Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – A three-goal outburst in the second half led the Carleton Ravens to a 4-1 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs on Sunday afternoon. The result puts the Ravens in sole possession of first place in the OUA standings with a record of 6-0-0.
“I thought [our play] was good today. We wanted to execute on some particular tactics, we got organized and had some new personnel in. We really enjoy what we’re doing, trying to play more in the interior. We were able to do that so we’re really happy with the performance,” said Ravens Head Coach Kwesi Loney.
The Ravens came out strong in the match, capitalizing on their first chance just two minutes in. Emad Houache placed a well-weighted cross to the far post for Silvio Simil to run on to. Simil made no mistake, directing the ball into the back of the net on the volley from a couple yards out.
An equalizer came just 14 minutes later for the Voyageurs however, when Graeme McLean’s harmless-looking half-volley from the top of the box looped over Ravens Goalkeeper Kyle Potter.
Potter came up big just before halftime, making an important save on the Voyageurs’ Augustus Oku. Oku got behind his defenders after receiving the ball from a long throw-in, bearing down on net. He managed to get a shot off, but Potter was able to get his body in front of it and pick the ball out of the air to end the danger, sending the teams into half time tied 1-1.
“It wasn’t the half we wanted, but I thought our performance was still indicative of a good result so we kept it positive at halftime,” said Loney. “We came into the second half and showed our quality so I was happy.”
The Ravens came out firing in the second half, managing to take a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute. Dario Conte picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch and decided to have a strike from 25 yards out. His initial effort rattled off the crossbar but dropped favourably in front of goal, where Ricky Comba was able to tuck it into the net.
Comba scored his second goal of the game just three minutes later off a corner kick. Simil delivered an in-swinging ball to the near post where Comba was waiting to head it home.
The final dagger came in the 73rd minute on a perfectly placed strike from Conte. Conte received the ball from Gabriel Bitar in the middle of the pitch, and once again had an effort from distance. The shot from 26 yards out curled into the top-right corner of the net past the goalkeeper for Conte’s second stunner of the weekend.
“We have a lot of very creative individuals and you want to make sure that they can express themselves. If everything is structured and everything is limited, guys aren’t going to want to play. I feel that it’s our gamebreaker, sometimes it does help us win games when we need them,” added Loney.
The Ravens will be back in action next weekend, starting on Saturday, September 21st with a game at Queen’s University at 3:15pm.