Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
SUDBURY, ON — The Ravens women’s soccer season came to abrupt end on Wednesday afternoon in a 1-0 defeat to the Laurentian Voyageurs in the OUA East preliminary round. Though Carleton competed right until the bitter end, the offence was unable to crack Laurentian’s code, as the Ravens were shutout on the natural grass pitch at the LU Soccer Fields in Sudbury.
A Voyageurs goal in the 81st minute sealed Carleton’s fate, with the backbreaking tally coming late in regulation, and holding up as the game-winning score.
Laurentian was the more dangerous of the two sides in the opening half, as the Voyageurs tested Ravens keeper Rada Mintchev (Ottawa, ON) with four shots on goal in the first.
Mintchev’s finest moment of the game came in the 34th minute, when Laurentian striker Sam Selkirk was taken down in the 18-yard box, setting up a Voyageurs penalty shot, but the fourth-year senior stopper denied Sarah Sanford from the spot to keep the game scoreless at the half.
The penalty save marked Mintchev’s second denial of a Laurentian penalty kick in 2016.
The back-and-forth action continued with the Ravens and Laurentian trading chances, but both keepers were standing tall between the posts.
In the 81st minute, the Voyageurs grabbed the lead when Brianne Rodrigue rushed down the flank and sent a cross through two Ravens defenders in the box to Sam Kelkirk, who knocked the ball into the far corner of the net past a sprawling Mintchev.
Down a goal, and with their season hanging in the balance, the Ravens sprung into desperate action in search of a tying goal. Carleton had opportunities to strike back late in the contest, but their efforts up front went unrewarded as the final whistle blew on their 2016 season.
The Ravens managed only two corner kicks in the game, while Laurentian looked more threatening in the attacking third by producing six corner kicks. The Voyageurs finished the game with nine shots on goal, eight of which were stopped by Mintchev, compared to only four from Carleton.
The women’s soccer team was held goalless at Laurentian for the second time this season following the 0-0 draw back in mid October.
Carleton’s campaign ends in early disappointment, making it the second time in three seasons that the team has been bounced in the preliminary round as the fifth seed.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#1 Rada Mintchev – Goalkeeper – 4th year – Ottawa, ON