University of Ottawa Media
August 19, 2013, Ottawa (ISN) – The University of Ottawa Women’s Soccer team travelled to the University of Vermont on Saturday, August 17th to play against the NCAA Division 1 team. Coming out on top with a score of 3-1, the Gee-Gees showed early signs of being a competitive team this season.
Falling down 1-0 early in the first half, the Gee-Gees tied it up at the end of the half with a penalty kick by fifth-year Krista Draycott. Going into half with a score of 1-1, the Gee-Gees made some substitutions, including the debut for rookie goaltender Julia McDonald. Assistant coach Stuart Barbour was pleased with the way McDonald played, saying that she was a “nice introduction to the team.”
At the 51 minute mark, second-year striker Vanessa MacMillan put her name on the score sheet with a goal which put uOttawa up 2-1. Three minutes after the goal from MacMillan, first-year striker Faythe Lou scored her first goal as a Gee-Gee, which would be the final goal of the game as the Gee-Gees took the victory with a score of 3-1.
“It was a promising result against a good and talented opponent,” said Gee-Gees head coach Steve Johnson. Having only trained and practiced for a couple days prior to the game, Johnson was pleasantly surprised with the way the team played. “We looked better than expected, it being so early in camp, and the team made good adjustments to their [Catamounts] play in the second half.”
Next up for the Gee-Gees as training camp continues is a pair of exhibition games starting Friday, August 23rd against the Laval Rouge et Or at Matt Anthony Field. Ottawa will also host the Montreal Carabins on August 25th, both games are at 6:15 p.m.