Written by Mason Bugaresti
The Carleton Ravens women’s soccer team continued their winning streak Saturday with a 2-1 win over the TMU Bold. A pair of second-half goals made it a third straight win for the Raven women who remain unbeaten in the 2022 season.
Carleton and TMU both showed their quality in a highly competitive first half. It was a strong defensive performance from two teams that each had not conceded a goal in either of their last two matches entering Saturday’s game.
The best chance in the half for the Ravens came from Mikayla Moser (Ajax, Ont.). After settling the ball in her feet at the edge of the 18-yard box, Moser’s shot was comfortably saved by the Bold goalkeeper. Just on the cusp of halftime, TMU had their best chance after a nice counterattack, but Carleton goalkeeper Chloe Lachance Soulard (Ottawa, Ont.) stood tall in her net making the save sending both teams to the dressing room at halftime locked in a 0-0 stalemate.
The Ravens finally broke through the stubborn TMU defence early on in the second half. Lauren Illman (Whitby, Ont.) played a ball across the box to Salena Devellis (Barrie, Ont.) who made no mistake putting Carleton up 1-0 in the 53rd minute. Just five minutes later, the TMU Bold equalized after Ivymae Perez (Toronto, Ont.) sent Chloe Lachance-Soulard (Ottawa, Ont.) the wrong way on a penalty kick to knot the score at 1-1.
Rather than settling for the draw on the road, Carleton pushed on for the win. Off a Ravens’ free kick, Taylor Saunders (Ottawa, Ont.) found a loose ball inside the box which she headed home to put the Ravens in front 2-1 with a late 72nd-minute goal.
The Ravens defended bravely the last 15 minutes keeping balls out of the 18-yard box and ultimately keeping the Bold at bay, picking up the three points. With the win, the Ravens’ unbeaten streak dating back to last season hits seven games without a loss.
The Ravens are back in action tomorrow afternoon, Sept. 25, where they will head to Varsity Stadium to take on the University of Toronto. Carleton will then take on rivals uOttawa on Sept. 29 before returning home to TAAG Park to face uOttawa for the second time in four days. Tickets are available now!