Martlets get spooked on Halloween playoff excursion to Quebec City

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Stefania Folina Martlet Soccer

Folino was the lone scorer for the Martlets


QUEBEC CITY — It was a spooky soiree for the McGill women’s soccer team in the provinical capital city on Halloweeen Friday, where the Martlets lost the battle for a berth at the CIS championships with a 2-1 loss to Laval in an RSEQ conference semifinal at PEPS Stadium. 

In the other semifinal, Montreal edged third-seeded Sherbrooke 3-2, so the RSEQ final will be between top-seeded Laval and No.2-seed Montreal on Nov. 2, with both qualifying for CIS soccer nationals in Quebec City, Nov. 6-9. 

Laval’s Joelle Gosselin scored in the first minute of play, a goal which appeared that it would be the sole marker of the first half. But McGill’s Stefania Folino, a freshman from Montreal, pounced on a loose ball and tied the score at 1-1 in the 45th minute. Then much to her dismay, her heroics were overshadowed an instant later when Laval’s Mellisa Roy scored what proved to be the game-winner, seconds before halftime.
 
“We got caught up in the emotion (after Stefania’s goal), got distracted and they scored,” said McGill head coach Jose-Luis Valdes of the bizarre circumstances that no doubt had something to do with the ghosts hovering nearby on the Plains of Abraham.
 
The Martlets pressed in the second half and replaced a defender with another forward in the final minutes, but missed a great chance to score in the final minute. It was the conclusion to a season that started with much promise but ended with a 1-3-3 record in their final seven games.
 
McGill goaltender Cassandra Faffalos, a sophomore from Richmond Hill, Ont., was peppered with 14 shots from a pesky Rouge et Or squad, while at the other end of the field Marie-Joelle Vandall had a quiet night stopping two of just three shots on net.

“It was a much more postive ending to the season than last year when we met Montreal (in the semifinal) and did not play very well,” said an emotional Valdes, searching for words after an abrupt end to the season. “But this year we played well. A couple of distractions ended up costing us.”
 
McGill finished with a 5-8-4 record overall, including a 4-6-4 regular season mark to finish fourth in the eight-team RSEQ conference.

A young team with seven rookies and eight sophmores, the Martlets show promise for the future. Seniors who suited up for the last time in a McGill uniform included forward Amanda Gonzalez, a physical education major from Montreal, goaltender Elissa McCarron, a civil law student from Halifax, midfielder Hannah Kirby, a fifth-year mathematics student from Kanata, Ont., and team captain Meghan Bourque, a fifth-year physiology major from Burlington, Ont.
 

 

McGill Dress List # G A PTS Y1 Y2 R MVP
Agozzino, Claudia 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bourque, Meghan 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bourque, Sarah 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coughlan, Audrey-ann 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Crichton, Alyssa 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Enns, Justine 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fafalios, Cassandra 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fasoulakis, Zoe 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Folino, Stefania 19 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Gonzalez, Amanda 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Green, Rebecca 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kirby, Hannah 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morency-roussin, Daphnée 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Perrett, Elisabeth 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robert, Anaïs 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Schmitz, Judith 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sleckman, Margaux 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tinfow, Alexandra 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McGill Goalie # W L T SHO Mins GA Saves GAA
Fafalios, Cassandra 0 0 1 0 0 90 2 12 0.00

 

Laval Dress List # Buts Passes PTS CJ 2CJ CR MVP
Brunelle, Alexandra 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chastenay-joseph, Léa 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Collard, Rachel 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dionne, Roxanne 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gauthier, Marie-christine 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gosselin, Joëlle 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Guy, Melissande 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Lafrenière, Alexandra 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lapointe, Gabrielle 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
Marcotte, Caroline 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morasse, Joëlle 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moreau, Hélène 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roy, Mélissa 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Roy-petitclerc, Arielle 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Turcotte, Cynthia 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ujeneza, Marie-sandra 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vaillancourt, Lara 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vandal, Marie-joëlle 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Laval Goalie # PG PP PN BL Min. joués BC Arrêts Moyenne
Vandal, Marie-joëlle 0 1 0 0 0 90 1 2 0.00

 

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