W-Soccer Roundup: Toronto hands No. 2 Queen's first loss of the season

W-Soccer Roundup: Toronto hands No. 2 Queen's first loss of the season
HAMILTON, Ont. - Recapping the weekend women's soccer action from around the OUA.

September 22
UOIT 2 at Guelph 1
GUELPH, Ont. - The Guelph Gryphons women's soccer team were defeated by the UOIT Ridgebacks at the Gryphon Soccer Complex on Sunday 2-1. The loss pushes the Gryphons to 5-3-0 on the season while the Ridgeback's improve to 2-4-2.
 
The game was closely contested with chances from both sides. Gryphon midfielder Courtney Whiteside  opened the scoring in the first half with a beautiful kick from just outside the box. The Ridgeback's evened the score on a penalty kick due to a handball inside the box in the 26th minute. Despite the tie at half the Gryphons peppered the Ridgeback's keeper, outshooting UOIT 8-3.
 
The Ridgebacks took the lead in the second half after a back and forth start. Gryphon coach Randy Ragan made three substitutions to try and provide some offense. The Gryphons pushed the pace, consistently playing in the Ridgeback's end.
 
Gryphon goalie Alex King was kept busy in the second half, making seven saves.
There was a mad flurry in the opposition's box in the dying moments of the game but unfortunately the Gryphon's could not put the ball in the net. The game ended in a 2-1 defeat for Guelph.
 
The Gryphons look to win their next contest on Wednesday as they play the Waterloo Warriors. The game will again take place at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.  

Source: Guelph Sports Info

Ottawa 1 at Laurentian 0
The Laurentian Voyageurs came within minutes of a scoreless draw with the No. 1 Ottawa Gee-Gees, but conceded a goal in the 90th minute in the 1-0 loss. 

Both halves were a fight for possession between the Gee-Gees and the Voyageurs. Laurentian was able to create a great scoring opportunity off a corner kick in the first half, when Amanda Norrie (Innisfil, ON) gained possession of a free ball at the top of the box and fired a shot at the net. Cynthia Leblanc (Grandby, QC) deflected the shot past the net, stoping the Voyageur’s most prominent opportunity of the half.

Laurentian held off the Gee-Gees fast forward line for the entirety of the game, only giving up four shots and three corners kicks. Unfortunately for the Voyageurs, the Gee-Gees were able to capitalize late in the game, when Corina Jarrett (Ottawa, ON) scored, putting the Gee-Gees up by one to finish the game.

The women now face the Ottawa Gee-Gee’s in Ottawa on September 28th at 1:00pm. 

Source: Laurentian Sports Info  
 
Western 0 at McMaster 0
The Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders played to the brink of their match on Sunday, but both walked away with a scoreless draw.

The result marked the Marauders (3-1-4) fifth clean sheet of the season, and kept them firmly inside the top half of the OUA West division table with 13 points from eight games.

Sunday's matinee was a disjointed one in the opening half, where the two teams quickly settled into a physical contest in midfield, while struggling to establish the linkup play needed to feed their respective strikers.

Anne Yeboah and Emma Mangialardi saw little of the ball in the final third, until Yeboah produced McMaster's clearest chance of the game in the 34th minute. The rookie forward showed her class by taking down a bouncing pass in the penalty area and knocking it into space as she turned. But the finish left something to be desired – and Yeboah cursing her luck – as her uncontested shot hooked skyward.

Neither team found another chance of that calibre before the halftime whistle, although play opened up considerably in the final minutes of the period.

It was the visitors who began to turn the screws as the teams resumed play in the second half, asking constant questions of McMaster's defence. The Marauders drew back as the Mustangs took the intiative in the middle of the park, but the hosts showed their organization in the back as the pressure mounted.

Despite its ascendance, Western could cut out very few clear scoring chances in the face of the McMaster defence. That changed in the final ten minutes of the match, when the Mustangs were finally able to stretch the field.

A well-weighted pass in the 85th minute unlocked striker Lauren Winquist through the middle, and her effort beat McMaster's onrushing goalkeeper Duffey before striking the post and bouncing clear.

The Marauders weathered a final storm in the 90th minute, when a low drive struck Duffey's near post and rolled to an oncoming Mustang midfielder who scooped her effort just over the bar.

The final whistle was a welcome sound for the hosts, who secured a point in yet another low-scoring contest. McMaster has allowed only four goals through eight games in 2013.

The Marauders return to action on Friday, September 27, when they travel to Windsor to battle the Lancers. McMaster will look to cement the season series against Windsor, having beaten the Lancers at Ron Joyce Stadium on September 15.

Source: McMaster Sports Info

Carleton 8 at Nipissing 1
?It was another difficult day on the pitch for the women’s soccer team as the Carleton Ravens beat the Lakers 8-1.

The Lakers coming into the game were a little banged up as several vets were out of the line-up recovering from injury while keeper Carlee Bennard was also on the shelf serving a one game suspension for a red card incurred in the game versus Ottawa.

It was no surprise that the team would face a significant challenge.

It did not take long for Carleton to make this point as they scored in the first minute of play capturing a ball from the midfield and with a few quick touches it found its way to the foot of Abby Niscastro who fired it past keeper Katlyn Quinn. Adrianna Ruggerio would then add two more before the end of the first half.

Carleton’s Andrea Way took the games into her own hands as she wanted nothing to do with a Lakers comeback and she collected a hat trick. The lone goal for the Lakers came late in the game as Valaine Confessor tucked a shot that was saved by the Carleton keeper however she had crossed the goal line in doing so.

The Lakers will have to re-group as they head to the Nation’s Capital to face the same teams this weekend.
 
Source: Nipissing Sports Info
 
Toronto 2 at Queen’s 1
KINGSTON, Ont. (September 22, 2013) - The No. 2 Gaels couldn't make up a two-goal deficit against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Sunday, losing their first game of the season 2-1 at the West Campus Turf Field.
 
The Gaels fell behind in the 24th minute, after Queen's keeper Michaila Frawley made one of her eight saves on the initial shot, and Toronto's Aisha Lewis buried the rebound. The Varsity Blues increased their lead to 2-0 when Nicki Parkes' shot found the top right corner in the 37th minute.
 
Rachel Radu (Ottawa) responded for the Gaels in the 38th minute, finishing a cross from Jennifer Siu (London, Ont.) with a volley past Toronto goalkeeper Sara Petrucci. The Gaels managed nine shots in the game, but were unable to beat Petrucci again to tie things up.
 
The Gaels (4-1-3) play at home next Saturday, when they take on the Trent Excalibur (0-7-1) on the West Campus Turf Field at 1 p.m.

Source: Queen’s Sports Info

Waterloo 1 at Brock 2
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University women's soccer team (1-3-4 OUA) came from behind on Sunday afternoon to pick up their first win of the season by the score of 2-1 over the Waterloo Warriors (0-7-1 OUA).

The Warriors took the lead late in the first half on a goal scored by Tara Butterworth sending the Badgers into halftime trailing 1-0.

Brock answered back in the 75th minute on a goal from freshman Megan Salisbury (Hamilton, Ont.).

The goal will be a memorable one for Salisbury as it is the first in her OUA career and it came off of a perfect cross from senior Lindsay McDonald (Burlington, Ont.) setting up Salisbury for the flawless header. 

The Badgers continued to put pressure on the Waterloo defense late in the second half managing to break through with the go ahead goal in the 87th minute.

The play began with McDonald putting another great cross into the box which was misplayed by Waterloo backup goalkeeper Kala Studens. Kelly Miller (Brantford, Ont.) was right there on the edge of the crease to knock it in for her second goal of the campaign and the game winner.

Brock freshman Jenna Vasiliaskas (Burlington, Ont.) recorded five saves for her first career OUA victory. Warriors starter Lesia Bandura added seven saves, before leaving the game in the 80th minute with a head injury. 

The Badgers will be on the road next Saturday when they take on the Guelph Gryphons (5-3-0 OUA) at 1 p.m.

Source: Brock Sports Info

Ryerson 1 at RMC 0
KINGSTON, Ont. – The Ryerson Rams women’s soccer team defeated the RMC Paladins 1-0 on Sunday afternoon in Kingston.

Sarah Slattery (St. Catharines, Ont.) scored her second goal of the year just six minutes into the contest and the goal stood up as the game-winner.

With the win the Rams improve to 3-4-1 on the season and hold steady in the sixth and final playoff position in the OUA east standings. In three games this week the Rams went 2-0-1 for seven of nine possible points which helped them earn a four point advantage over Nipissing who remains outside the playoff picture.

Karena Evans (Pickering, Ont.) was named the player of the game for the Rams on Sunday and continues to generate chances for Ryerson up front.

Rebecca Petrocelli (Woodbridge, Ont.) earned her second clean sheet of the season in goal for the Rams.

The Rams return to action next Sunday, Sept. 29 when they host the Toronto Varsity Blues at Monarch Park Stadium at noon.

Source: Ryerson Sports Info

York 1 at Laurier 1
WATERLOO, Ont. (September 22, 2013) - The No. 9 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer team played their second game of the weekend Sunday afternoon when they played host to the York Lions. The Hawks looked to have the game wrapped up but a late game equalizer from York made the final a 1-1 draw.
 
The Hawks (4-1-3) drew first blood late in the first half when Emily Brown of Waterloo, Ont., capitalized on a York (2-2-4) bobble and headed home her fourth of the season. Brown's goal, coming in the 44th minute, sent the Hawks to half time with the lead.
 
Laurier fought hard to maintain their single goal lead as a strong defence shut down most of York's opportunities while keeper and Surrey, B.C., native Katrina Ward snatched up the shots that did make it through. 
 
The Hawks also kept up the pressure offensively having several scoring opportunities, including a near break away by Waterloo, Ont., Kayleigh Bell. However, before Bell was able to get into a position where she could get a shot off, she was hauled down by York's Shannon Wood of Brampton, Ont. Wood would receive a Yellow card on the play.
 
Laurier held off the Lions right to the end of regulation time and the win was in sight as they tried hard to maintain ball possession during the two minutes of stoppage time. Despite some great effort from a tired group, the Hawks could not hold off the Lions forever and after just over a minute of stoppage time, Adeife Adekusibe of Nobleton, Ont., was able to knock in the game saving goal to push the game to a 1-1 draw. 
 
The Hawks will now look to Friday when they will host UOIT in a rematch of Saturday's game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and tickets are available at tickets.laurierathletics.com.
 
Source: Laurier Sports Info
 
September 21
Guelph 1 at Windsor 3
WINDSOR, Ont. The Gryphon women's soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss to the Windsor Lancers in Windsor Saturday. The women's record moves to 5-2-0 on the season while the Lancers improve to 3-3-1.
 
Courtney Whiteside (Guelph, Ont.) opened the scoring for Guelph in the 20th minute but the Lancers battled back to take a 2-1 lead before halftime with goals from Giulia Barile and Jacklyn Faraci in the 22nd and 31st minute. Windsor's Brianne Riccardi scored the lone goal in the second half at the 57th minute mark to make the final 3-1 for the Lancers.
 
The Gryphons outshot the Lancers 12-11 in the loss and goalie Alex King made two saves in the loss.

The Gryphons return home Sunday to face the UOIT Ridgebacks at 1:00 p.m. at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

Source: Guelph Sports Info
 
Ryerson 1 at Queen’s 1
KINGSTON, Ont. (September 21, 2013) - The No. 2 Gaels tied the Ryerson Rams 1-1 Saturday afternoon on the West Campus Turf Field with Tara Bartram's (Vancouver) fourth goal of the year.
 
The rainy affair was deadlocked through the first 45 minutes, with the Gaels getting the better of the chances in the first half.
 
Ryerson broke the deadlock in the 69th minute when Nicole Paiva sneaked through the Gaels defense and passed the ball around goalkeeper Michaila Frawley (Victoria) into the net.
 
Bartram responded for the Gaels in the 77th minute, capitalizing on a misplay from Rams' keeper Rebecca Petrocelli by slotting the ball into the empty net.
 
As both teams battled for the go-ahead goal in the dying minutes, Frawley made the play of the game, tipping a Ryerson shot that hit the crossbar, but stayed out. The match ended 1-1.
 
The Gaels (4-0-3) are back in action on Sunday when they take on the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (4-2-1) at 1 p.m. on the West Campus Turf Field.

Source: Queen’s Sports Info

Western 2 at Brock 1
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Brock University's women's soccer team fell to 0-3-4 on Saturday afternoon, in one of four homecoming games for Badger Athletics. The Badgers lost 2-1 to the Western Mustangs.

Lindsay McDonald opened the scoring for Brock in the 15th minute, notching her first goal since the 2011 season. It was also the 6th goal in her OUA career.

Just seven minutes later, Anna Keller evened it up for the Mustangs, beating Badgers keeper Alexa Jackman. Keller now has three goals on three shots this season in Western's lineup.

After both teams traded opportunities in the second half, it was Lauren Winquist who solved Jackman on the Mustangs' 14th shot of the game in the 86th minute to take three points away from Brock.

Jackman was fantastic in net all game for the Badgers, and made countless highlight-reel saves despite the poor weather conditions. She finished the contest with a game-high 13 saves. Western starter Tori Edgar added six saves in the victory.

McDonald's goal was only the second scored against Western all season, and broke a 105-minute scoreless streak for Brock.

The Badgers host Waterloo Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM at Brock, concluding their season-high five game homestand. 

Source: Brock Sports Info
 
Ottawa 7 at Nipissing 1
 
The Nipissing Lakers women’s soccer team did a formidable job of holding off the powerful Ottawa U offence to only one goal in the first half however the Gee-Gees found another gear in the second half scoring six goals to beat the Lakers 7-1.

It was a tale or two halves for the Lakers as a promising first half deteriorated quickly in the second as Ottawa scored two quick goals and Lakers keeper Carlee Bennard was handed a red card as she challenged for a ball.

The Lakers continued to press on without Bennard however the Lakers would concede two more goals before Shannon Russell put the Lakers on the board. Ottawa would add two more after this to gain the lopsided victory.

The Lakers task will not get any easier as the host the Carleton Ravens Sunday at the Education Centre Field.
 
Source: Nipissing Sports Info
 
Laurier 2 at UOIT 1
OSHAWA, Ont. (September 21, 2013) - The No. 9 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer traveled to Oshawa Saturday afternoon after six days off to take on the UOIT Ridgebacks. The Hawks have yet to lose to the Ridgebacks and this game wouldn't be their first as they came away with a 2-1 win.
 
The Hawks (4-1-2) had not allowed a goal against for over 200 minutes coming into Saturday's game but that streak would be cut at the 20 minute mark when the Ridgebacks Nicole Zajac of Mississauga, Ont., slipped her first OUA goal into the Hawks net. 
 
The Hawks made sure not to let UOIT (1-4-2) hold the lead for too long however and at the 35 minute mark midfielder Kiara Reyes of Kitchener, Ont., evened the board with her second of the season.
 
The score remained tied until the 60th minute when Hawks striker and Waterloo, Ont., native Emily Brown notched her third of the season to give the Hawks a one goal advantage. That would prove to be all the Hawks needed as they held out to defeat the Ridgebacks.
 
Laurier won't get to celebrate the win too long as they return to Waterloo to host the York Lions tomorrow afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at University Stadium. Tickets are available at tickets.laurierathletics.com.
 
Source: Laurier Sports Info
 
 Carleton 0 at Laurentian 1
The Laurentian Women’s soccer team beat the Carleton Ravens 1-0 on Saturday.

The Voyageurs started off the game strong, and were able to create offensive pressure from the opening whistle. Carleton countered their opponent’s attack and created opportunities from wing play and long crosses into the Voyageurs’ box. Laurentian’s strong defensive presence kept any threatening shots away from their net, with the half ending tied at 0.

The Ravens dominated the second half, as they maintained possession in the Voyageurs’ half for a fair share of the remaining 45 minutes of the game. Laurentian was able to create a few goal scoring opportunities, however were unable to produce anything until the very last minutes of play. The Voyageurs earned a throw in deep in the Raven’s half, and rookie Heather Gilbert (Newmarket, ON) buried an open ball in the back of the Raven’s net. Her goal put the Voyageurs up by one, giving them their fourth win of the season, and earning goaltender Richele Greenwood (Mississauga, ON) her fourth shutout of the season.
 
The women now face the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Sept. 22nd at noon. 

Source: Laurentian Sports Info
 
Toronto 1 at RMC 0
First-year midfielder Claudia Piazza scored the lone goal of the game as the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women's soccer team defeated the RMC Paladins 1-0 on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 21) in Kingston, Ont.
 
With the win, the Blues improve to 4-2-1, while the Paladins drop to 1-5-1 on the season. 
 
Piazza of Brampton, Ont., scored in the 21st minute, beating RMC goalkeeper Morgan Hartlen.
 
Blues goalkeeper Sara Petrucci of Bolton, Ont., earned her fifth-straight shut out in the victory.
 
The Varsity Blues are back in action tomorrow as they take on the No. 2 Queen's Gaels in Kingston. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Source: Toronto Sports Info  

York 5 at Waterloo 0
Saturday (Sept. 21) marked a triumphant return for second-year striker Nour Ghoneim as a two-goal performance in her first game of the season lifted the York University Lions women's soccer team to a 5-0 victory over the Waterloo Warriors.

Ghoneim (Aurora, Ont.), the reigning CIS rookie of the year, made sure she wasted no time shaking off the cobwebs early, scoring her first goal in just the sixth minute of play on Waterloo goaltender Lesia Bandura (Kitchener, Ont.).

From then on, the fast pace of the Lions would continue as the team exploded for two more first half goals.

Adeife Adekusibe (Nobleton, Ont.) coverted in the 35th minute, her first of the season, while Sarah Wong (Toronto) tapped in another just five minutes later, extending the lead to 3-0 going into break. The goal was Wong's second of the year after tallying the game winner last Sunday against UOIT.

As the women retook the field, Ghoneim made sure to pick up where the team left off, adding her second goal of the day four minutes into the second half.

York goaltender Sarah Fiorini (Newmarket, Ont.) recorded a shutout on the day, saving both shots she faced, and Samantha Furlin (Maple, Ont.) would add a late fifth goal, capping the scoring at 5-0.

With the win, the Lions string together their first win streak of the season, improving to 2-2-3. They return to action on Sunday (Sept. 22) still in Waterloo, Ont., this time against the Laurier Golden Hawks at 1 p.m. They return to York Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5 when they face the McMaster Marauders at 1 p.m.

Source: York Sports Info