Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON — The Ravens women’s soccer team began its two-game home stand with an impressive comeback effort to edge the Laurentian Voyageurs 3-1 on Friday at MNP Park.
The tandem of sophomore Tori MacFarlane (Kars, ON) and fifth-year winger Abby Nicastro (Ottawa, ON) led the way for the Ravens as the two combined for the three Ravens goals in an important victory over Laurentian.
A quiet first half resulted in no goals up until the 42nd minute, when the Voyageurs finally struck. A costly Carleton turnover resulted in a dangerous counter attack that Laurentian’s Sarah Sanford finished off to give the V’s a surprising 1-0 lead at the intermission.
However, the Ravens emerged from the break as the dominant side, holding the majority of the possession throughout the second half. While the build up play looked good, Carleton was unable to breach the stacked Laurentian back line.
With time running out, the Ravens’ prayers were finally answered in the 77th minute as Tori MacFarlane connected on an Abby Nicastro corner kick with a booming header into the back of the Laurentian net.
Tied up at 1-1, the Ravens remained relentless in their pursuit for the go-ahead marker.
Carleton would grab the lead in the 85th minute when MacFarlane intercepted the ball in Laurentian territory before dribbling through a few defenders and sending a perfect floating cross into the box and onto the foot of Abby Nicastro, who deflected the ball past V’s keeper Dina Mandolesi for a 2-1 advantage.
Minutes later, MacFarlane made another outstanding contribution in the game when she drew a penalty shot after making a series of great attacking cuts with the ball before being taken out by a Voyageurs defender in the 18-yard box. Abby Nicastro stepped up from the spot and scored her second of the game to give the Ravens a 3-1 lead.
Carleton goalkeeper Rada Mintchev (Ottawa, ON) made an important penalty save in the final minute of the game to keep the score at 3-1 and prevent any other last-ditch attempts from the Laurentian.
The Ravens move to 5-2-1 and remain in third spot in the OUA East behind UOIT and the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Carleton will face Nipissing on Sunday afternoon at MNP Park.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#9 Tori MacFarlane – 2nd year – Midfielder – Kars, ON
Carleton vs. Nipissing
Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 12 p.m.
MNP Park – Ottawa, ON
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