Written by Mason Bugaresti
The Carleton Ravens women’s soccer team dropped their third-straight match on Saturday, losing to the uOttawa Gee-Gees at TAAG Park by a score of 4-0.
The Ravens were locked in defensively in the opening half-hour of this one. The Gee-Gees mustered up just two shots on target in the first 30 minutes, both of which were easily stopped by Carleton goalkeeper Chloe Lachance-Soulard (Ottawa, Ont.).
Lauren Illman (Whitby, Ont.) had the best chance of the half for the Ravens. The forward went on a nice solo run holding off the uOttawa defenders before firing a shot on target that required a strong save from the Gee-Gee keeper.
uOttawa broke through the Ravens’ defence just before halftime. After a 33rd minute Carleton corner kick, the Gee-Gees came back the other way with a counterattack. Lachance-Soulard made the first save, but the rebound was slotted home by U Sports’ leading goal-scorer Cassandra Provost (Acton Vale, Que.) for her 11th of the season.
In the 40th minute, the Gee-Gees struck again as Provost flicked a ball over to Angelina Gendreau (Lancaster, Ont.) who fired a shot in the corner. Carleton went into the half down 2-0 after two quick uOttawa goals.
The Gee-Gees would two more in the second half to make it 4-0. Chloe Lachance-Soulard (Ottawa, Ont.) made a number of saves in the second half and was the top performer for Carleton on the day. She ended the match with an outstanding 17 saves.
Carleton head coach Dom Oliveri was quick to shake-off his team’s three-game losing streak, and has his sights focused on Carleton’s five remaining regular season matches.
“I like that we are in a spot where we control our own playoff destiny. Either we can learn from this game or not. We’ve shown some good signs against some of the top teams in the country, and now it is about getting prepared for these last five matches,” Oliveri said post-game.
The Ravens next home game is Saturday, Oct. 8 at TAAG Park where they will take on the Laurentian Voyageurs at 1p.m. After that, the Carleton men’s soccer team will take the pitch at 3:15 p.m. to face Laurentian and close out the Saturday soccer doubleheader. Tickets are available now!