Clement (Markham,Ont.) scoring the first goal. There were no other goals scored in the first half.

The second half saw the Gaels Breanna Burton (Ottawa,Ont.) score twice, her first goal in the 52nd minute of play and her second coming 10 minutes later in the 62nd minute of play. Trent closed out the game with a goal of their own by Kelsey White (Kingston,Ont.).

Madison Tyrell (White Rock, B.C.) made two saves for the Gaels, while Emily Webb (Peterborough,Ont.) turned aside 11 shots for Trent. Tara Bartram (Vancouver,B.C.) led the Gaels attack with three shots each, while Carley Dunwoody (Orangeville,Ont.) had two shots for Trent.

The Gaels are back in action next Saturday as they make the trip north to take on the Laurentian Lady Vees.

Source: Queen's Sports Info

McMaster @ Brock

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University women's soccer team (0-1-3 OUA) played to a 1-1 draw at home on Sunday afternoon against the McMaster Marauders (1-1-2 OUA).

The Badgers got the scoring started in the 19th minute of the first half as Nadia Bathish (Keswick, Ont.) collected her first career OUA goal. The goal was scored after Marauders keeper Cristina Abbatangelo misplayed the ball giving Bathish a clean path to an open net.

Early in the second half, McMaster's Allessia Marzilli was given two consecutive yellow cards coming in the 53rd and 54th minutes to put the Marauders down to 10 players on the pitch.

It wasn't until midway through the second half that McMaster scored the equalizer as Stephanie Davis intercepted a pass just inside the box and snuck the ball around the Brock keeper Jenna Vasiliaskas (Burlington, Ont.).

Rookie keeper Vasiliaskas demonstrated some solid goaltending by making 10 saves in the match.

The Badgers will take on the Windsor Lancers (2-2-0 OUA) at home in their next action on Saturday September 14th at 1pm.

Source: Brock Sports Info

Guelph @ Waterloo

The Waterloo women's soccer team's string of bad luck continued on Sunday in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Guelph Gryphons at Warrior Field.  Forward Courtney Whiteside chipped in the game winning goal in injury time to hand Waterloo their fourth straight loss to open the season.

The opening half was all Guelph and they would be rewarded in the 40th minute as Erica Bain would take advantage of a mix up between netminder Lesia Bandura (Kitchener) and her defenders to put the visiting side up 1-0.

Guleph held their lead into the second half before Kaitlyn Barnett (Kitchener) returned from injury and finished off a goal mouth scramble to even the score.  The Warrior tally was set up after a perfect free kick put into the box by Adrienne Goldsworthy (Waterloo).

The two teams exchanged chances down the stretch before Guelph mustered home the winning marker in the dying seconds of injury time.  Bain would be stopped point blank but Whiteside picked up the rebound and put it past a helpless Bandura and defender Kiersten Colbran (Sarnia) who stepped in to help her goalie.

The loss puts Waterloo's record at 0-4 and the black and gold will look for their first win on the road next weekend in Oshawa when they face the UOIT Ridgebacks.

Source: Waterloo Sports Info

Western @ York

Rookie midfielder Charlene D'Mello scored the first goal of her career in the 48th minute to help the York University Lions women's soccer team tie the Western Mustangs 1-1 on Sunday (Sept. 8) at York Stadium.
 
The goal was the team's first of the season and improved the Lions' record to 0-2-2 on the year. For the Mustangs, it was the first game they did not win this season, but they remain undefeated with a 3-0-1 record.
 
Western took the lead immediately in this contest when Amanda Boyle found the back of the net in the first minute of play, her third goal of the season.
 
The Mustangs continued to apply pressure throughout the first half but could not put the ball past Lions goalkeeper Sarah Fiorini (Newmarket, Ont.).
 
The Lions came out flying in the second half and capitalized on the early scoring chance to tie the contest just three minutes into the second frame.
 
They continued to dominate play in the second and nearly got the go-ahead goal on multiple shots. The first came in the 56th minute, when a great scoring chance was negated when the refs called Vanessa Sansone (Toronto) offside.
 
The Lions nearly scored twice in the dying minutes of the game. In the 84th minute, Francesca Pedulla (Richmond Hill, Ont.) had a great shot on net but Western goalkeeper Tori Edgar (Oakville, Ont.) just got her hand on the ball and pushed it wide. Three minutes later, defender Taylor Lyons (Brampton, Ont.) fired a hard shot at the net from 35 yards out but Edgar managed to just push it over the cross bar and out of harms way.
 
Edgar finished the game with five saves on the six shots she faced, while Fiorini faced five shots and made four saves.
 
The Lions will go for their first win of the season on Friday night (Sept. 13) when they take on the McMaster Marauders on the road at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ont., beginning at 5 p.m. Their next home game is on Sunday (Sept. 15) against the UOIT Ridgebacks at 1p.m.

Source: York Sports Info

UOIT @ Windsor

WINDSOR, Ont. – The UOIT women’s soccer team broke out of an offensive slump in a big way on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Windsor Lancers 5-0 for their first win of the season.

Freshman Cassandra Sribny (Pickering, Ont.) recorded a hat-trick in the win, as she scored the first three goals of her career. This is the first time in UOIT women's soccer history that a player has recorded a hat-trick.

Sierra Bulger (Oshawa, Ont.) also chipped in on the offensive end scoring two goals, including the game-winner eight minutes into the game. Bulger was the Ridgebacks leading scorer last year with five goals in 14 games.

In their first three games of the regular season, UOIT had failed to score a goal despite having a number of great opportunities. Sunday’s performance was a total 180 degree turnaround for the Ridgebacks as they scored four first half goals and cruised to the five goal victory.

Laura Whelan (St. John’s, N.F.) made four saves for the clean sheet, which was her first shutout and win.

Windsor came into Sunday’s game with a lot of confidence as they defeated the nationally ranked Laurier Golden Hawks by a score of 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. Windsor falls to 2-2-0 on the year with the loss.

UOIT improves to 1-2-1 after splitting their weekend series with Western and Windsor. The Ridgebacks will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 13 at home against the Waterloo Warriors. Kick-off is at 6 p.m.

Source: UOIT Sports Info

Nipissing @ Ryerson

TORONTO – The Ryerson Rams women’s soccer team picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, defeating the Nipissing Lakers 1-0 at Monarch Park Stadium.

Nicole Paiva (Waterloo, Ont.) scored her second goal of the season for the only marker of the match in the 21st minute. Forward Karena Evans (Ajax, Ont.) applied pressure to the goalkeeper and a defender on a through ball and forced a turnover which settled right to Paiva who finished it off from about eight yards out.

The victory snapped the Rams losing skid of 13 straight games dating back to last season.

“I asked the girls for three points and a clean sheet today, so they delivered”, said head coach Kevin Souter following the game. “Doesn’t matter how it was delivered but we got the win. I think we played well in the first half…and managed the game well in the second half to help us get the result in the end. We were very disciplined, organized, kept our shape and managed to do the right things at the back and see it through.”

Ryerson outshot the Lakers 7-2 on the afternoon and was able to create several good scoring chances throughout the match.

Just four minutes into the contest Erica Huculak (Barrie, Ont.) sent a header off a corner kick just wide while Emma Abdul (Toronto) sailed a strong strike just over the crossbar in the 44th minute.

In the second half, Sarah Slattery (St. Catharines, Ont.) connected for a header but her attempt went wide of the right post in the 47th minute before Huculak blasted a free ball attempt from the top of the box off the wall of Nipissing defenders.

Nipissing’s best chance came in the dying moments as Kelly Dunk (Guelph, Ont.) challenged Ryerson keeper Rebecca Petrocelli (Woodbridge, Ont.) for a ball in the air. Dunk came away with the ball but her shot was kicked aside by a sliding Katrina Gonyea (Aurora, Ont.) to preserve the Ryerson lead.

Ryerson (1-3-0) returns to the field next Sunday, Sept. 15 when they take on the Toronto Varsity Blues at Toronto’s Varsity Centre starting at 1:00 p.m.

Source: Ryerson Sports Info

Laurentian @ Toronto

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw with the Laurentian Voyageurs on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Varsity Centre.
 
The Blues move to 1-2-1, while Laurentian remains undefeated with a 2-0-2 record so far in 2013 OUA East division action.
 
U of T outshot Laurentian 4-2 in the match, with Blues rookie midfielder Claudia Piazza (Brampton) registering a game-high two shots.  Toronto also had seven corner opportunities, compared to the Voyageurs two, but neither team was able to convert.
 
The Blues opened the match with two corner kicks and Blues leading scorer Aisha Lewis almost found the back of the net, but her rebound rang off the cross bar. Laurentian put on the pressure on the last play of the first half, but Blues goalkeeper Sara Petrucci came up with two stops to keep is scoreless at the half.
 
U of T had a couple of chances early in the second half that saw first-year defender Christine Mulligan (Vancouver) send a header just wide of the net and Lewis boot the ball just over the cross bar.

The Varsity Blues return to action this Wednesday night (Sept. 11) as they host the Trent Excalibur at Varsity Centre. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
 
The University of Toronto is the proud host of the 2013 CIS women's soccer championship, Nov. 7-10, at Varsity Centre.

Source: Toronto Sports Info

Sept. 7 Queen's @ Ottawa

The top two teams of the OUA East division went head to head on Saturday, as the No. 2 Queen's Gaels and the No. 4 Ottawa Gee-Gees played to a scoreless draw.

Early in the game Queen's came out with all guns blazing quickly taking two shots on net in the first five minutes of play and dominated the first 10 minutes of the game.  The Gee-Gees defence quickly got their act together by blocking passes and ensuring coverage to stop Queen's from infiltrating their wall. Defensemen and ex-Gael, Chantal McFetridge had a great game playing her former team as her coverage over striker Brenna Burton was on point. Moreover Chantal’s accurate passes to the forward line were key to the survival of uOttawa, allowing the forwards to move up and apply pressure. McFetridge played for Queen's while completing her undergraduate and is now playing against the team she once called her own.

When asked about how she felt about facing Queen's she said, “A lot of people ask me if it’s weird to play against my old team but for me it's not novel, but it’s nice to see them and play against them."

The rest of the first half went back and forth with both teams having possession of the ball. By the end of the first half the Gee-Gees got their first real opportunity when awarded a direct kick after being tackled numerous times by Queen's. The shot narrowly missed the mark and shortly thereafter the half time whistle blew.

The second half of the game was a real nail bitter,  as both teams struggled to maintain command on the field grew between both teams. The garnet and gray put much more pressure offensively, out-shooting Queen's four to two.  At the 55-minute mark , Queen's player Melissa Jung found her way through the Ottawa defence making it a one on one against goalkeeper Cynthia Leblanc who did an incredible job challenging the ball and stealing a great opportunity away from Queen's. Towards the end of the second half uOttawa fought their hearts out, gaining momentum from the speed of Sarah de Carufel and intense effort from midfielder Julia Francki. The Gee-Gees saw four corner kicks almost consecutively keeping the fans on their toes in anticipation of a goal. Although it was a scoreless game head coach Steve Johnson stated, “even though we did not do that well in the first half, the attitude was much better and more positive in the second half." 

The Gee-Gees will face the number three-ranked team in the OUA east division, Carleton, on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Matt Anthony Field at 7 p.m.

Source: Ottawa Sports Info

RMC @ Trent

The Trent Excalibur women's soccer team defeated The Royal Military College Paladins on Saturday afternoon at the Justin Chiu stadium 1-0.
 
The Trent Excalibur women played a fierce defence with effective communication and position play against the Paladins. Kelsey White (Kingston, ON), lead the way in the first half playing centre back, shutting out the physical RMC squad. Trent's goalkeeper Emily Webb (Peterborough, ON) made an outstanding save just before half time to keep the game at 0-0.
  
The second half continued with even more aggression. With the timing kept by the refs with the last two minutes of the game, Trent's, Valerie Andrews was taken down in the penalty box. Marika Bravo (Darien, ON) stepped up and scored the winning goal with seconds to spare. Allowing Trent to win their first game 1-0.
 
Trent Excalibur’s women’s soccer team’s next home game at Justin Chiu Stadium will take place Sunday against No.2 Queens Gaels.

Source: Trent Sports Info

UOIT @ Western

LONDON, Ont. – The UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer team opened up their southwestern Ontario weekend road trip with a 3-0 loss to the Western Mustangs.

Western is undefeated this season, as sophomore goalkeeper Tori Edgar has earned shutouts in all three Mustang games. On the other hand, UOIT has failed to score in all three of their games, as they fall to 0-2-1 on the year.

The Mustangs offence was spread out throughout the line-up with three different players scoring goals. Becca Jefferson opened up scoring ten minutes into the game, while Adrianna Giuffre extended the Mustang lead at the 37 minute mark. Paige Howard put the game out of reach with five minutes remaining in the game as she scored her second goal of the season.

UOIT has another tough challenge ahead of them as they square off against the Windsor Lancers (2-1-0) on Sunday afternoon. Windsor is coming off a victory over the nationally ranked Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday.

Source: UOIT Sports Info

York @ Guelph

Guelph, Ont. – The Guelph Gryphons women's soccer team (3-0-0) shutout the York Lions (0-2-1) today 3-0 for their third straight victory of the regular season at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.
 
The rain slowed the Gryphons down today as the turf was more slippery than usual. The slippery conditions slowed a partial breakaway by Breanna Hall (Ottawa, Ont.) as she fell on the play before she was able to take a shot on goal. The game picked up as the rain subsided, and although York remained aggressive they were unable to keep up with Guelph's attack on their goal.
 
Erica Bain (Niagara Falls, Ont.) scored two goals for the Gryphons in the first half, with the first in the 24th minute and the second only 10 minutes later. York was only able to manage two shots on goal, while Guelph managed five in the first half.
 
In the second half of the game the Gryphons refused to let up. Courtney Whiteside (Guelph, Ont.) scored another goal for Guelph in the 53rd minute of play when the Lions goalkeeper lost hold of the ball, putting the score up to 3-0 for the Gryphons. Whiteside lead the team in shots on goal with a total of five, with three of those shots in the second half of the game. Jenny Dunn (West Vancouver, BC.) and Erica Bain both had two shots on goal, putting Guelph up to a total of ten shots on goal throughout the game, with York trailing at only five. 
 
Second-year Gryphon goalie Alex King (Ottawa) earned her third straight shutout making five saves in the winning effort. 
 
The Gryphons hit the field next against the Waterloo Warriors tomorrow (Sept. 8) in Waterloo at 1:00 p.m.

Source: Guelph Sports Info

McMaster @ Waterloo

The McMaster Marauders tallied the one and only goal in the 85th minute to hand Waterloo a 1-0 loss in the opening match of black and gold day on Saturday afternoon.  Over 2,000 first-year students and members of the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club were in attendance for a great day of celebrating soccer in the Waterloo region.

The Warriors stuck with the gritty Marauders side throughout the contest but had a momentary let down in the late going allowing McMaster to take full advantage and secure the three points in the standings. 

The goal came off the head of Taylor Lambert who made a nice deflection past keeper Lesia Bandura (Kitchener) who was solid all day for the black and gold.  Bandura finished the game with eight saves in the loss.  McMaster goalie Christina Abbatangelo was only forced to make three saves for the shutout.

Waterloo soccer would like to thank all who made black and gold day such a huge success including the orientation committee and the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club. 

Source: Waterloo Sports Info

Laurier @ Windsor

WINDSOR, Ont. - The Lancer women's soccer team shut out the Laurier Golden Hawks 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
 
The win brings the Lancers to 2-1 on the season, and equals their total number of regular season wins from just a year ago.
 
The 58th minute goal by rookie midfielder Corinne Robinson helped secure all three points for the Blue & Gold.
 
The first scoring chance of the game went to Laurier, when Julie Mahey found room in the box and laid it off to teammate Kiara Reyes. The shot was blocked by the Lancer defense keeping the score tied at zero.
 
Later in the 29th minute, Robinson had her first scoring chance of the game when she went one on one with the Laurier keeper Katrina Ward. The low shot was going into the bottom left corner before Ward made a great finger tip save pushing the ball on to the post and out.
 
The Lancers and Golden Hawks both had great chances to go into their locker rooms up one, but the half ended 0-0.
 
Windsor's goal came in the 58th after the referee played an advantage giving the Lancers the opportunity to finish off a great team goal.
 
Cara Cirovski played a perfect through ball to Robinson who took it in stride and coolly slotted it home.
 
"The team did a great job in the transition and getting the ball back," said head coach Angelo Verardi. "We had great foresight on the run, and it was great pass by Cara."
 
In the 75th minute, Golden Hawks changed formation in an attempt to put pressure on the Lancers. Windsor, however, stayed strong to hold off the Laurier attack.
 
"We dropped one of our strikers back a bit just to help the midfielders out. We handled it good," said Verardi.

Tara Bernard-Rae earned her second shut out of the season, making two saves in the win.
 
The Lancers will look for their second straight win on Sunday afternoon when they take on the UOIT Ridgebacks at 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Field.

Source: Windsor Sports Info

Laurentian @ Ryerson

TORONTO – The Ryerson Rams women’s soccer team (0-3-0) fell to the visiting Laurentian Lady Vees (2-0-1) by a score of 1-0 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Monarch Park Stadium.

Laurentian’s Julie Lopez (Ottawa, Ont.) notched the game’s only goal in the 76th minute.

On a harmless looking play, Ryerson goalkeeper Rebecca Petrocelli (Woodbridge, Ont.) came out to smother the ball but on the rain-soaked turf she was unable to secure it and Lopez scooped it up and dribbled right to the empty goal line to slide the ball home.

Aside from the goal, Ryerson controlled much of the play throughout the contest. The Rams outshot the Lady Vees 5-3 and earned six corner kicks to Laurentian’s four. The Ryerson defence also forced eight offside calls against the Vees.

“I think we thoroughly deserved a point, if not a win today”, commented head coach Kevin Souter following the game. “It’s disappointing in that aspect but we’re a young team and I think we sometimes need these types of results to fuel the fire a little bit.”

One of the Rams strongest parts of Saturday’s game was the play of the defensive back line which got a boost as Katrina Gonyea (Aurora, Ont.) returned from injury to play her first game of the season.

Both teams had to battle consistent rain throughout the contest, providing additional challenges for the players.

“The first 20 minutes were difficult with puddles on the field. We couldn’t play our game which we had to deal with, but it’s the same for both teams. Our job as soccer players and coaches is to manage that and I think we did a good job”, said Souter.

The Rams return to action in search of their first win of the season on Sunday, Sept. 8 when they host the Nipissing Lakers at 12:00 p.m. at Monarch Park Stadium.

Source: Ryerson Sports Info

Nipissing @ Toronto

Fourth-year striker Aisha Lewis scored in the 56th minute to lead the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 7) at Varsity Centre.
 
With the win, the Blues improve to 1-2-0, while the Lakers sit even at 1-1-1 in the OUA East division.
 
After a scoreless first half, Lewis (Mississauga) notched her second goal of the season, sending a hard shot past Lakers goalkeeper Carlee Bennard (Burlington, Ont.) and into the bottom right corner of the net.
 
The Blues dominated the match, outshooting Nipissing 13-4. Lewis registered four of Toronto's 13 shots, with sophomore striker Christine Zwimpfer (North Vancouver) adding three on the day.
 
Third-year goalkeeper Sara Petrucci of Bolton made four saves in the shut out victory.
 
The Varsity Blues return to the field tomorrow as they host the Laurentian Voyageurs at Varsity Centre. The game will be streamed live at GoBlues.tv starting at noon.

The University of Toronto is the proud host of the 2013 CIS women's soccer championship, Nov. 7-10, at Varsity Centre.

Source: Toronto Sports Info