CIS women’s soccer Saturday roundup: Ravens hand No. 1 Gee-Gees first loss of the season


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Trent 0 Laurentian 0 Final
RMC 1 Ryerson 1 Final

Source: Andrea Elliott, Ryerson Sports Info

TORONTO – The Ryerson Rams women’s soccer teamracked up 13 second half shots and dominated the second frame butcould not find a game-winner, settling for a 1-1 draw against theRMC Paladins on Saturday afternoon.

RMC’s Lisa Udegbunam (Mississauga, Ont.) scored her thirdgoal of the season in just the seventh minute of play when sheheaded home a free ball in the box following a strong throw fromthe touch line from Mackenzie Brauer (Ajax, Ont.


The Paladins took the lead into the second half but followingthe half time break RMC began to sit back defensively and give theRams plenty of room to go to work.

Rams defender Hanna Park (Markham, Ont.), moved up into a moremidfield/attacking role this afternoon, got the Rams on the boardin the 65th minute. It took Park two chances to finish, but afterhitting the cross bar with her first header, she followed it intothe box and headed home the rebound.

The final five minutes saw opportunities for each team to find agame winner but the Rams had the best chance when Karena Evans(Pickering, Ont.) was hauled down in the box in the 87th minute andawarded a penalty kick. Nicole Paiva (Waterloo, Ont.) stepped tothe dot but Paladins keeper Alexandria Hogg (Ottawa, Ont.) was upto the task and saved the game for RMC.

The Rams (3-7-2) were looking for the three points with avictory on Saturday to gain some separation in the standings, butinstead remain just one point ahead of the Paladins and NipissingLakers as Ryerson clings to the final playoff position.

Despite not getting the victory, head coach Kevin Souter waspleased with his team’s ability to come back from an earlygoal against and dominate in the second half.

“It’s unfortunate we couldn’t find the gamewinner but in the big picture that’s not what it’sabout. It’s about growing as a team and developing andwe’re certainly on the right track.”

Ryerson returns to the field on Sunday, October 13 for theirfinal home game of the season against the Queen’s Gaels at12:00 p.m.

Queen’s 1 No. 10Toronto 1 Final

Source: Jill Clark, Toronto Sports Info

TORONTO – The No. 10 University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’ssoccer team tied the Queen’s Gaels 1-1 on Saturday afternoon (Oct.12) at Varsity Centre.

Toronto’s second straight tie sees them remain in second placein the OUA East division with an 8-2-3 record with three regularseason games to go.

Second-year striker LaShaunna Harper opened the scoring in theonly the second minute of the match, as she potted her third goalof the season.

The Gaels evened the score in the 38th minute as Melissa Jungheaded the ball into the net.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the secondhalf. Third-year goalkeeper Sara Petrucci (Bolton, Ont.) made threesaves on the day.

The Varsity Blues return to action tomorrow afternoon (Oct. 13) asthey host the RMC Paladins at Varsity Centre. Game time is set for1 p.m.

The University of Toronto is the proud host of the 2013 CISwomen’s soccer championship, November 7-10, at Varsity Centre.

Waterloo 2 Windsor 3 Final Brock 0 No. 4Western 5 Final

Source: Serena Quinn, Western Sports Info

LONDON, Ont. – A hat trick from Jaynie Vandewalle propelled theundefeated Western Mustangs women’s soccer team to a 5-0 shutoutvictory over the Brock Badgers on Saturday afternoon at Huron FlatsField.

“It’s a good result playing at home, and we’re really happy withthe game,” said Mustangs head coach Martin Painter. “It’s a goodconfidence builder with three games to go.”

Vandewalle’s three goals were also the first three of the game,scoring at the 30, 45, and 73 minute marks. Mustangs Krista Lee andAdrianna Giuffre also added a goal each to further the lead andcontribute to the win.

With the win, the CIS No. 4 Mustangs hold an 8-0-5 record in theOUA West Division good for first place in the standings. TheBadgers now fall to a record of 2-7-4 on the 2013 season sofar.

Saturday’s game was the second of the season between the twosquads, having met late last month in St. Catharines where theMustangs claimed a 2-1 victory.

In the opening half the Mustangs applied strong offensivepressure to keep the Badgers in their end of the field. DespiteBrock’s efforts to move the ball down field, the Mustangs were ableto maintain their offensive pressure, allowing Vandewalle to putthe Mustangs on the scoreboard in the 30th minute and give Westerna 1-0 advantage. The purple and white furthered the lead whenVandewalle racked up her second goal of the game giving theMustangs a 2-0 advantage going into the break.

In the second half the Mustangs continued to come out strong,pressing the Badger’s defence for the majority of the half. In the73rd minute Vandewalle tallied her third goal of the game, securingthe Mustangs lead at 3-0.

The Mustangs however, continued to fire off shots on Badgersgoaltender Alexa Jackman, and at the 82nd minute Lee netted thefourth goal of the game and Guiffre scored the fifth and final gameof the contest a few minutes later to give Western a 5-0victory.

The Mustangs are back in action Sunday, October 13, as theytake to their home turf at Huron Flats Field to face-off againstthe Laurier Golden Hawks at 1:00 p.m.

Laurier 2 York 1 Final

Source: Ed Michel, York Sports Info

TORONTO – The York University Lions women’s soccer team droppeda tough 2-1 decision on Saturday (Oct. 12) to the Laurier GoldenHawks at York Stadium.

The loss moves the Lions to 3-4-6 on the season and dropsthem into seventh place in the OUA West standings with three gamesremaining. They are currently two points out of a playoff spot butdo have a game in hand over the sixth-place McMaster Marauders.

Though the first half would end in a draw, it would not befor lack of opportunity. York’s first scoring chance came in the10th minute off of a Shannon Wood (Brampton, Ont.) free kickattempt in front of the Golden Hawks goal. Wood’s shot was markedfor the back of the net but goalkeeper Maggie Carmichael (Orono,Ont.) would just get enough of the ball on a desperate diving saveto knock it over the crossbar.

Sarah Wong (Toronto) threatened again for the Lions,launching a laser shot at Carmichael to force yet another leapingsave. The onslaught of offence had Laurier pinned deep, and theLions generated another scoring opportunity out of a scramble thatwould just miss wide right.

York’s aggressive play sacrificed a fast break the oppositeway, however, as Laurier’s Julie Maheu (Oakville, Ont.) sneakedpast the Lions defence for a breakaway on goaltender Sarah Fiorini(Newmarket, Ont.). But as Maheu went to shoot the ball, Fiorini’ssliding save attempt instead resulted in an illegal tackle outsidethe 18-yard box. Fiorini received a red card on the play and had toleave the game, and Vanessa Sansone (Toronto) would take her placein net.

Sansone would settle in nicely, retaining the 0-0 draw atbreak.

As action re-opened in the second half, Laurier looked totest the new goalkeeper. Relying on a quick opening surge, EmilyBrown (Waterloo, Ont.) attacked the net and fired a shot pastSansone just three minutes into the second, giving the Golden Hawksa 1-0 lead.

Laurier continued to test Sansone, as Katie Bishop (Surrey,B.C.) launched three straight free kick attempts at the goalkeeperto no avail. Instead, it would be York’s Dina Ricco (Bolton, Ont.)who would take the ball the opposite way and curl a beautifultop-shelf shot of her own to tie the game at 1-1 in the 77thminute.

The momentum was short lived, however, as Bishop finallyconverted, deking out a York defender and notching the go-aheadgoal in the 87th minute. The 2-1 lead would hold as the eventualfinal.

Sansone finished with four saves on six shots, whileCarmichael also made four saves on five shots.

The Lions travel to Oshawa, Ont., on Wednesday (Oct. 16) toface the UOIT Ridgebacks at Vaso’s Field, starting at 6pm. Theywill return to York Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 19) to host theWindsor Lancers on the final weekend of the regular season.

No. 1Ottawa 1 Carleton 4 Final

Source: Mike Beasley, Carleton Sports Info

OTTAWA – The longstanding losing skid against the OttawaGee-Gees is finally over for the Carleton Ravens.

It all came crumbling down for Ottawa as Carleton defeated theGee-Gees for the first time EVER with a dominating 4-1win at RavensField on Saturday afternoon.

Carleton had suffered through more than 40 plus games of losing tothe cross town rival in women’s soccer before their groundbreaking victory.

The Gee-Gees have had a stranglehold in head to head meetings withCarleton since Ottawa started a women’s soccer program backin 1994.

But that record is now a thing of the past with Carleton’sbig win.

“I’m very happy for the girls, it’s a fantasticfeeling to get that first win over Ottawa,” said Alex McNutt,Ravens head coach.

“It’s a huge victory for us and to do it in such aconvincing fashion is a bonus as we (Carleton) move forward to theplayoffs.”

The Ravens offensive attack was led by Abby Nicastro (Ottawa, ON)who struck for two goals. The second year forward opened thescoring in the 45th minute then capitalized on a penalty kick, 4minutes into the second half.

Nicastro’s regained Carleton’s momentum after Ottawa(47th) scored to tie the game at one goal apiece.

“I knew that penalty kicks are so important to take advantageof whenever you get the opportunity to take one, said Nicastro.

“I wasn’t nervous at all when I was waiting to take thekick, I felt pretty confident and knew that if I scored, it wouldchange the flow of the game and set the momentum back in ourfavour.”

Nicastro was 100% right as Carleton continued to press and wasrewarded with another two goals.

Adrianna Ruggiero (Markham, ON) (80th) and Sarah Royer (Lethbridge,AB) (87th) filled the Gee-Gees net for the Ravens en route to theirhistoric victory.

“It felt great to score the third goal of the game,”said Ruggiero.

“Before the match we spoke about how much we wanted to beatthe Gee-Gees and continue our unbeaten record at home. It ended upbeing a great day for us.”

With the win Carleton (8-2-4) jumps into second place in the OUAEast division with 28 points. The Ravens have 1 more point thanToronto (8-2-3) but the Varsity Blues have a game in hand overCarleton.

With the Carleton victory the Gee-Gees (10-1-3) suffered theirfirst loss of the season. Ottawa leads the division with 33 pointsafter 14 games.

Carleton closes out their regular season next weekend with a pairof home games. On Saturday October 19 the Ryerson Rams will visitRavens Field. Game time is 5:45PM. The Ravens then tackle theUniversity of Toronto Varsity Blues at 1:00PM on Sunday, October20.

No. 6UBC 3 Lethbridge 0 Final

Source: Lethbridge Sports Info

Lethbridge – The CIS sixth ranked UBC Thunderbirdsremained undefeated on the season with a 3-0 win over theLethbridge Pronghorns.

Madison Guy, Christina Donnelly and Kym Van Guynhoven scored forthe Thunderbirds, while Emily Wilson made two saves to earn herthird clean sheet of the season.

Taylor Thomas suffered the loss in the ‘Horns net making sevensaves.

Having only surrendered one goal against all season, theThunderbirds didn’t take long to get the only goal they would need.Before the match was even two minutes old, Guy’s header off aTaylor Shannik corner kick put the visitors up 1-0.

While the T-Birds controlled much of the pace in the opening half,the ‘Horns back line held strong limiting the Thunderbirds to sevenshot attempts and trapping the T-Birds into attack stoppingoffsides.

Thomas made a pair of saves to keep the ‘Horns within one,including a penalty. After Nicole Sydor was taken down in the box,Thomas dove to right to stop Sydors low drive from the penaltyspot.

While their chances were limited the ‘Horns threatened a pair oftimes. Jaime Nadeau’s cross deep into the T-Birds box wentunchallenged and Meagan Welby played a ball into the box off astrong run but Kayla Faszer shot sailed over the bar.
From another set piece, the Thunderbirds doubled their leadwith Christina Donnelly taking a free kick from 35-yards out andplacing the shot over Thomas’ outstretched arms, top corner.

Substitute Kym Van Duynhoven rounded out the scoring in the 86thminute.

With the win the Thunderbirds improve to 6-0-3 on the season andwill travel to Calgary face the Dinos tomorrow afternoon. The lossdrops the ‘Horns to 0-8-2 on the season and the ‘Horns willconclude the home portion of the season tomorrow afternoon, hostingthe Trinity Western Spartans.

TrinityWestern 1 Calgary 0 Final

Source: Lindsay Franco, Calgary Communications

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos women’s soccer teamwas shut out by the Trinity Western Spartans on Oct. 12 in a 1-0game at West Varsity Pitch.

On a cool, windy Saturday afternoon on the University of Calgarycampus, the Dinos returned home after two straight weekends on theroad and securing a playoff spot for the first time since 2008.

In the first half, the play was dominated by the Spartans for themajority of the 45 minutes. In the first 15, the first majoropportunity to score came from Trinity Western when a cross fromthe far corner of the field found the head of Krista Gommeringerbut it sailed wide.

Later in the frame, a cross from defender Colleen Webber madeit’s way to Gommeringer once again and she made no mistake thistime, finding the low left corner of the net to score the first,and only, goal of the game. The other assist came from defenderJenn Castillo, which would eventually be the game winner.

In the second half, the Spartans continued to dominate in Calgary’send and a second goal in the game almost came to fruition whenGommeringer once again had an opportunity to head it into the backof the net. The cross bar was the Dinos saviour on the shot.

As the game was winding down, Calgary finally began to put on thepressure. A run up the sidelines from Nikki Furukawa allowed her tocross it through the six-yard box and past Trinity Westerngoalkeeper Rachel Bedek. Ann Stranges ended up on the other side ofthe net, and although it was wide open, her shot went high and overthe cross bar.

The Dinos will take on the UBC Thunderbirds in their second lastgame of the regular season at 12 p.m. on Sunday.

No. 7Saskatchewan 0 Victoria 1 Final

Source: Ali Lee, Victoria Communications Officer

VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccerteam hung on to their fourth-minute goal to upset the No. 7Saskatchewan Huskies 1-0 at Centennial Stadium on Oct. 12. Thefinal home game for the Vikes improved their home record to 6-0 andthere conference record to 8-2-0, while the Huskies drop 7-2-2.

Third-year striker Emma Greig has started to find her scoring touchas last season’s Canada West leading goal scorer has now tallied agoal in each of the last four games. Greig notched the lone goal ofthe match in the opening minutes of play to help the Vikes securetheir undefeated home streak, while fifth-year netminder TanyaJones came up big with her third shutout of the season.

For the Huskies Jenelle Zapski was named her team’s MVP as thestriker was the most lethal striker up front, adding three ofSaskatchewan’s six shots. Second-year goalkeeper Lisa Evans was thestrongest defensive presence contending with 13 Victoria shots andmaking five key saves in the match.

The Vikes got on the board in the fourth minute after Greig laidthe ball wide right for Carly Branion-Calles, who served the ballback to into the box. Greig got some good air to get a head on theball. Evans made the first save but the ball popped loose and Greigwas able to race in and slot the ball across the goal line for the1-0 lead.

Offensive attack favoured the Vikes who out-shot the Huskies 8-3 inthe opening frame. In the 15th minute Branion-Calles deliveredanother good service into the box from the right side that seniorJacqueline Harrison got a touch on. Harrison’s half-volley wentjust wide of the net despite some good area coverage by Evans.

In the 17th minute the Huskies had their best chance of the gamewhen fifth year Leanne Mylymok blasted a shot from outside the18-yard-box with her left foot. On pace for the top corner of thenet, Jones made a diving one-handed save to keep Saskatchewan offthe board.

The Vikes had another close attempt when Jaclyn Sawicki beat threeplayers one-on-one and slotted the ball to Harrison in thesix-yard-box. Harrison calmly moved the ball further across the boxto Hoetzel, whose one-time shot was saved at point-blank range byEvans.

The Vikes entered the second half with a 1-0 lead and continued toedge the Huskies, putting up five shots to Saskatchewan’s three inthe second half. The Huskies had a flurry of corner kicks but wereunable to convert. Zapski tested Jones in the remaining minutes ofthe match hoping for the equalizer but her first shot went high andthe next was saved by Jones.

Greig’s goal stood as the lone tally for the match as the Vikescompleted their home sweep for the regular season and now improveto 8-2-0, while the Huskies drop 7-2-2. Up next the Vikes will hitthe road to face both Manitoba and Winnnipeg next weekend, Oct.18-19, while the Huskies host a single-header with UNBC on Oct.20.

Regina 2 UFV 2 Final

Source: UFV Sports Info

Chilliwack, BC – The University of the Fraser Valley Cascadeswomen’s soccer team tied the University of Regina Cougars,2-2, in a critical battle for both the Canada West playoffs and thestandings on Saturday night in Chilliwack. There are stillnine teams vying for eight post season berths and tonight’stie enables the Cascades an opportunity to still move ahead ofRegina in the final standings after next weekend. UFV nowsports a 3-4-3 record for 12 points, while Regina improves theirrecord to 4-5-2 for 14 points. The Cascades have two matchesremaining next weekend, while the Cougars have one. Tonight’s tie keeps Mount Royal’s slim hopes alive theyare at 10 points and currently in 9th place in thestandings.

Tonight’s game was an excellent fast paced match betweentwo teams coming off tough Friday night defeats. Bothdefenses were at their best tonight as both coaches went with anoffensive game plan. The game opened with both teamsattacking looking to score the first goal of the match. Earlyon the Cougars controlled the play as UFV’s goalkeeper KaylaKlim, Burnaby, BC made several saves to keep the matchscoreless. Regina kept the pressure up and at the 17th minutetheir hard work paid off with the game’s first tally, asMeagan Cormier, Regina, SK stole the ball off a Cascade midfielderand broke in alone and beat Klim to the left side.

The goal seemed to motivate UFV as they started to control theplay and 15 minutes later tie the match as Danica Kump, Surrey, BCset up Amanda Carruthers, Calgary, AB in front of the Regina netoff a corner kick, and Carruthers made no mistake in beating theCougars goalkeeper Kacey Fee, Prince Albert, SK. The Cascadeskept the pressure on the Regina back four and scored the go aheadgoal six minutes later on a 35 yard shot by Tristan Corneil,Surrey, BC that floated over Fee into the Cougar net.

As the second half started, Regina changed goalkeepers, asStephanie Possberg, Humboldt, SK was inserted in the Cougarnet. Possberg played well shutting out UFV in the second halfand giving her team an opportunity to get back in thematch. The Cougars tied the match midway through the half ona goal by Tayler Firth, Regina, SK. The rest of the match wasplayed in the middle of the park, both teams had shots on goal butno real golden opportunities to score the winning goal.

“Disappointed to drop points at home. Felt we did enough to winthe game; however we paid the price for starting frantically andgetting caught on a counterattack. After we settled into the game Ifelt we were the better team and had opportunities to score. Weneed to put teams away when we are leading in the second half andoutplaying our opponents,” said UFV head coach RobGiesbrecht.

Klim recorded five saves for UFV, Fee and Possberg also recordedfive saves for Regina. Carley Radomski, Langley, BC was namedthe UFV “player of the match” and Cormier wasnamed the Cougars “player of the match.”

“Carley Radomski had another strong game in midfield and Ifelt Carly Neeson was an attacking threat for good pieces of thegame. Fifth year Danika Snook once again put in a very hardworkingperformance in her last home game,” commented Giesbrecht.

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