Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
NORTH BAY, ON — The Ravens women’s soccer team played out their third consecutive draw in a 2-2 finish against the Nipissing Lakers.
It was lively first half that saw the teams combine to score four goals in the opening forty-five minutes, but the action cooled off in the second as neither side could produce a winner in a tense, playoff-like meeting.
With Carleton and Nipissing still jostling for ground in the standings, both teams came out flying to get the early leg up. Defender Sarah Zutrauen (Ottawa, ON) continued to impress with her great run of form, as she put the Ravens on the board in the 2nd minute.
Up by a goal, Carleton held onto the lead for a large portion of the first half, but a scoring flurry near the intermission changed the dynamic of the game in a matter of minutes.
After applying some pressure, Nipissing levelled the game at 1-1, thanks to a goal by Renee Clarke. With the momentum briefly swinging in the home team’s favour, Carleton remained keen on gaining back their advantage.
Winger Abby Nicastro (Ottawa, ON) helped the Ravens go back up by sniping her fourth goal of the season in the 44th minute, however, the Lakers would catch Carleton sleeping on the cusp of halftime, tying the game at 2-2 in the final moments leading up to the break.
The second had an abundance of action at both ends as well, but the Ravens and Lakers battled to a goalless half. Carleton registered eight shots on net in the final forty-five minutes of play, and Ravens keeper Rada Mintchev (Ottawa, ON) was equally as busy as she denied seven of Nipissing’s scoring chances on target.
With two games to play in the regular season, Carleton sits in fifth place in the OUA East standings. The Ravens have clinched a playoff spot since the Lakers cannot mathematically catch Carleton, even if the Ravens fail to register any points in their last two fixtures. Carleton can also gain some ground in the playoff picture next weekend, but they’ll likely need a few wins in order to host a postseason game at MNP Park.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#4 Sarah Zutrauen – Defender – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton at Toronto
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 1 p.m.
Varsity Centre – Toronto, ON