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Source: York Sports Info
TORONTO – The University of Waterloo Warriors and WesternUniversity Mustangs won their respective Ontario UniversityAthletics (OUA) field hockey quarter-finals on Friday (Oct. 25) atYork Stadium to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.
The Warriors posted a thrilling 5-4 come-from-behind victory overthe Queen’s Gaels in the first game of the afternoon, whilethe Mustangs topped the visiting Saint Mary’s Huskies fromAtlantic University Sport (AUS) by a score of 6-2 in the secondmatch-up.
With the wins, the two squads will compete in the semis for a spotin the gold-medal final and a berth at the CIS championships nextweekend at the University of Victoria. The Warriors will take onthe top-seeded Toronto Varsity Blues at 12pm, followed by theMustangs against the second-seeded Guelph Gryphons at 2pm.
The Gaels and Huskies will battle for fifth place at 10am.
In Game 1 on Friday, the Warriors came back from deficits of 1-0early and 3-2 at the half for the victory, advancing to the semisfor the fourth straight year. Second-year forward Emily Thomson(Oliver, Ont.) capped the comeback with back-to-back goals in thesecond half, the go-ahead goal in the 58th minute andthe insurance marker just four minutes later.
Queen’s opened the scoring in the game in the 11thminute on a goal by Caitlin Gordon (Richmond, B.C.), but Waterloocame back with goals by Lauren Aitchison (Oxshott, England) andKatie Hauck (Caledon, Ont.) for the 2-1 lead. However, before thehalf Gordon scored her second and Lindsay Bjornson (Surrey, B.C.)added another to give the Gaels a one-goal lead at the break.
The Warriors opened the second with three straight goals to takethe lead for good. In addition to Thomson’s pair, AlanaRaymond (Ajax, Ont.) scored the tying marker in the 45thminute.
Rounding out the scoring for Queen’s was Amber Halcovitch(Apsley, Ont.) in the 66th minute.
In Game 2, the Mustangs and Huskies were tied 2-2 at the half butWestern blew the game open in the second with four unanswered goalsfor the win, advancing to the OUA semifinals for the seventhstraight season. Fourth-year forward Katelynn Roganowicz(Burlington, Ont.) scored three goals, the first in the28th minute and two back-to-back in the 47thand 49th minutes to put the game away. Her final markercame on a penalty stroke.
The Huskies took the early lead in the contest on a goal byBrittany Avery (Hammonds Plains, N.S.) just four minutes in, butthe Mustangs tied it 13 minutes later off the stick of Megan Duffy(Ilderton, Ont.) and took their first lead on Roganowicz’sfirst 11 minutes after that.
Saint Mary’s tied the game again in the 30thminute on a goal by Paige Johnson (Burlington, Ont.), but that wasall the offence the Huskies could muster.
The winners of Saturday’s semis will play for the OUA banneron Sunday at 2pm, with the bronze medal game scheduled for 12pm.All remaining games will take place at York Stadium.
ScheduleSaturday, October 26th
OUA 5th place: Queen’s vs Saint Mary’s 10:00 AM EDT
OUA semi-final 1: Waterloo vs Toronto 12:00 PM EDT
OUA semi-final 2: Western vs Guelph 2:00 PM EDT
Canada West: UBC vs Victoria 12:30 PM PDT