Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
TORONTO, ON — The Ravens women’s soccer team has turned the corner at the perfect time after taking all three points in a 1-0 victory over Ryerson in their final game of the regular season on Sunday afternoon in Toronto.
With Carleton entering today’s game mired in a four-game winless streak, and with the playoffs set to begin on Wednesday, forward Emily Copeland Dinan (Ottawa, ON) gave Carleton the breath of fresh air they have been looking for with a last-gasp 92nd minute match-winner against the Rams to close out the campaign.
“Getting the win today sends us into the playoffs on a positive note,” said head coach Fred Juett, whose team collected its first win since a 4-2 victory over Queen’s on October 2. “We played much better in the second half and I think we deserved a goal at the end.”
Still reeling from its late collapse against the Varsity Blues 24 hours earlier, Carleton had a sluggish start before finally managing to hold onto possession close to halftime. The Ravens smashed nine shots at goal in the first, with the best attempt getting by Ryerson’s keeper only to be denied by the post.
While Ryerson entered the game having been eliminated from playoff contention the previous weekend, the Rams’ compete level remained high throughout the contest, as they went looking for the upset in their final appearance of 2016. The Rams tested goaltender Rada Mintechev (Ottawa, ON) on a few occasions, but the veteran keeper was up to the challenge.
Tied at 0-0 through 45 minutes of play, Carleton began to find its passing rhythm in the second half as they sustained pressure for long periods of play.
After failing to be rewarded throughout the entire contest, Carleton finally made a breakthrough late in regulation.
Deep into extra time, the Ravens received a free-kick outside of Rams’ 18-yard box. Ravens defender Alexa Derksen (Ottawa, ON) hit the ball into the box with precision where Emily Copeland Dinan escaped her marker to get her head on the ball to send it past the Ryerson goaltender for the late go-ahead score. Copeland Dinan’s sixth tally of the season would prove to the be the winner.
With the regular season now over, Carleton will enter the playoffs seeded fifth in the division – their same entry point in last year’s postseason. The Ravens will head to Sudbury where they will face the Laurentian Voyageurs on Wednesday, October 26. Fred Juett’s team went undefeated against the Voyafgeurs in the regular season, finishing with one win and one tie in two matches, including a 0-0 draw on October 15.
The Ravens will look to repeat their OUA quarterfinal road success from last year, where they came away with a 2-0 first-round victory at UOIT in 2015.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#17 Emily Copeland Dinan – Forward – 3rd year – Ottawa, ON
#5 Carleton at #4 Laurentian
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – Time TBD
LU Soccer Fields – Sudbury, ON