Martlets get spooked in Laval

Stefania Folina Martlet Soccer

Folino was the lone scorer for the Martlets

Quebec — The Martlets lost the battle for a berth in the RSEQ campionship game with a 2-1 loss to Laval Friday night at PEPS Stadium in Laval.  McGill goaltender Cassandra Faffalos, a sophomore from Richmond Hill, was peppered with 14 shots from a pesky La Rouge et Or squad, while at the other end of the field Marie-Joelle Vandall had a quiet night stopping just three shots on net.
Laval’s Joelle Gosselin scored in the first minute of play, a goal that looked like it would be the sole marker in the first half. But McGill’s Stefania Folino, a freshman from Montreal, picked up a loose ball and tied it up late in the first. Her heroics were overshadowed seconds later by Mellisa Roy of Laval, ending the period 2-1.
“We got caught up in the emotions (after Stefania’s goal) and got distracted and they scored,” said head coach Jose Valdes.
The Martlets weren’t able to tie it up in the second half, despite a great chance to score in the last minute, ending the Martlets season with a 4-6-4 regular season record.
“It was a much more postive end of season than it was last year,” said Valdes.  “We played Montreal and did not play  very well, but this year we played well. A couple of distractions ended up costing us.”
A young team with seven rookies and eight sophmores, the Martlets show promise for the future. Seniors playing their last game for the Martlets are Amanda Gonzalez, Meghan Bourque, Elissa McCarron and Hannah Kirby.
The RSEQ final will be between Laval and Montreal will take place on November 2. Women’s soccer nationals are November 6-9 in Quebec City.