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WSOC: Ravens, Laurentian play to goalless stalemate

Written by Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

SUDBURY, ON — The Carleton Ravens women’s soccer team played to a 0-0 draw with the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday afternoon at LU Fields.

The tie leaves little separation between the two sides as they sit level on 22 points in the OUA East standings after 13 regular season games.

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The Ravens and Voyageurs had to battle against the elements throughout the ninety minutes, including strong gusts of wind which hampered with ball control.

With the wind at their back in the first, Laurentian owned more possession in the opening half, but only three of their 13 shots managed to hit the target. When called upon, Ravens keeeper Rada Mintchev (Ottawa, ON) turned aside the attempts to keep the game at nil-nil.

Laurentian’s field’s smaller surface area made it difficult for either team to find extra space, leading to a signifiant number of fifty-fifty challenges in the middle third of the pitch.

Heading into the second half in a scoreless tie, Carleton began to take more possession of the ball, but the Voyageurs defence halted the Ravens’ forward progress to keep the game deadlocked.

As the game came down to the wire, Carleton produced its best scoring chance of the contest with five minutes remaining. Taking possession of the ball, winger Abby Nicastro (Ottawa, ON) flew down the flank before sending a great lob pass into the box to Amanda Ngwafusi (Ottawa, ON), but her header at goal went just wide of the net.

Laurentian came back the other way and pressed for the game-winning strike late in regulation. With the Ravens back on their heels in the final minute, the Voyageurs came within inches of picking up all three points, but the final shot of the game hit the inside of the post and stayed out of the Carleton goal.

With one point earned against the Voyageurs, Carleton (6-3-4) still has some work to do with three games remaining in the regular season. With a string of successful results in the last few fixtures, the Ravens still have an opportunity to host a first-round playoff game. Carleton will take on the Nipissing Lakers (4-7-2, 7th OUA East) in the second game of their Northern Ontario trip tomorrow.

RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#1 Rada Mintchev – Goaltender – 4th year – Ottawa, ON

UP NEXT:
Carleton at Nipissing
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 12 p.m.
Nipissing Field – North Bay, ON