Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Valerie Wutti
NORTH BAY, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens defeated the Nipissing Lakers 3-0 on Sunday afternoon to continue their perfect start to the season.
The Ravens have picked up all 12 possible points in their first four games while on the road, placing themselves at the top of the OUA East standings.
Although the Ravens dictated the match early on, it was the Lakers with the first significant chance. Ravens Goalkeeper Nick Jeffs gave the ball away in his box to the Lakers’ Seth Grant, but stopped the ensuing shot point-blank.
Carleton would get their first opportunity four minutes later, when Cristopher Malekos’ shot from just inside the middle of the box was parried away by the Lakers goalkeeper.
The Ravens would have another chance just 10 minutes later when Stefan Karajovanovic turned his defender at half, sprinted forward and attempted to play a long ball which was deflected out for a corner kick. Quinn Honeyman-Wootton swung the ball in from the corner which dropped at the goal mouth for Karajovanovic to tap in for his first goal of the season.
“We created quite a few [opportunities] in the half and needed that one to fall for us to settle back in and take a little bit of pressure off,” said Ravens Head Coach Kwesi Loney.
The Lakers would give Karajovanovic another chance 10 minutes after halftime, when one of their defenders attempted a hard slide tackle just outside the box leading to a free kick. Karajovanovic would make no mistake, curling the ball up and around the wall, dropping it into the bottom right corner of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Momentum would continue for the Ravens, who led the Lakers 10-3 in shots on goal by the end of the match. The pressure would pay off in the 83rd minute, when first-year Forward Daniel Assaf was played forward in the box. The pass led Assaf to the right side, but he cut back across his defender and slotted the ball near-post with his left foot, notching his first goal as a Raven for the 3-0 victory.
“We were happy to see Danny [Assaf] score his first goal as a Raven and Stef [Karajovanovic] to get back on the scoresheet from last season,” said Loney. “It means that we can score from different players and different positions, it just makes us a bigger threat.”
“We’re looking forward to introducing our fans, friends and family back to the Ravens soccer team again and seeing what we are capable of doing on our home field.”
The Ravens will return to Ottawa in anticipation of their home opener next weekend, when they host the Nipissing Lakers for a rematch on Saturday, September 14th at 2:15pm.