Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON — The Carleton Ravens women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to three games with a comfortable 4-0 win over RMC on Friday evening at MNP Park.
A late first-half marker opened the flood gates as Carleton added three second-half goals to capture the full three points.
The Ravens were the more aggressive team to start the contest, as they pelted the RMC goal with a bombardment of attempts on net. Palladins keeper Alexandria Hogg faced twelve first-half shots by the Ravens, but she was up to the challenge of keeping the home team at bay.
Forward Nicole Filipow (Edmonton, AB) had the first good opportunity for the Ravens in the 17th minute, as she raced into the box and around a defender before blasting a shot into the side of the net. Soon after, defender Sarah Zutrauen (Ottawa, ON) connected on a powerful shot through a maze of legs, but her effort on goal struck the post and stayed out.
Carleton continued to attack in the RMC zone in the 31st minute, as Nicole Filipow’s blast struck the cross-bar, making her the second Raven of the half to be denied by the woodwork.
With the first forty-five winding down, the Ravens finally took the lead in the 43rd minute. Sarah Zutrauen made amends for her earlier near-miss when she drilled the ball bar down and past the RMC goalie on a wicked half volley from the top of the 18-yard box for the stellar opening goal. Carleton led 1-0 at the break.
In the 47th minute, first-year midfielder Tamana Ashrafi (Ottawa, ON) made it 2-0 with her first goal as a Raven, as she pounced on a loose ball in the 18-yard box and slid it past the scrambling RMC goaltender.
Fifth-year winger Abby Nicastro (Ottawa, ON) – who had missed the previous two games through injury – pushed Carleton’s lead to 3-0 by slotting home a rebound produced by an Amanada Ngwafusi (Ottawa, ON) shot on goal.
The Ravens would complete the second-half romp when substitute Taylor Beahen (Ottawa, ON) got in on the action with her first Ravens goal on a lob shot over the RMC goalie in the 69th minute.
Since the team’s 2-0 loss to Ottawa on September 3, Carleton has played some impressive soccer, outscoring the opposition 9-0 in the past three outings.
The Ravens currently sit tied in second place in the OUA East standings with UOIT, and are four-points ahead of their next regular season opponent, Queen’s. The Gaels, who hold one game in hand, will look the close gap in the standings with Carleton in the Tricolour’s first official soccer game at the revitalized Richardson Stadium.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#4 Sarah Zutrauen – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton at Queen’s
Sunday, September 18, 2016 – 1 p.m.
Richardson Stadium – Kingston, ON