Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
KINGSTON, ON — Carleton’s three-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon, as the Ravens (4-2-1) women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to the Queen’s Gaels in a very evenly played contest.
The Ravens entered the game as the first visiting OUA soccer team to the Gaels’ newly renovated Richardson Stadium, but were unable to spoil the monumental occasion as Carleton surrendered the game-winning goal in the final fifteen minutes.
“We didn’t play our top game, but I thought we played well enough to get a result,” lamented Carleton head coach Fred Juett. “We let in one strike and it ended up costing us full points.”
The Ravens were the second-best team in the opening forty-five minutes, as the Gaels flourished on their fresh home turf by winning the possession battle. Queen’s pressed on offence, earning three corner kicks in the first half, but were unable to convert any of the set pieces into goals.
Meanwhile, Carleton made the most of their limited time with the ball by firing six shots on net before halftime, but none of the team’s chances yielded a score for the visitors.
Levelled at nil-nil entering the second, the Ravens started well with some aggression and ownership of the ball, and nearly made it 1-0 when Kelsey Saha (Ottawa, ON) sent a nice through ball to forward Nicole Filipow (Edmonton, ON) who moved in a partial breakaway, but her shot was denied by Gaels keeper Madison Tyrell.
In the 75th minute, Queen’s opened the scoring thanks to a strike from Brittany Almeida. A throw in just past half was received by Almeida, who then turned on a horizontal run across the field before hitting a well-placed 25-yard shot over the top of Ravens goaltender Rada Mintchev (Ottawa, ON).
The Ravens had a few late corner kicks which proved to be threatening, but no Carleton player could bury an equalizer.
Carleton remains in third place in the OUA East, just one point ahead of the Gaels (4-2-0) in the standings, however, Queen’s has one game in hand over the Ravens.
Carleton will host a pair of games at MNP Park next weekend, with the Northern Ontario duo, Laurentian (Sept. 23) and Nipissing (Sept. 25), paying a visit to Ottawa.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#11 Melat Cherent – 3rd year – Defence – Ottawa, ON
Carleton vs. Laurentian
Friday, September 23, 2016 – 5:00 p.m.
MNP Park – Ottawa, ON