Photo credit Martin Bazyl
TORONTO (CIS) – Rookie midfielder Claudia Piazza ofBrampton, Ont., notched the game-winner in the 86th minute to leadthe tournament host Toronto Varsity Blues to a 2-1 victory over theWilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in the second consolation semifinal onDay 2 of the 2013 CIS women’s soccer championship at VarsityCentre, Friday afternoon.
The Blues advanced to the fifth-place game for the second timein as many appearances at the CIS tournament. U of T defeated UPEIto claim the consolation prize at the 2009 championship. Sunday at11 a.m., they will take on the Laval Rouge et Or, who topped theWestern Mustangs 2-0 earlier in the day.
It was the first time the two teams had met at the CIStournament and also only the second time Toronto has defeatedLaurier in 10 meetings since their first match in 1985.
“I thought we came out with a purpose today,” saidVarsity Blues head coach Anthony Capotosto. “Afteryesterday’s loss we were kind of deflated but kudos to theteam for picking it up and showing that we are one of the bestprograms in the country.”
“Sunday will be a great match-up,” continuedCapotosto. “We’re excited. Our goal after yesterday isto finish fifth and we’re in a position to do thatnow.”
Fifth-year defender and CIS second team all-Canadian DianaEsteireiro of Etobicoke, Ont., opened the scoring in the 14thminute, firing a rocket off a free kick into the top right cornerof the net.
OUA all-star midfielder Julie Maheu of Oakville, Ont., evenedthe score in the 33rd minute as she received a pass from EmilyBrown (Waterloo, Ont.) and booted the ball past Blues goalkeeperSara Petrucci (Bolton, Ont.).
The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 at the half.
Both teams had great chances to score in the second half butPiazza was the only successful candidate. She received a pass inthe 86th minute from fellow rookie Nicki Parkes (Sarnia, Ont.) andmade no mistake in finding the back of the net.
The OUA champion Golden Hawks end their season with a 12-5-4record and end the national championship with an 0-2 record for thethird consecutive year.
“I think that they all came out and competed and they didvery well,” said Hawks head coach Barry MacLean.“We’re a pretty banged up team and the roster hasreally shrunk down to a few players. Even from the last game, JessCraig and Suzanne Boroumand weren’t available today. It wastough, but they’ve had a great season.”
TOR 1-1: 2
WLU 1-0: 1
1. TOR Diana Esteireiro (1) (unassisted), 14th
2. WLU Julie Maheu (1) (Emily Brown), 33rd
3. TOR Claudia Piazza (1) (Nicki Parkes), 86th
TOR: Sara Petrucci (W, 1 GA, 3 saves, 90:00, 1-1)
WLU: Maggie Carmichael (L, 2 GA, 3 saves, 90:00, 0-1)
Shots: TOR 14, WLU 9
Shots on net: TOR 5, WLU 4
Corners: TOR 3, WLU 2
Offsides: TOR 2, WLU 1
Fouls: TOR 9, WLU 10
Yellow cards: TOR (Claudia Piazza), WLU (Taryn Bernier, EmilyBrown)
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
TOR: Claudia Piazza
WLU: Julia Maheu
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: Trinity Western 3, Wilfrid Laurier 0
19:00 Quarter-final 4: Cape Breton 1, Toronto 0
Friday, Nov. 8
13:30 Consolation 1: Laval 2, Western 0
16:30 Consolation 2: Toronto 2, Wilfrid Laurier 1
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