CIS Women’s Soccer Semi-Final Game Notes:

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Nov 07, 2014

QUEBEC CITY –For the first time in their history the University of Ottawa and the Trinity Western University Spartans will face each other. And it will be for the right to play for the CIS women’s soccer championship on Sunday afternoon.

The No. 1 Gee-Gee’s and No. 2 Spartans will look to continue their championship quest when they match up against each other Friday afternoon in the CIS semifinals at Laval University in Quebec City. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST. All championship matches can be seen live on http://cis-sic.tv/.

The match will be a “star-studded” contest. The two teams will field a combined seven players who have received CIS All-Canadian honours at least one time in their careers as well as 10 players who were named to their 2014 conference all-star teams.

The Gee-Gee’s come into the match on a 19-game winning streak, after going 15-1-0 in conference play. The Spartans enter the match on a four-game winning streak after posting a 10-1-1 Canada West conference record.

Each team has only dropped one game all season. Ottawa stumbled in their first match of the season, losing 3-2 to fellow national championship competitor UOIT. While the Spartans lone loss came in the final match of the season, when they lost 1-0 to UBC.

The loss dropped the Spartans out of the No. 1 spot to No. 2 in the CIS Top 10 and allowed the Gee-Gee’s to claim the No. 1 ranking going into the post season.

Ottawa missed last year’s national championship after being upset in the OUA quarter-finals. Prior to the 2013 season, the Gee-Gee’s have made a championship appearance in six of the last eight championships. In their last two appearances, in 2011 and 2012, Ottawa finished third and fourth.

Trinity Western has won four of the last six CIS titles, including the last two championships and are currently on a seven-game winning streak at the CIS championship.

No team in CIS women’s soccer history has won three straight CIS championships. TWU’s five CIS gold medals ties them with the UBC Thunderbirds for the most by one program.

Ottawa’s first season in the CIS was in 1994 when they finished first in the OUA, while TWU’s first season in the CIS was 2001, when they finished second in Canada West.

The Gee-Gee’s have won eight CIS championship medals (1G, 4S, 3B), winning their lone CIS title in 1996. The Spartans have won five CIS championship medals (5G) and have won the last two CIS titles.

Ottawa enters Friday’s match with a 5-3 record in CIS semifinals, while TWU has a perfect 5-0 record.

A win by Ottawa will put the Gee-Gee’s in their first title match since 2005.

TEAM PROFILES:

No. 1 Ranked Ottawa Gee Gee’s OUA CHAMPIONS

Head Coach: Steve Johnson (21st season)

Regular season record: 15-1-0

Regular season standing: 1st OUA East

Playoff record: 3-0

Playoff finish: OUA champions

Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 29): No. 1

Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (2 weeks)

Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 9

Conference award winners (OUA East): Pilar Khoury (MVP)

Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA East): Cynthia Leblanc (G), Chiara Quadri (D), Morgan McNeil (M), Pilar Khoury (S), Julia Francki (S)

Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA East): Katherine Bearne (M)

CIS championship appearances (including 2014): 13

CIS championship all-time record: 16-14-4 (.529)

CIS championship all-time medals: 8 (1 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze)

CIS championship best result: 1-time champions (1996)

CIS championship last appearance: 2012 (4th place)

CIS championship sequence: Return after 1-year absence (7th appearance in 10 years)

No. 2 Ranked Spartans – CANADA WEST CHAMPIONS

Head Coach: Graham Roxburgh (16th season)

Regular season record: 10-1-1

Regular season standing: 1st Canada West Pacific

Playoff record: 3-0

Playoff finish: Canada West champions

Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 28): No. 2

Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (4 weeks)

Top 10 number of weeks ranked (9 polls): 9

Conference award winners: Jessica King (MVP), Seina Kashima (rookie), Graham Roxburgh (coach)

Conference 1st team all-stars: Jennifer Castillo (D), Vanessa Kovacs (M), Krista Gommeringer (S), Jessica King (S), Seina Kashima (S)

Conference 2nd team all-stars: Kristen Santema (D)

CIS championship appearances (including 2014): 8

CIS championship all-time record: 17-3-1 (.833)

CIS championship all-time medals: 5 (5-0-0)

CIS championship best result: 5-time champions (2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2004)

CIS championship last appearance: 2013 (champions)

CIS championship sequence: 4th straight appearance (6th in 7 years)

-TW-

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