Tigers capitalize late to earn fifth-place at CIS Soccer Nationals

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With Photos by Mark Yager (ISN)

November 10, 2012, VICTORIA (CIS) – The Dalhousie Tigers took 75 minutes to score the lone goal that earned them fifth place over the Sherbrooke Vert et Or on Saturday at the CIS women’s soccer championship at Centennial Stadium. Third-year striker Bianca Jakisa was the goal scorer for the Tigers.

“It’s a step forward from where we were last year with a younger group,” said head coach Jack Hutchison. “Generally speaking, a great effort and I’m proud of the girls. We have come a long way this year. Unfortunate in the first game we couldn’t get off the ground but that’s experience and we’re getting more of it and hopefully it will pay off in the future.”

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Sherbrookes Andreanne Gagne makes a move past Dalhousie’s emma Landry (Photo: Mark Yager / Island Sports News)

With both teams competing in their third-straight match in as many days, tired bodies kept play in first-half action limited to the middle of the park. Keepers Elena Waldispuehl, for Sherbrooke, and Taryn McKenna, for Dalhousie, faced two and four first-half shots, respectively.

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Sherbrooke’s Amelie Tremblay (27), slides to take out Dalhousie’s Kristy MacGregor-Bales (Photo: Mark Yager / Island Sports News)

The only clear scoring opportunity came for Sherbrooke’s Chloé Belhumeur Limoges who was sent on a break away by Sabrina Hémond in the 41st minute. Belhumeur Limoges could not put away the shot that was handled well by McKenna.

The game remained scoreless at the break with Sherbrooke having the slight edge in possession over the Tigers.

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Dalhousie’s Beth O’Rielly slides to get the ball first ahead of Sherbrooke’s Stephanie Adam (Photo: Mark Yager / Island Sports News)

Second-half substitute Amélie Tremblay gave the Vert et Or a quick jump start as her intended cross from the left rang off the cross bar less than a minute into the second half.

Jakisa finally relieved the pressure for the Tigers, netting the ball after Elise Bilodeau flicked on a long pass into the box in the 75th minute. Jakisa’s quick shot went over Waldispuehl, who attempted to challenge the shot at the top of the 18-yard box

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Dalhousies Ashley Salvador gets intercepted by Sherbrooke’s Amelie Tremblay (Photo: Mark Yager / Island Sports News)

Sherbrooke pushed for an equalizer in the final minutes of the game but Jakisa’s goal stood as the game-winner that secured Dalhousie a 1-0 win and fifth place at the 2012 CIS championship.

“We weren’t able to score today and are very disappointed with how we finished,” said Sherbrooke head coach Guy Smith. “Credit to the other team because they came out really strong in the second half.”

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Dalhousie’s Megan Willox’s shot deflects off of Sherbrooke goaltender Elena Waldispuehl (Photo: Mark Yager / Island Sports News)

The CIS medal games will take place Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for the bronze (Victoria and Ottawa) and 2:00 p.m. for gold (Queen’s and Trinity Western). Both games will be broadcast live at http://cis-sic.tv

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