Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Toronto Varsity Blues
TORONTO, ON — One thing is for certain: the Ravens women’s soccer team will open the 2016 OUA playoffs on the road.
Carleton (6-4-5) suffered a 2-1 setback to the Toronto Varsity Blues (7-7-1) on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Stadium in a game that cost the Ravens any chance of hosting a postseason fixture at MNP Park.
The Ravens and V-Blues played a conservative first half, with both teams taking just three shots in the opening forty five minutes.
Carleton eventually created a scoring opportunity and cracked the Toronto defence, as fifth-year senior Nicole Filipow (Edmonton, AB) setup Emily Copeland Dinan (Ottawa, ON) for the breakthrough goal and a 1-0 Ravens lead in the 33rd minute. The strike marked Copeland Dinan’s team-leading fifth marker of the season.
Up 1-0 at the half, the Ravens were given a boost in the 54th minute, when Toronto’s Laura Krkachovski was dismissed from the game following a straight red card from the official, giving Carleton a one-man advantage for the final thirty-six minutes.
Toronto, who had yet to guarantee itself of a playoff spot, showed a different pace and desperation in the last thirty minutes despite playing down a player and a goal.
The Varsity Blues tied the game up in the 65th minute courtesy of their leading scorer, Natasha Klasios, who ripped a left-footed strike from just inside the 18-yard box past the outstretched arms of Ravens keeper Rada Mintchev (Ottawa, ON) to level the game at 1-1.
With both teams needing points, it was Toronto who pulled ahead late in the game. The Varsity Blues’ Chelsea Chung scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the 76th minute when she raced into the 18-yard box unmarked on a fastbreak and calmly finished off a cross from Natasha Klasios to make it 2-1 for the home team.
Carleton did not have an answer on the other end, as the Blues clinched the final OUA East playoff spot with the favourable result.
Sitting on 23 points through 15 games, and with one regular season game remaining against Ryerson tomorrow, Carleton holds onto the OUA East’s fifth-place position, one point above the Varsity Blues, who also have one game to play to close out the regular season schedule.
The Ravens can finish in either fifth or sixth position in the standings, with their opponent to be determined based on results on Sunday.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#1 Rada Mintchev – Goaltender – 4th year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton at Ryerson
Sunday, October 22, 2016 – 1 p.m.
Downsview Park – Toronto, ON