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Day 3 Recap

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Day 3 Recap

Medicine Hat, Alberta (November 7, 2014): Day three of the 2014 CCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship opened under cloudy skies but the cool weather didn’t seem to impact the high level of play on the field. Only two matches were scheduled Friday afternoon with four teams vying for a spot in Saturday’s bronze medal game.

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The Ahuntsic Indiens put up a very strong first half both offensively and defensively against the Langara Falcons in Game 9. The Falcons also performed well and were able to create a couple of chances, but goals by #20 Kateri Rivard and #9 Julia Liguori gave the Indiens a solid lead by half time.

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Much of the second half was an even contest with both keepers being worked, but a final goal in the 87th minute by #19 Indien midfielder Sara Dussault ended the match with a score of 3-0 for Ahuntsic and a spot for the Quebec team in the bronze medal game.

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Game 10 saw the Seneca Sting take on the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners. An early goal by Sting forward Peta-Gay Burrell was quickly answered from a penalty kick by Bronte Fitzsimmons of the VIU Mariners to put up a score of 1 – 1. After a fast start, the pace slowed down and became a very physical battle with few calls being made by officials on either side. By the end of first half the score remained tied at 1. Emma Gattoni struck first in the second half putting up Seneca’s second goal of the match with VIU’s Carli Rey tying the game up just 10 minutes later. VIU then made a decision to substitute their backup goalkeeper, Emily Rowbotham, with a few minutes remaining in the game to deal with the possible upcoming penalty shootout.

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In the shootout, Bronte Fitzsimmons missed the first penalty kick for VIU, opening the door for Seneca’s goalkeeper Rachael Dorland to put the Sting in the lead. VIU answered back with another goal, and a miss by Seneca’s Mariam El-Masari tied up the shootout. There was a chance for VIU to take the lead but another miss by the Mariners allowed Seneca to take the lead for the final time with a 2 goal by Emma Gattoni. In the end, the decision to swap VIU’s goalie didn’t pay off as Rowbotham failed to tie up the shootout by hitting the post and the match ended with a score of 3-2 in favour of the Sting.

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The Seneca Sting will meet the Ahuntsic Indiens in the bronze medal match on Saturday at 2 p.m. MST

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