Written by Mason Bugaresti
OTTAWA – The Carleton Ravens women’s soccer team continued their strong start to the 2022 season with a 4-0 win over the Royal Military College (RMC) Paladins. With the win, the Ravens remain unbeaten through two matches having collected 4 points in the table along the way.
The Ravens got off to a quick start in this one taking control of the match early. Just five minutes into the game, a lightning-quick Carleton counterattack ended with Chloe Doherty (Ottawa, Ont.) heading in her own rebound past the RMC keeper for a 1-0 Raven lead. Doherty would nearly add a second just 15 minutes later but placed a shot wide off a forced turnover from Chloe Doiron (Dieppe, NB.).
Before the end of the first half, the Ravens struck from a corner kick to make it 2-0. Just as they did in the first match against the Queen’s Gaels, the Ravens converted on a set-piece as the defender Quinn Snell found a free header at the RMC back-post for her first goal as a Raven. After a strong 45 minutes, the Ravens carried a 2-0 lead into the half.
The Ravens pulled no punches in the second half despite the two-goal advantage. The Ravens continued to use their speed on the wings to send crosses into the middle and create chaos for the RMC defence. The Ravens put lots of shots on the RMC keeper, but none better than Raquel Costa Correia’s (Pickering, Ont.) slick turn-and-strike into the bottom-left corner to put Carleton up 3-0 with less than 20 minutes to play. With little time remaining, Correia would pick up her second on the day, and Carleton took home a 4-0 victory.
After the match, head coach Dom Oliveri reviewed his team’s strong performance.
“You have to have a plan. We’re a team that wants to play with the ball. Today we obviously could open it up a bit more, and probably could have scored a few more.”
The Ravens return to TAAG Park next Saturday for a Sep. 17 date with the Nipissing Lakers. The match kicks off at 12 p.m. The Raven men will close out Saturday’s doubleheader with a 2:15 p.m. match against Nipissing. Tickets are available now!