Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens defeated the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks 3-0 on Sunday night, completing a perfect month of September in which they won all eight of their matches.
“Ontario Tech was really organized, you could see by the standings and the results that they’ve had why they are doing what they’re doing,” said Ravens Head Coach Kwesi Loney. “We came in prepared; we didn’t underestimate them, and we slightly changed how we wanted to play. I think that gave us the result today.”
It was a tight match from kickoff, with neither team allowing the other space to operate through the first 20 minutes. The Ravens capitalized on their first scoring chance of the match in the 22nd minute however, on a headed goal by defender Cristopher Malekos.
Dario Conte picked up the ball on the left side from 40 yards out and played a long diagonal ball over the top towards the penalty spot. Malekos beat his defenders to the spot in time to power the headed ball over the goalkeeper.
“Cris [Malekos] is a big presence in the area, you can see that aerial for us. He’s great defensively and attacking wise,” said Loney.
Ravens goalkeeper Nick Jeffs came up with his biggest save of the night just two minutes later after the Ridgebacks were awarded a free kick from the top of the box. Christopher Campoli curled the ball over the wall and towards the gaping net, where Jeffs was able to get to it and punch away to clear the danger.
Another chance came for the Ravens just six minutes after half time, when Stefan Karajovanovic was played in 1-on-1 with the Ridgebacks goalkeeper. Karajovanovic attempted a shot, but had his jersey pulled from behind by Jacob Begley in the penalty area and went to ground.
Begley was awarded a red card on the play, gifting Karajovanovic a penalty kick. Karajovanovic stepped up and made no mistakes, sending the goalkeeper to the right before calmly placing the ball in the bottom-left corner.
Emad Houache added another goal for the Ravens shortly before full time, capitalizing on the rebound of a Jimi Aribido shot which hit the post and landed at his feet.
“We kept on doing what we wanted to do. When you start playing against more challenging teams it’s not going to happen [for you] right away. There was no need for us to change anything because it was just us working through it. We were fine with how we were playing, it was just about getting a couple more opportunities and getting the ball to fall,” added Loney.
The Ravens will be back in action for a mid-week game against the Queen’s Gaels on Thursday, September 3rd at 4pm at MNP Park.