Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens were unable to create any offensive chances on Saturday night as they fell 2-0 to the Trent Excalibur.
“We didn’t play like we wanted to win today,” said Ravens Head Coach Dom Oliveri.
The Excalibur took an early lead in the match through Violet Hipkin’s goal in the ninth minute. Hipkin received the ball just inside the left side of the box from Emma Twohey and struck it with her left foot. The shot found its way in, looping over the head of Ravens goalkeeper Sophie Ehlebracht.
A chance fell for Excalibur forward Cherilyn Yeboah just three minutes later after a shot from Twohey was deflected into her path right in front of goal. The ensuing shot knocked off the post and bounced out of danger.
Ehlebracht was relied on heavily in net for the Ravens, registering nine saves in the first half alone. “It wasn’t her [fault] today, it was about the 10 players in front of her who didn’t provide much help,” said Oliveri.
The Ravens got their best chance in the 57th minute, after a long free kick from Youma Konate was deflected into the air by the Excalibur goalkeeper. Elodie Sylvain was able to get her head to the rebound but sent it wide.
Yeboah scored an insurance marker for the Excalibur in the 67th minute after dancing past multiple defenders on her way into the right side of the box. Her shot deflected off the left post and into the back of the net.
“We didn’t show up to play,” added Oliveri. “We’re a young team but that can’t happen.”
The Ravens will be at home for a match against the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks on Sunday, September 29th at 8pm at MNP Park.