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WSOC: Ravens shutout 2-0 by Gee-Gees

Written by Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

OTTAWA, ON – Two late second-half goals by the Ottawa Gee-Gees sent the Ravens women’s soccer team to its first defeat of the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Matt Anthony Field.

A fine performance from fourth-year goaltender Rada Mintchev (Ottawa, ON) was spoiled in the final fifteen minutes, as the skillful uOttawa attack finally burst Carleton’s bubble after a lengthy period of sustained pressure.

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In the first half, Carleton was kept on its heels in the early going, as uOttawa’s striker Breanna Burton tested Mintchev several times from just outside the 18-yard box, including a swerving rocket in the 13th minute which grazed the top of the cross-bar.

Ottawa’s Thea Nour also caused some trouble for the Carleton defence, as she had two excellent scoring chances in the 29th and 31st minutes, but Mintchev did enough to leave the Ravens unscathed as the teams were mired in a goalless draw after forty-five minutes.

The second-half began with the Gee-Gees pressing for the lead. A uOttawa corner kick in the 50th minute made its way through two bodies at the near post, before striking a Raven and hitting the post. Though the Gee-Gees were controlling the tempo, Carleton hung in tough to keep the game tied.

Ravens second-year player Tori MacFarlane (Kars, ON), who featured at left back in the game, had one of Carleton’s best chances in the 65th, as she strolled into the midfield before unleashing a shot on goal that was heading for the top corner, but the U of O keeper did well to deny MacFarlne.

Soon after, Carleton seniors Abby Nicastro (Ottawa, ON) and Vanessa Germano (Ottawa, ON) worked an excellent give-and-go down the left flank before Nicastro centred the ball across the box into open space, but the Ravens were unable to finish off the scoring chance.

In the 78th minutes, the Gee-Gees broke the deadlock. Breanna Burton, a fifth-year striker, moved in from the left hand side and across the top of the 18-yard box before unleashing a powerful shot high and over the left shoulder of Mintchev to make it 1-0.

Just two minutes later, Faythe Lou made it 2-0 for the Gee-Gees (80′), when she pounced on a rebound in the Ravens’ six-yard box to make it 2-0.

With the loss, Carleton drops to 1-1-1 in the current campaign. The Ravens have not defeated the Gee-Gees in the regular season since 2013, a streak that now runs five consecutive games.

RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:

#11 Melat Cherent – Defence – 3rd year – Ottawa, ON

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Carleton vs. Toronto
Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 1 p.m.
MNP Park – Ottawa, ON
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