The Carleton Ravens women’s soccer team picked up their fourth-straight win on Saturday against the Trent Excalibur by a score of 2-1 thanks to two second-half goals.
Coming off a 2-0-win last weekend against this same Trent side, the Ravens went to work early in this one earning three corner kicks in the opening 10 minutes. Carleton could not convert on their early chances, which frustrated head coach Dom Oliveri.
“I thought we did enough in that first half to score, and there were some chances we should have finished,” Oliveri said post-game.It was the Trent Excalibur scoring the only goal of the half. Midfielder Brooke Kupke (Cobourg, Ont.) struck a shot which got lost in the bright fall sunlight, tipping off the hands of Carleton keeper Chloe Lachance-Soulard (Ottawa, Ont.), and rolling just over the goal line as the Ravens trailed 1-0 at the break.
In the second half, head coach Dom Oliveri brought on Martina Milito (Ottawa, Ont.) who made an instant impact applying pressure on the Trent defenders. Carleton pushed hard for an equalizer which they finally found in the 70th minute. Chloe Doherty (Ottawa, Ont.) took a pass from Milito which she fired over the Trent keeper in stunning fashion to bring the score level.
The Ravens were not done there. Oliveri brought on Raquel Costa Correia (Pickering, Ont.) who scored with one of her first touches of the ball. She switched the ball onto her right foot before putting it right into the top corner giving Carleton the late 2-1 lead.
“Two really nice goals. Shows me that we have that quality in our team when we need it,” Oliveri said.
Carleton shut the door in the last 10 minutes, taking home all three points from this match. With the win, the Ravens move just one point behind the Nipissing Lakers for 4th in the OUA-East. With a draw tomorrow, the Ravens will pass the Lakers on the final day of the regular season, ad will host the first-round playoff matchup between the two teams.
“It’s called homefield advantage for a reason. We get that draw and we get to play here instead of having to travel to Nipissing which would be much better for us,” Oliveri said.
The Ravens wrap up their 2022 regular season tomorrow at 1 p.m. taking on the TMU Bold at TAAG Park.