|90:00 – 2nd||1||2||T|
|2nd – 64:37||Virginie Labossiere (Montreal)|
|2nd – 69:33||Constance De Chantal (Montreal)|
| G: 2 Players (#7, #8 – 1)
A: Steffy Roy-Ouellet – 1
| G: N/A
Sh: Laura Kautz – 3
Sv: Kelti Biggs – 4
|Shots (on goal)||9 (6)||8 (4)|
Photo credit Martin Bazyl
TORONTO (CIS) – In their first-ever meeting on thenational stage, the RSEQ champion Montreal Carabins defeated theAlberta Pandas 2-0 in semi-final action on Day 3 of the 2013 CISwomen’s soccer championship and earn a spot in their thirdgold-medal match in five years tomorrow at the University ofToronto’s Varsity Centre.
Montreal, which advanced to the semifinals for the fifth time inthe past six years with a 2-1 victory over the Western Mustangs onThursday, will battle the winner of Saturday’s secondsemifinal between the Trinity Western Spartans and Cape BretonCapers for the Gladys Bean Trophy in the championship final onSunday at 4:30 p.m.
The Carabins are still in search of their first national titleafter falling in the gold-medal match in both 2009 and 2011, bothtime in penalty kicks. Their first championship final appearancealso happened at Varsity Centre five years ago, when the Spartansbroke a scoreless draw with a 4-2 win in PKs.
The Canada West champion Pandas will face either the Spartans orCapers for bronze tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Alberta is a perfect 3-0 inCIS bronze-medal matches, claiming third place in 1988, 1991 and1994.
“It was a well-played game by both teams,” saidCarabins head coach Kevin McConnell. “I think we should havefinished off one or two chances early and there were quite a fewcorners in the first half. The motivation certainly won’t belacking playing in a national final tomorrow but playing two gamesin two days we are going to have to recover as much aspossible.”
Both teams had good chances to score in the early goings.Alberta’s Rebecca Brandt (Edmonton) sent a long ball off thecross bar in the 15th minute, while Montreal’s KimBrûlé (Trois-Rivières, Que.) sent a long balloff the goalie that landed on top of the net one minute later.
It wasn’t until the 65th minute that Montreal opened thescoring. First-year forward and Montreal native VirginieLabossière was in the right place at the right time,receiving a ball from Steffy Roy-Ouellett (Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.)and shooting it past Alberta goalkeeper Kelti Biggs (Spruce Grove,Alta.) for the eventual game-winner.
Six minutes later, second-year midfielder Constance De ChantalDumont of Saint-Alexandre, Que., added an insurance marker as shejumped on a loose ball off an Alberta defender and made no mistakein finding the back of the net.
Alberta pressured in the final minutes of action and Laura Kautz(Edmonton) rang one off the post in the final minute, but Carabinskeeper Martine Julien (Lachine, Que.) earned the shut out win.
“I think we spent a lot of the game answering thequestions that Montreal was asking,” said Pandas head coachLiz Jespen. “We battled hard right to the very end and I wasimpressed with our willingness to fight. I’m very proud ofthe team, they battled hard and I don’t think we could askfor more.”
MTL 0-2: 2
ALB 0-0: 0
1. MTL Virginie Labossière (1) (Steffy Roy-Ouellet) 65th
2. MTL Constance De Chantal Dumont (1) (unassisted), 70th
MTL: Martine Julien (W, 0 GA, 3 saves, 90:00, 2-0)
ALB: Kelti Biggs (L, 2 GA, 4 saves, 90:00, 1-1)
Shots: MTL 9, ALB 8
Shots on net: MTL 6, ALB 4
Corners: MTL 5, ALB 7
Offsides: MTL 1, ALB 1
Fouls: MTL 14, ALB 7
Yellow cards: MTL (Virginie Lévesque)
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
MTL: Melissa Gougeon
ALB: Shalla Kadima
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
Saturday, Nov. 9
13:30 Semifinal 1: Montreal 2, Alberta 0
16:30 Semifinal 2: Trinity Western vs. Cape Breton (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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