Ravens News

WSOC: Ravens spook No.3 Gee-Gees in 1-1 draw

Written by Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

OTTAWA, ON — The Ravens women’s soccer team gave the No.3 nationally-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees a solid run for their money on Senior Day at MNP Park, rallying late for a 1-1 draw in the final regular season home game of 2016.

Carleton showed why they are a team which the Gee-Gees may not fancy running into come playoff time, as the Ravens nearly completed an upset late in extra time with several golden opportunities from set pieces that uOttawa barely staved off in the dying moments.

In tying the Gee-Gees on Saturday, Carleton successfully captured its first point against uOttawa since a 0-0 stalemate on September 26, 2015.

BOX SCORE

Carleton brought a physical edge early in the game to counter the speed of the Gee-Gees, with some hard tackles being made in the middle third of the pitch. Despite a chorus of boos reigning down from the stands from displeased uOttawa supporters in attendance, the Ravens stifled the skillful attack of their cross-town rivals early on.

In the 12th minute, fifth-year senior Amanda Ngwafusi (Ottawa, ON) had the game’s first great chance in front of goal, but a sliding block by a Gee-Gees defender at the last moment denied Carleton of the close-range scoring opportunity.

The Ravens would rue the miss just a few minutes later, as Carleton would fall behind the Gee-Gees, 1-0, following a critical turnover in the defensive zone. A pass interception by a uOttawa player gifted midfielder Katherine Bearn the ball at the top of the box before she blasted a high 25-yard shot over Ravens keeper Rada Mintchev (Ottawa, ON) and into the goal to put the visitors ahead in the 14th minute.

The Gee-Gees nearly doubled their lead when a well-placed free kick drifted into the congested crowd fighting for position inside the goal mouth, but Mintchev stormed through the group to force the ball away from danger.

In the 40th minute, Carleton came inches away from tying the game up as Ngwafusi struck a cross that traveled through the six-yard box and right by a streaking Abby Nicastro (Ottawa, ON), whose timing was just off from making contact with the ball and an open net in sight.

The Gee-Gees would hold a 1-0 advantage heading into the break.

Ottawa put plenty of pressure on the Ravens to begin the second half, but Carleton keeper Rada Mintchev kept the Gee-Gees at bay with a few heroic stops.

In the 58th minute, uOttawa’s Sophie Curtis smashed a elusive goal-bound shot through a Ravens defender that Mintchev read well to turn away at the near post.

The fourth-year stopper was called upon once more in the 63rd minute, as Gee-Gees forward Victoria Marchand moved into the 18-yard box unmarked before cranking a shot directed at the top corner that Mintchev managed to tip over the net.

With Mintchev doing everything in her power to keep Carleton in the game, the Ravens finally rewarded their keeper with an equalizer late in regulation.

In the 82nd minute, the Ravens did well to move the ball down the pitch and into Gee-Gees territory before Carleton was fouled, providing them with a threatening set piece on the flank. Abby Nicastro stepped up for the kick and sent in a great cross that sweeper Sarah Zutrauen (Ottawa, ON) leaped up for to head past uOttawa’ s Margot Shore for the game-tying tally.

The boisterous crowd continued to encourage Carleton as the home team aimed to steal the game in dramatic fashion. Ottawa lost its composure in the defensive third as the Ravens converged in Gee-Gees territory. Despite having five corner kicks, hitting the cross-bar on one attempt and coming agonizingly close to grabbing the winner with several scrambles in the box, the Ravens simply could not capitalize with some glorious looks on goal.

With a well deserved point against the Gee-Gees, the Ravens remain in a log jam in the OUA East standings, currently sitting in fourth place. Carleton closes out the season with four straight road fixtures starting with a road trip  to Northern Ontario to challenge Laurentian (Oct. 15) and Nipissing (Oct.16) next weekend.

RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#4 Sarah Zutrauen – Defender – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON

UP NEXT:

Carleton at Laurentian
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 12 p.m.
LU Soccer Fields – Sudbury, ON

_vw_0042

Ravens Senior Day: (L-R) Amanda Ngwafusi, Nicole Filipow, Rada Mintchev, Vanessa Germano and Abby Nicastro.

vw__0610 vw__0527 vw__0032