By Mike Beasley
September 28, 2013, Ottawa, ON – Both the Carleton Raven’s Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams emerged victorious over Nipissing Saturday, the men winning 2-1, while the women earned a 4-0 shut-out.
It was men’s soccer Alumni Day on Saturday afternoon at Ravens Field.
Memories of past wins and losses filled the conversations of the many ex-players that attended the Ravens-Nipissing Lakers contest.
The members of previous Ravens’ rosters cheered on the current edition and had plenty to cheer and sing about as Carleton edged Nipissing 2-1 in a spirited affair.
“Nipissing is a hard team to play against they compete and work hard,” said Sandy Mackie, Ravens head coach.
“We (Carleton) had about nine quality scoring chances against Nipissing in the first half but we kept kicking the ball right at their goalkeeper. As the season winds down, it’s imperative that we execute better.”
The Ravens were on the hunt for a win against the Lakers after Nipisssing and Carleton played to a scoreless draw last Sunday in North Bay.
Nipissing took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute courtesy of a bad bounce that hopped over the outstretched hands of Ravens goalkeeper, Travis Chace.
Striker Andrew Latty (Ottawa, ON) replied for Carleton seven minutes later (40th) on a brilliant header to even the score 1-1.
It was Latty’s 7th marker of the season.
Mackie made several bold moves during the match substituting veterans Joey Kewin, Mekonen Lovemore-White and Latty for indifferent play.
“Every player on our team has to contribute and perform, if they don’t, I won’t hesitate in making changes,” explained the veteran coach.
The moves paid off as the Ravens played with a new found energy and controlled the game for long stretches in the second half.
Carleton’s hard work and perseverance paid off when F Alex Cosovic (Toronto, ON) deposited the winning goal past the Lakers goalkeeper in the 83rd minute.
“I took the ball down, saw an opening in the goal and finished it off,” said Cosovic.
“It was a nice feeling to come from behind, the subs gave us a new energy which we fed off and used to our advantage.”
Carleton’s record improves to 5-1-2 in the OUA East division while Nipissing drops to 2-5-1.
The Ravens and Laurentian Voyageurs will meet up at Ravens Field on Sunday, September 29. Game time is 3:15
In the women’s match up, Saturday’s performance by the Carleton Ravens was as bright and brilliant as the weather.
The OUA East women’s soccer game was played under ideal conditions as blue skies, warm temperatures and sunshine was the order of the day as the Ravens shutout the Nipissing Lakers 4-0
It was Carleton’s second victory over Nipissing in less than week.
Last Sunday at North Bay, the Ravens knocked off the Lakers 8-1.
Samantha Nealon (Ottawa, ON) led the Ravens with two goals. Emma Landry (Ottawa, ON) and Andrea Way (Navan, ON) had the other Carleton markers.
“All the girls played well today,” said Sophie Lecot-Hearn, Ravens assistant head coach.
“It was nice to see all the players come off the bench, get a chance to play and contribute. It’s a very important step to get everybody involved and accumulate playing time as we move forward into October.”
The Ravens held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first half with goals by Nealon (7th, 22th) and Landry (28th).
Way scored in extra time, to give Carleton the 4-0 win and remain unbeaten at Ravens Field this season.
The Ravens improve their record to 6-2-1 and 19 points in the OUA East division.
With the loss, Nipissing record falls to 1-5-3.
The Ravens are back in action on Sunday afternoon, September 29 when they take on the Laurentian Voyageurs. Game time at Ravens Field is 1:00PM.