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2014 CCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship Preview

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2014 CCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship Preview

Oct. 28, 2014 – The high-flying NAIT Ooks were the class of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association in women’s soccer all season long.

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They head into the 2014 CCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship as the No. 1 seed. The tournament will be hosted by Medicine Hat College Nov. 5-8.

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“The Ooks have had the perfect season so far and they’ve got an incredible offense,” said Marlene Ford, the CCAA’s women’s soccer convenor. “They’re the team to beat in Alberta.”

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All-Canadian Kayla Michaels led the way for the Ooks with an incredible 26 goals in 10 games. Teammate Laura Kautz was just as impressive with 15 markers in eight contests. NAIT, 10-0 in ACAC league play, outscored its opponents 75-3 in the regular season.

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The Ooks will face the No. 8 seed and ACAA champion Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics in the quarter-finals. Jessica Partridge, an All-Canadian, had an impressive 22 goals in 12 games for MSVU this season.

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The powerhouse Élans de Garneau, once again the class of the RSEQ, enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed. They’ll face the wildcard Langara Falcons (No. 7).

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Garneau, 8-2 in the regular season, defeated College Ahuntsic 2-1 in the provincial final. Both teams have experience at recent National Championships; Garneau won silver last year.

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Garneau has really come along in the second-half of the RSEQ regular season,” said Ford. “They’ll be tough to beat and could very well find themselves back in the CCAA gold-medal game.”

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Vancouver Island University (No. 3) drew the host Medicine Hat Rattlers (No. 6) in Round 1. VIU defeated Langara to earn the PACWEST title.

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The Rattlers had a strong season, finishing atop the South Division in the ACAC with a 9-1 record. They could be a surprise team at the National Championship.

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“The Rattlers took NAIT to the limit in the ACAC Championship and they’ll give VIU all they can handle,” said Ford. “They’re not your typical host.”

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The final quarter-final matchup will see the OCAA champion Seneca Sting (No. 4) take on the wildcard Indiens d’Ahuntsic from the RSEQ.

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Seneca blanked Algonquin 1-0 in the OCAA championship final, avenging a loss to the Thunder in the 2013 OCAA final. Ahuntsic, 7-1-2 during the regular season, is led by All-Canadian Audrée Carty, a reliable third-year defender.

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The tournament wraps up on Saturday, Nov. 8 with the gold medal match at 2:30 p.m. (EST). All games can be viewed at www.ccaa.ca/womens-soccer-championship.

Day 1 Schedule

Match 1: 10 a.m.
NAIT (1) vs. MSVU (8)

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Match 2: 12:30 p.m.
Seneca (4) vs. Ahuntsic (5)

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Match 3: 3 p.m.
Garneau (2) vs. Langara (7)

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Match 4: 5:30 p.m.
VIU (3) vs. Medicine Hat (6)

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The CCAA is a national sport organization enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport.

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