Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON — The Ravens women’s soccer team delivered a masterful performance against Queen’s on Sunday afternoon, coming away with a 4-2 win in a high-scoring affair at MNP Park.
The game played out much differently than the match-up from two weekends ago, which saw the Ravens struggle to find goals in a 1-0 defeat to the Gaels in Kingston, ON.
“We just had to simplify things today, relax and play the game,” said Carleton head coach Fred Juett. “We shifted our formation and we went back to what the team was comfortable with and they responded tremendously.”
Carleton was fired up in front of the home fans, as senior Amanda Ngwafusi (Ottawa, ON) got Carleton on the board first as she fired home a great flick on header pass from Emily Copeland Dinan (Ottawa, ON) to make it 1-0 for the Ravens in the 17th minute.
Queen’s answered in the 38th minute when they buried in close to the net on a header from an outswinging corner kick to make it 1-1.
However, the Ravens continued to apply pressure in the seesaw battle and they would go ahead in the 41st minute thanks to Emily Copeland Dinan, who made her second impact play of the half to put Carleton up 2-1. The third year striker had her initial shot blocked by Queen’s defender but the clearing attempt smashed off of Copeland Dinan’s shin and deflected right past Gaels keeper Madison Tyrell to help Carleton re-establish the lead.
Carleton continued to pour it on to begin the second half when Tori MacFarlane (Kars, ON) connected perfectly on a set piece delivery from Ngwafusi to head it past Tyrell for a 3-1 Ravens lead.
Amanda Ngwafusi capped off her stellar performance with the nail in the coffin in 65th minute as her dipping knuckleball 30-yard free kick slid underneath the Queen’s keeper and into the net to give the Ravens a commanding 4-1 scoreline.
Trailing by three goals, the Gaels would cut the deficit in half the 68th minute when Tara Bartrum scored for Queen’s to make it 4-2.
In the end though, Carleton had done enough to collect all three points.
“We were dangerous today and I thought we delivered the ball around the pitch well,” added coach Juett. “This was our best game of the year to date because every player worked their tail off and we outbattled (Queen’s).”
The Ravens (6-3-2) move up to third in the OUA East standings, one point ahead of Queen’s but with the Gaels holding a game in hand.
Carleton will require a similar team effort next weekend if they hope to get a result against undefeated divisional leader uOttawa at MNP Park on Saturday afternoon.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#6 Amanda Ngwafusi – 5th year – Midfielder – Ottawa, ON
Carleton vs. uOttawa
Saturday, October 8, 2016 – 3 p.m.
MNP Park – Ottawa, ON