Photo credit Martin Bazyl
TORONTO (CIS) – Second-year forward Paula Dadensky scoredthe lone goal in leading the Canada West champion Alberta Pandas toa 1-0 victory over the Laval Rouge et Or in the secondquarter-final of the 2013 CIS women’s soccer championship onThursday afternoon at Varsity Centre.
It was the second time the two teams had ever met on thenational stage, with Alberta also taking the first game, 2-1, asthe hosts of the 2002 tournament.
The Pandas advance to Saturday’s first championshipsemifinal at 1:30 p.m., and will take on the Montreal Carabins, whodefeated the Western Mustangs 2-1 in the first quarter-final of theday. The Pandas are after their seventh CIS final berth in 12appearances. They last won the title, one of three in programhistory, in 2001 when they defeated the McGill Martlets 2-1 inOttawa.
Laval will face Western in consolation semi-final actiontomorrow at 1:30 p.m.
“To get through this first game I think it takes a lot ofheart and desire and passion and that’s what I saw,”said Alberta Pandas head coach Liz Jespen. “Laval is adangerous team and I think it was about weathering the storm. Itwas about whether or not we could keep that momentum going and notgive them the opportunity to get in at the net.”
Dadensky proved to be the games hero, notching the game-winnerin the 65th minute. The Stettler, Alta., native placed a headerperfectly past Laval goalkeeper Joëlle Morasse (QuébecCity, Que.) off a Rebecca Brandt (Edmonton) corner kick.
Laval’s Mélissande Guy of Quebec City almost evenedthe score in the 77th minute, but her breakaway shot sailed justwide of the Pandas net. The Rouge et Or had a couple of corner kickopportunities in the final minute of action, but was unable to netthe equalizer in the 1-0 loss.
“I think both teams had their chances,” said Lavalassistant coach Marie-Pier Bilodeau. “They were able to scoreon one of their opportunities, whereas we missed a couple of goodchances one-on-one with the keeper. That’s what made thedifference.”
ALB 0-1: 1
LAV 0-0: 0
1. ALB Paula Dadensky (1) (Rebecca Brandt), 65th
ALB: Kelti Biggs (W, 0 GA, 2 save, 90:00, 1-0)
LAV: Joëlle Morasse (L, 1 GA, 3 saves, 90:00, 0-1)
Shots: ALB 10, LAV 8
Shots on net: ALB 4, LAV 2
Corners: ALB 6, LAV 4
Offsides: ALB 1, LAV 2
Fouls: ALB 6, LAV 9
Yellow cards: LAV (Mélissande Guy), ALB (JessieCandlish)
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
ALB: Laura Kautz
LAV: Mélissande Guy
Thursday, Nov. 7
11:00 Quarter-final 1: Montreal 2, Western 1
13:30 Quarter-final 2: Alberta 1, Laval 0
16:30 Quarter-final 3: Wilfrid Laurier vs. Trinity Western (
19:00 Quarter-final 4: Cape Breton vs. Toronto (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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